ForgedinHell wrote:In science and mathematics, one may discover truths, and answers, but in philosophy, all one encounters are arguments. In more than 3,000 years of argument, no philosopher has ever explained what is moral, what is immoral, or even if morality exists. If there is a problem that cannot be answered by science and mathematics, then it most certainly cannot be answered by philosophy. Therefore, aside from some entertainment value, philosophy serves no useful purpose. Ijn fact, it is rather harmful, because the time and energy one spends in studying philosophy could be better put to use studying math and science. Any takers?
science and mathematics are areas the resultant of which serves the mass, everybody, even the most simple and trivial people. they can go out "in the market" find "something good" and simply buy it; but you cannot find the answer of questions like what is good and what is bad, what is the best way for life or what is the key to happiness, what is the meaning of life, etc. by spending money! these answers just cannot be packed into ready to buy easy to handle productions which "everybody", no matter wise or foolish, mature or immature can "consume" them!!(another symptom of capitalistic way of looking to matters!). if you think otherwise you just simply getting things wrong, philosophy doesnt beg you hey come and buy me, buy my answers and findings; its just simply nonsense, the story is completely vice versa: even if it was the case you begged the princess philosophy for letting you in her palace there were no guarantee that you can earn anything. questioning the merit of philosophy in the way you did is exactly like questioning the value of art, a piece of music or a beautiful movie just because they are so subjective and idiosyncratic and every artist views the world and the matters differently or that no single "agreement" has been attained between artists, novelists or poets!!!
its hard to see why we just searching for "agreement" ? in the philosophy and art and also in the literature, what is important is not "agreement" but is beauty , transcendence maturity and growth; but not agreement! philosophies are different just because human beings and their paths unlike other species are different. however the more you study philosophies the more you see similarities and agreements instead of differences and diversities.
when you see some beautiful women, their face and body may differ but its not important their face are different, all of them are beautiful; what we are witnessing between the greatest philosophies is the incommensurability of beauties and maturities. the fact is, philosophy is not something lay people dont have and just some isolated people in the ivory tower have, its just that every body even the one who questions the use of "philosophy" has it, but there are people who just have more pure and beautiful philosophies and there are people who have dangerous harmful stupid philosophies and manythings in between. its like a spectrum the matter of degrees; right?
its really hard to read some pieces from Nietzsche or Schopenhauer and not to be inspired by just like listening a beautiful piece of music by Mozart or Wagner and not to feel elated. (Wagner himself was greatly inspired by Schopenhauer)
and remember in philosophy unlike technology its not the outcome of the process which is important, its more the "process" which is important.
linked closely to life with all its frustrations and failures, intractable situations and insoluble problems, philosophy is human life itself.