Does "phylosophy" really mean useless chatting about nothing?

@thommas (144)
Latvia
October 24, 2010 6:51am CST
Hello, Mylotters, how do you think what does the term "philosophy" mean? Some people use this word to label an useless chatting and blabbering instead of doing a serious work. At the same time, philosophy is an official subject in many study programs and there are even special faculties in the university for philosophical studies. If translating from the Greek language this term means "loving of the wisdom" but who nowadays can say what a wisdom really is? An ability to make a lot of money - that's a real meaning of a wisdom in 21st century. A lot of companies call their business strategies in this word like "our business philosophy". Is this correct? How do you think?
2 responses
@kevingee (283)
• Philippines
24 Oct 10
Thats what I am thinking about too. I actually have Philosophy subject nowadays and I really find it tiring. But though its like that, I think Philosophy is really great, No you're wrong, its not useless blabbering. Philosophers are great. They have really great ideas! I mean, their logic are really good and thats what make it unique. So for me, Philosophy is really a great stuff! :)
@thommas (144)
• Latvia
24 Oct 10
Thanks, I also think that a philosophy is a very interesting thing and reading works of the philosophers and thinking about them could be really exiting. At the same time, it is hard to deny that this doesn't give us any practical benefits. From the point of of view of pragmatic people, it's just a waste of time.
@NoWayRo (1063)
• Romania
25 Oct 10
Well, for me, philosophy is in the first place a way to learn how to organize your thoughts and keep your mind focused on a subject, instead of allowing it to wander aimlessly. Another thing is that it helps you question stereotypes. So, yeah, "business philosophy" would be correct, in my opinion, if the company's board of directors would meet regularly to discuss questions such as "are we making more money than we deserve? How can we stop that?", "Do we use bad men to achieve our goals? Does this make our goals bad?", "Are good people always good employees, or can a good person be a bad employee?". I'd love to see a business meeting going like that.