What is philosophy?
Confessions are yet another philosophical thing to do – Saint Augustine went as far as to write a book with that title and influenced half of the Middle Ages to do the same. And we could say that there is some form of Socratic confession here too – the one wise enough to know that he does not know (pretentious, I know, but if you are curious, here is a rather nasty article about Socrates I have written a while back).
And yet, I think it to be a good start to say that to do philosophy, or be philosophical, one has to keep to five standards that were just mentioned:
- Aim for a wider understanding of the subject
- Maintain critical evaluation of the subject
- Stay logical/consistent in the use of language
- Keep an empirical grounding in reflection
- Be self-reflexive