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Independent Press Award 

2024 winner

The Essence of Philosophy

Saul Silas Fathi

The essence of philosophy is the pursuit of fundamental knowledge and understanding. It is a discipline that asks the most basic questions about existence, reality, knowledge, value, reason, mind, and language. Philosophers have been grappling with these questions for centuries, and there is no one definitive answer to any of them. But that doesn't make philosophy any less valuable. In fact, it is precisely because these questions are so difficult to answer that philosophy is so important.

Philosophy is not just a theoretical exercise. It has practical implications for our everyday lives. For example, our philosophical beliefs about the nature of reality and knowledge influence our decisions about what to believe, how to live, and how to treat others. Our philosophical beliefs about value and ethics influence our decisions about what is right and wrong, good and bad. And our philosophical beliefs about reason and mind influence our decisions about how to think and how to learn.

In short, philosophy is essential for anyone who wants to live a thoughtful and reflective life. It helps us to understand ourselves, the world around us, and our place in it. It also helps us to think critically, to make informed decisions, and to live a good life.

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