What is Philosophy? Philosophy is the study of knowledge, reality, and existence. And what does that mean exactly? That's just it - there is no exact in philosophy. Philosophy is the practice of asking really big questions that have no clear answer or that have more than one answer. The word philosophy comes from the Greek words for love and wisdom. Simply, philosophy is the love of wisdom. Philosophers ask questions to open topics of discussion and to get people thinking.
Here are five questions a philosopher might ask:
1. Is our government working?
2. What does it mean to be beautiful?
3. What makes something music?
4. Who is the most important person in your classroom?
5. Should asking some questions be against the law?
The ancient Greeks thought of philosophy as an art, and philosophers as teachers of the art of asking questions. But some things in ancient Greece could not be questioned. It was against the law to do so. But that did not stop one famous philosopher from asking these questions anyway. He found himself in a lot of trouble because he ignored the law. His name was Socrates. Two other famous Greek philosophers were Plato and Aristotle, both of whom were students of Socrates, and both of whom went on to greatness.
All three men wrote many things down, including some of their philosophical questions. Today, these writings are considered "gifts from the Greeks".