I need help in getting started in my philosophy course. How do I go about "philosophizing" about Socrates famous saying "The unexamined life is not worth living"? I need help with an outline of sorts regarding how to properly breakdown what I think it means to me (give an example of how I might do this). Perhaps a personal application. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Below is your solution. It is in 2 parts. The first part is a short & concise explanation on the relevance/history of Philosophy to the building of civilizations & how philosophy is used in Science, in the academe & our daily lives; I feel that this is important for you to read/know as it will help you in understanding what it means to 'philosophize'. The second part is an example of a manner by which the Socratic Phrase you set above is 'debated on'. Use this as your guide in creating/philosophizing your own views. Attached is a word version.
Guide: Explaining Philosophy - Essential Critical Science
There is that heavy debate between academics as to where philosophy belongs; is it a social science or does it belong to the study of arts & letters (in general, literature)? Philosophy by etymology stems from the Greek word philosophia which literally means love of knowledge. In the ancient world, in Greece, Rome, Europe in the Middle Ages and even in the Far East, people referred to the learned of their men as 'Philosophers', he who seeks to know. For instance, in ancient China, Confucius established a philosophy that provides a perspective of wisdom as to how and why life should be lived in a certain manner. His philosophy is so powerful and his teachings are universal that it survives as the philosophy Confucianism to this very day. One of his classic teachings is 'The Golden Rule' - do unto others what you want others to do unto you. History teaches that Civilization as we know it started in Ancient Greece when Men employed critical thinking into how they saw the world. While they did worship their pantheon of Gods they also had a group of men who initiated a form of governance we now know as 'a republic' and the idea of democracy and citizenship. To arrive at their highly complicated yet elegant form of governance without the need for Royalty, despots & altogether avoiding internal strife & tyranny, politics became a science, something that required mastery, thinking & observation. Most Athenian Politicians either had military experience or are 'philosophers', men who thought & taught and learned from their ...
The solution guides the student in tackling philosophy as a body of learning presenting easy to digest explainations so as to present philosophy's importance in terms of knowledge creation and understanding the world in a manner that does not daunt but hopefully inspires. It does so by example presenting an analysis of Socrates' famous saying 'an unexamined life is not worth living' from a philosopher's point of view.The debates & arguments presented are to set an example and guide as to how philosophy makes sense of the world in a bid to make the body of knowledge less enigmatic and more essential/critical in making sense of reality and of ordering one's life and the world. The solution is written in APA format with references for research expansion. Attached is a word version of the solution for easy printing.