Philosophy and the question of its utility

Philosophy begins with some problem caused by some or the other sense of illusion, doubt, confusion, inconsistency, incompleteness, etc., we confront when we become reflective or self-conscious of in a theorization, or conceptualization on a concept and the reflecting on continues untill the problem is clarified or the confusion is removed. The removal of the problem is not the end of philosophical reflection because, being a rational animal and moreover a reflecting being, a man may again confront with some or the other problem. This is relational to his rational hunger. The paper under discussion critically observes the theories that take philosophy as vision of reality, description of the vision into ultimate, speculation into the substance, etc. It critically examines theories that take philosophy as subjective or objective reflection and observes it as a cognitive activity par excellence; a reflective or self -conscious activity on the objects of knowledge that are intelligible being. Since Philosophical reflections aim at conceptual clarification, interpretation and lastly wisdom, the question of a risk against philosophy does not hold merit. Philosophy fulfils human aspiration because of which its individual and public utility can neither be denied nor be overlooked.


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