The Cunning of Geist

038 - Why Philosophy? Why Reason? Why Hegel? - Some Practical Answers

October 03, 2021 Gregory Novak
The Cunning of Geist
038 - Why Philosophy? Why Reason? Why Hegel? - Some Practical Answers
Show Notes

For many people, philosophy is of little interest.  Some see it only as thinking about thinking, and who needs that?  Others compare it to contemplating one’s navel.  And few people understand how philosophy can actually have any meaning in one’s day-to-day activities.

This episode takes the other side.  It first shows why philosophy is needed for a rigorous, articulate, systematic, logical, and critical examination of the big questions in life. 

Next reason itself is discussed, and how it is often downplayed today.  But reason itself cannot be used to denigrate reason, leading to a contradiction. Reason is therefore not relativistic, person to person, but foundational to all. 

Lastly, an examination of Hegel’s full project is provided, showing how his system provides meaning, purpose, and a rational foundation to life; how this purpose is unfolding through an historical process; and how it is relational and holistic, not divisional.  And what this means in terms of living your life.