What is the practical use of philosophy?
Does philosophy move us toward a deeper understanding of the human condition, or does philosophy push us away from understanding the human condition (thru "detactment")?
It was Schopenhaur who said that in order to be a philosopher, one must be half-dead; however, Schopenhaur would have argued that he had unraveled the mystery of the human condition.
However, can one really be "half-dead" and have a deeper insight into being alive than all the non-philosophers? Wouldn't it be the lumberjack with the real insight?
Edit: Philosophy asks us to look at questions from the outside in, yet actual experience is gained differently. We are held captive by the immediatcy of "reality" during experience. Therefore, how is it possible to gain knowledge of experience at all? If the knowledge we obtain through philosophy is not relavant to our human experience, then what is philosophy really teaching us?
For example, with philosophy we can view food in many different ways. We can learn the importance of eating good food. However, it cannot teach us how to enjoy food.
Put more strongly, even if philosophy could definitively tell us what is good, what is truth, what is real, it cannot lead us any closer to the good, the truth, or the real, because there is no such thing as knowledge of experience.