The term 'philosophy' at present had been bastardized by academic philosophy.IvoryBlackBishop wrote: ↑Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:38 pmBy the comparative rarity of high level philosophy jobs, as opposed to the many dime-a-dozen low level "science" jobs heavily advertised and propagated by 6th grade reading level mass media as a sales mechanism, most not even updated from archaic little 19th century tidbits, and mainly for the purpose of selling consumerist trinkets like cell phones, washing machines, and video game consoles to people who religiously consume 6th grade reading level scientistic propaganda and nonsensicalities.
The only purposes the natural sciences serve are either an aesthetic one, akin to philosophy (which if they fail at, are therefore worthless), or simple pragmatics and pratical uses within specific industries and job sectors, which in that regard makes them no different than any other "skill", "work", or "applied sciences", such as plumbing and cable-Tv installation.
However there is still what is inherent Philosophy [basically lover of wisdom], i.e. philosophy-proper as a cognitive and faculty within the human brain.
Philosophy is not merely 'lover of wisdom' but note the implied 'practical' within the term 'wisdom' i.e. the applied knowledge.
DNA wise, all humans are "programmed" with an algorithm for philosophical competence which is necessary for the preservation of the human species in the advent of humanity's greater awareness of larger scale threats, e.g. galactical, rogue meteors, pandemic, WMDs, etc.
To abstract and understand what is philosophy-proper as a natural tendency within all human beings, one need to research every aspects of 'what is philosophy' from the whole of the human database since human emerged and covering Eastern, Western philosophies and philosophies from every corner of the world.
Note the Eastern philosophies already existed as 'philosophy-proper' thousands of years before the Greek Philosophies [the ground for Western Philosophy].
In addition, the Greek Philosophies were heavily influenced by Buddhist and Hindu Philosophies in their initial phases and the reverse vice-versa happened very much later.
I suggest to abstract the common-pattern and understand what is 'philosophy-proper' one need to research on at least 500 definitions of 'what is philosophy' that is defined within Eastern, Western and everywhere the term - philosophy' is used and implied.
I have done that.
From what I have gathered, the essence of what is philosophy-proper is this;
- Philosophy-proper is the "programmed" [via evolution] overriding mental drive of a neural algorithm to ensure the optimal well-being of the individuals and that of humanity via the meta-development and adoption of whatever mental tools* that is necessary.
Philosophy-proper is 'meta' i.e. it overrides all form of knowledge and mental activities including philosophy-itself as a source of knowledge.
This is why we have "the Philosophy of X" where 'X' can be anything.
That is why we have appropriately 'The Philosophy of Science' where philosophy-proper overrides Science and not 'The Science of Philosophy'.