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This video discusses the development of human philosophy, from its earliest origins to the present day. It covers the origins and differences between eastern and western philosophy, as well as the major thinkers in each tradition. It also explores the topics of knowledge, motivation, and the future of philosophy.

  • 00:00:00 This 1-minute video tells the story of the development of human philosophy, from the earliest beginnings to the present day. It discusses the origins and differences between eastern and western philosophy, as well as the major thinkers in each tradition. It also covers the topics of knowledge, motivation, and the future of philosophy.
  • 00:05:00 Philosophy is the love of wisdom and the first human science. It is a structured rational thinking that is founded on rationality. Philosophy examines the most important questions in life, such as why death exists, and what reality is.
  • 00:10:00 Philosophy has been around for a long time, and it has played an important role in helping humans understand the world and how to navigate it correctly. However, today it is a bit lazy and out of touch, and is struggling to find a new purpose.
  • 00:15:00 This video tells us about a new type of human, the ubermensch, who create new values through their artistic and philosophical works. Nietzsche criticised philosophy for being too rational, not passionate enough. Philosophy is an old man who has produced many amazing kids, but now feels lost for purpose. Intuition is the perfect tool for philosophy to understand and explain the world.
  • 00:20:00 In this video, philosophy is discussed in terms of ontology (what is), epistemology (how we know), physics (what is), metaphysics (what is beyond the physical world), reason (how we reason), and logic (how we communicate philosophical arguments). Terms like ontology and epistemology give birth to sciences, while reason and logic are used in philosophical debates.
  • 00:25:00 Philosophy is the study of ideas, and its main divisions are rationalism vs empiricism, ethics vs political philosophy, and egalitarianism vs elitism. The main questions debated by philosophers are: is there a God, is equality important, and is there a difference between greatness and ordinary people?
  • 00:30:00 The video explores the differences between eastern and western philosophies, with eastern philosophies emphasizing the individual and western philosophies emphasizing the group. It goes on to discuss the different ways in which each philosophy approaches the question of what is important in life. Finally, it discusses the contrasting approaches to physical science and mental well-being taken by eastern and western philosophies.
  • 00:35:00 The central difference between Eastern and Western philosophy is that the former is based in the Indian and Chinese civilisations, which are oriented around rivers and mountains, while the latter is based in Ancient Greece and Rome, which were influenced by other civilisations. The Greeks and Romans developed a more rational discourse which allowed them to develop a more sophisticated science. However, the reliance on trade promoted the exchange of ideas and practical sciences. Indian and Chinese philosophy is based around rivers and mountains, which promotes a different way of thinking and is oriented towards mental well-being, happiness, and spirituality.
  • 00:40:00 Eastern philosophy focuses on the interconnectedness of all things, while Western philosophy focuses on the individual. Eastern philosophy is more fatalistic, while Western philosophy is more change-oriented. Climate and geography play a role in the development of the two philosophies. The Greeks relied on trade to bring food and goods to them, while the Chinese and Indians relied on their rivers to bring food to them. Rice was a crop that was incredibly water-thirsty in both China and India, so the two countries relied on it to sustain a large population. Eastern philosophy is more spiritual, while Western philosophy is more practical.
  • 00:45:00 In this video, philosophy professor Jordan B. Peterson discusses the differences between eastern and western philosophy. Eastern philosophy is more focused on negation of the self, while western philosophy is firmly rooted in the idea of individual self. This difference has consequences for the way eastern and western civilizations interact with their environment. Eastern civilizations are more focused on flowing with nature, while the west is more focused on conquering the world.
  • 00:50:00 The ancient Greeks developed a more rational and scientific method to understand the material world, which allowed for objectivity. This method allowed for the development of western philosophy and science. Eastern philosophy, which is centered on farming and rivers, became fatalistic while the Greeks, centered on trade and the seas, became rationalistic. This article will discuss the lives and works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, who are considered the fathers of western philosophy.
  • 00:55:00 The philosopher Socrates is credited with developing the philosophical method of questioning to expose dogma and uncover the truth. Plato argued that humans come with predetermined ideas of what reality is, and that this idea is only a shadow of the real thing. Plato's student, Aristotle, expanded on Plato's ideas, developing the theory of Forms.

