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1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / a. Philosophy as worldly

[philosophy aims to understand the (human) world]

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Free and great-souled men do not keep asking "what is the use of it?" [Aristotle]
Everyone should study philosophy until they see all people in the same light [Diog. Laertius on Crates of Thebes]
What philosophy offers humanity is guidance [Seneca]
Philosophy aims at happiness [Seneca]
I don't study Plato for his own sake; the primary aim is always understanding [Feuerbach]
Philosophers have interpreted the world, but the point is to change it [Marx]
Sciences concern existence, but philosophy also concerns potential existence [Peirce]
The main aim of philosophy must be to determine the order of rank among values [Nietzsche]
The first aim of a philosopher is a life, not some works [Nietzsche]
You should only develop a philosophy if you are willing to live by it [Nietzsche]
Philosophy is pointless if it does not advocate, and live, a new way of life [Nietzsche]
Philosophy aims to become more disciplined about categories [Ryle]
The job of the philosopher is to distinguish facts about the world from conventions [Putnam]
Philosophy aims to understand the world, through ordinary experience and science [Dummett]
Honesty requires philosophical theories we can commit to with our ordinary commonsense [Lewis]
An overexamined life is as bad as an unexamined one [Dennett]
Philosophy aims at what is interesting, remarkable or important - not at knowledge or truth [Deleuze/Guattari]
Organisms understand their worlds better if they understand themselves [Gulick]
Philosophy is empty if it does not in some way depend on matters of fact [Machery]
A chief task of philosophy is making reflective sense of our common sense worldview [Thomasson]