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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Well, all these answers are indeed usefully and provide food for thought, but the objective aim of philosophy ( beyond time and culture), is in fact one : to stop (or minimize) the pain.
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Yes. ... Oh, you wanted me to name the overarching purpose, not just say whether one exists? Darn. As others have pointed out, the answer varies greatly from philosopher to philosopher. Personally I ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Yes, there is an overarching purpose to (the study of) philosophy. It is to learn how to think imaginatively, rationally, sensibly, ethically and purposefully. That these skills may be learned while ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

I wonder if there is an overarching purpose or aim to philosophy? Finally a chance to share some insight from mathematics. Joel David Hamkins says, There is a general pattern of inquiry in ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Maybe I can provide an answer with a slightly different taste. At least it is the answer that resonated well with me after I found other answers, similar to ones also given here, a tad bit ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

I like to think of philosophy, not so much as the study of / search for TRUTH, but as the study of what the best ways to find truths might be. Truth is still the centerpiece, but in a more meta-way. ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Using a big brush, an overarching purpose for philosophy is to explain the world. Science and Religion are also hard at work trying to explain the world. Consequently, there are overlaps between ...
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Is it actually a good thing that there is so little consensus and so much disagreement in the field of philosophy?

Philosophy, almost by definition, operates at the edges of human understanding, at the border region between established theory and wild speculation. The reason you don't get fundamental disagreements ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Alwyas a bit risky trying to demarcate subjects, but one way to approach it is to think why do we do Philosophy? What prompts someone to ask "What is the philosophy of X?" (where X can be ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

The problem--as with everything in the philosophical world--is that you'll get very different answers from different philosophers. For Plato, it's a path to deeper truth. For Hume, it's just ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

Marilena Chauí has the following passage in her book "Convite à Filosofia" ['An invitation to philosophy', my translation in what follows] Why Philosophy? Many people ask another question: ...
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Logic and its beginnings and why it is

Logicians, studying logic, have concluded that there are an infinity of logics. This discovery is called logical pluralism. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/think/article/abs/guide-to-logical-...
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Is the Anglo-Analytical tradition founded on rejecting the principle of sufficient reason?

I think Nagel has no clue what "Principle of Sufficient Reason" really means. Perhaps he's right that analytic philosophers have traditionally felt comfortable with assuming ultimate, brute ...
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