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This video discusses the major schools of thought in philosophy and the key philosophers associated with each. It highlights the difference between eastern and western philosophy, with a focus on the individual. It also discusses the importance of knowledge and how it is used to achieve happiness and peace of mind.

  • 01:00:00 Plato's philosophy is based on the idea that knowledge is internal, comes from within, and is a representation of reality. His student, Aristotle, disagreed and believed that humans are rational animals and that truth is found in the external world. Aristotle's philosophy became known as teleology, which looks at things through their purpose.
  • 01:05:00 Eastern philosophy, which includes the teachings of Lao Tzu, the Buddha, and Confucius, emphasizes the importance of nature and the natural way over the abstract reasoning and rationality of western philosophy. While Lao Tzu, Buddha, and Confucianism emphasize different aspects of nature and the natural way, they all share the belief that human beings can achieve peace and happiness by following the natural way. This worldview is different from that of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, who believed that human beings can achieve happiness by pursuing knowledge and truth.
  • 01:10:00 Eastern philosophy is rich and complex, and these three philosophers can help us better understand eastern spirituality. Laozi, Laozi, or Taoism originated in China and stresses the importance of not resisting the natural flow of the universe. Buddha, also from China, believed that all humans suffer and that suffering can be eradicated by understanding and following the path to enlightenment. Both Laozi and Buddha emphasize the importance of living in harmony with nature, and their teachings have profoundly influenced Eastern philosophy and religions.
  • 01:15:00 According to Buddhism, the self or ego is an illusion or mirage, and to be truly enlightened is to not see yourself as a separate self. To ease suffering, we should detach ourselves from our desires and to be truly blissful, we should eliminate the self or ego through meditation and mental discipline.
  • 01:20:00 Confucius believed that a society needs a system of hierarchy to prevent chaos and violence. This hierarchy should be based on age, rank, and ability and be implemented in schools, universities, and companies. Mao attempted to dismantle Confucian hierarchy during the Cultural Revolution, but China has since moved towards a more Confucian system. This hierarchy is based on merit and allows for efficient decision-making.
  • 01:25:00 This 1-paragraph summary of "What's Philosophy?" discusses the two core social philosophical schools of humanism and animalism. Humanism is a belief that all humans are equal, while animalism is a belief that some humans are more equal than others. Humanism is on the rise, while animalism is on the decline, due to the advancement of civilization and the ability to tame nature. Karl Marx is often credited with pioneering communism, but before that he was a proponent of humanism.
  • 01:30:00 The philosopher discussed in this video are Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and Hobbes. They all believe that humans are essentially savage animals and that morality is for the weak. Their philosophy is based on the animal kingdom, and they believe that power and deception are the best methods for achieving success.
  • 01:35:00 According to the humanists, since life is too short, we should all be more equal. Sun Tzu used deception, Machiavelli justified repression, and Hobbes promoted state as a tool to control human savages. However, over the course of history, we are moving towards an egalitarian humanist future. Karl Marx predicted that eventually society will move towards a communist utopia, but in reality all human societies are highly unequal and hierarchical.
  • 01:40:00 This 1-paragraph summary of "What's Philosophy?" discusses the two main philosophical approaches to organizing society: egalitarian humanism and hierarchical elitism. It discusses the philosophy of Francis Bacon, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Erasmus, and Michel Montaigne, with a focus on their views on knowledge and happiness. Bacon, Heidegger, Foucault, and Montaigne each argued that knowledge is essential to achieving happiness and peace of mind, while Erasmus argued that foolishness is a key to achieving wisdom. The video concludes by discussing the importance of education and the impact of Francis Bacon's empirical philosophy on the development of modern science.
  • 01:45:00 Michel de Montaigne, a French philosopher, argued that being content and happy comes from living a simple life devoid of worldly ambition. Erasmus, a Christian, said that being an idiot is the best way to be happy, and that knowledge or power doesn't make people happy, it simplicity and folly. Nietzsche, a German philosopher, was highly critical of the masses and argued that humans are only able to be truly happy when they are aware of their own mortality. Heidegger, a German philosopher, argued that life is a finite phenomenon and that human beings are only able to be truly happy when they know about and accept their own mortality.
  • 01:50:00 This video discusses the ideas of Bertrand Russell and Michel Foucault, two influential 20th century philosophers. Russell argued that work is not a moral good or bad thing, and that working to live is more important than working to death. Foucault argued that knowledge is a tool of power, and that those who have access to it use it to control the rest of us. Montaigne argued that don't follow the crowd and seek out solitude to cultivate your own inner peace.
  • 01:55:00 Rationalists argue that knowledge is innate within us, while empiricists argue that it comes from experience. Kant combined the two schools of thought and helped to develop modern philosophy.

