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The first philosophers had no sources and no vocabulary other than what their own powers of reason could muster.
But the attitude many on this site seem to take regarding "philosophy" reminds me of the attitude of classical musicians: Anything that does not fall within their accepted tradition and uses their accepted terminology is not worthy of serious consideration, ignoring the fact that much of what is today considered "classical music" was once "popular music". (Beethoven as a pianist might be categorized as a jazz musician today, based on his inventive and improvisational approach.)
It seems that such an attitude endangers the pursuit of "philosophy" and risks bring about its eventual extinction - much as classical music today is limited to a very small audience relative to the population as a whole. This is a loss both to the public at large and to the 'classical community'.
To quote the well known jazz musician, composer and critic Leonard Feather:
Jazz is the CLASSICAL MUSIC of the 20th Century.
Perhaps also relevant here are the words of Charles Mingus, who needs no introduction:
Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
Times change. Likewise, the definitions and lines of demarcations of various academic and artistic disciplines. Perhaps "Philosophy" needs a "shake up"? A "wake up"?