How should one come into Philosophy based on the article by Dr. Duane Berquist

Natural beginnings of Philosophy
Philosophy as we know begins in the mind. When one wonders then thinks something through that can be considered as what the general people might or can be concerned with, philosophy comes in. People has this natural curiosity to know about the origin of things especially concepts and ideas that are supposedly considered and not questioned by the society. According to Dr. Duane Berquists article, the general natural beginnings of philosophy of are in our desire and in our knowledge.

Both of these general natural beginnings are divided in two parts our desire is divided into our desire to know and our desire to well. For knowledge the natural road in our knowledge or the road from senses into reason, and the natural understanding of axiom.

Coming into philosophy through this natural beginnings
According to Berquists article, there are 11 good reasons why one should come into philosophy through the natural beginnings. Out of this eleven, I choose these two reasons for my reason as why I would come into philosophy through the natural beginnings. First, since things that people have known is best understood when starting at the beginning, then philosophy as it is the very nature of knowing, can best understood if it started in an order which is the beginning through the end. This is like building a house, we start from the foundation, then the posts, then scaffolding and then finishing then having a fully built house. So is philosophy. We start from the natural beginnings since it is the beginning of philosophy and then gradually starting to understand it until we acquire the end of philosophy. Another good reason as a Greek proverb has said, The beginning is half of all (page 8). Introduction is everything as what most inspirational speakers have as a principle to motivate. It is how it is also when acquiring knowledge. And since the natural beginnings is the beginning of Philosophy, it is best to begin philosophy by the natural beginnings since it is half or can be the whole of Philosophy already.

Reason is the large discourse of great things which are general or universal in definition. First of all, a good philosopher must know that reason is the act which Philosophy is mostly started. Along the our natural desire to know and our knowledge, we wonder things because we want to reason it to ourselves or to the people who is concerned about wisdom too.

Reason is not only able to know one thing before or after another, but also one thins through another or by another (page 12). With this, we can say that we use reason because we want to know what things are before it is. And knowing the before of things is like beginning at the beginning to understand what are and why they are as they are. Perhaps the best reason why we use reason is the crowning sense of before which is Aristotles central order among the senses of before which is the sense is in which a cause is before its effect. A philosopher who wonders looks at the cause of things before its effect.

Coming into Philosophy by the use of reason
Since there are the natural beginnings of Philosophy, why should one come into Philosophy through reason too Philosophy, is not in itself immediately by nature (Page 14). As Plato, Aristotle and John Locke expresses, Philosophy is like beginning a search by reason like a sort of hunting and if successful in the end, will result to a reasoned out knowledge. Reasoning out it a result of thinking out things (Page 14).  Before we consider things, ideas or concepts as true, we must define it or separate it among the many ideas and thoughts that we have. After which we distinguish which is the immediate truth and then reason out this conclusions therefore arriving at a reasoned out knowledge.

Acquiring a reasoned out knowledge is best resulted from reasonable guesses than from wild guesses. One cannot be a philosopher without the use of reason and one cannot be a good philosopher if one does not know how to do a good use of reason.


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