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This video discusses the different schools of philosophy, and the different ways in which philosophers have viewed knowledge and happiness. It highlights the differences between eastern and western philosophy, and discusses the roles of rationalism and empiricism.

  • 02:00:00 David Hume argued that we understand the world through experience, and that not only do we understand it through observation and experiences, but we also have innate knowledge that we learn from experience. German giant Immanuel Kant tried to reconcile the two schools of philosophy, and argued that the world is divided into phenomena (the world as experienced by humans, which is shaped by our inner mental structure) and noumena (the world in itself, which we can never truly know). When we're receiving information through experience, we aren't passive receivers, but instead we impose our own structures onto the world, and the world we see is a reflection of the mental structure we put out to the world.
  • 02:05:00 According to Kant, humans are able to understand the world better through using reason and empirical observation. However, subsequent philosophers, such as Hegel, argued that history and human emotions play a bigger role in human actions. Hegel's philosophy, which is called sociology, views humans as evolving and constantly changing due to their relationship with history. Dialectical processes allow for change to occur through the resolution of opposites.
  • 02:10:00 This 1-paragraph summary of Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophy discusses how he views humans as products of history and how Hegel and Marx agreed that we serve a purpose in history. Sartre also discusses how Marxism found fertile soil in countries with a strong communitarian bond, such as Russia and China. However, despite these attempts, Marxism ultimately failed to create a communist utopia.
  • 02:15:00 Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist philosophy argues that we have no purpose in life because we are made by our own history and free choices. He goes further and says that we are condemned to be free and make mistakes, but this freedom comes with responsibility. Schopenhauer's philosophy takes Kant's distinction between the knowable world of phenomena and the unknowable world of noumena and argues that they are one and the same thing.
  • 02:20:00 Schopenhauer argued that the will is blind and universal, and that it is the cause of our human suffering. He also argued that to fully understand will, it is important to mention the Buddhist idea of the self as an illusion or mirage. For Schopenhauer, music didn't represent the phenomenal world, and instead fostered compassion. Schopenhauer had a massive influence on novelists and musicians of the 19th century.
  • 02:25:00 Friedrich Nietzsche saw human beings as driven by passion rather than reason, and argued that morality should be based on natural instincts rather than religious teachings. His idea of the ubermensch, or "great man," aims to help individuals surpass themselves and become greater than they are currently. Contemporary voices in psychology, such as Jordan Peterson, believe that individuals should take responsibility for their own lives and strive to be the best they can be. Sadhguru, an Indian yogic guru, argues that the world has become too materialistic and that people have lost sight of the higher goals that life can offer.
  • 02:30:00 This video discusses the history, purpose, and ideas of human philosophy. It highlights the differences between eastern and western philosophy, and discusses the roles of rationalism and empiricism. It also discusses the different branches of philosophy, and the different ways in which philosophers have viewed knowledge and happiness.

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