What is philosophy?

The easiest answer to the question: “what is philosophy?” is that philosophy is whatever philosophers call philosophy. Although correct, that would not be helpful. Academic philosophy actually is a process. It consists of four steps:

  1. Learn about a topic (most of the time through reading).
  2. Think about the topic and form your own opinion.
  3. Discuss the topic with other people to test how well founded your opinion is.
  4. Write your opinion down, so that other people can use it when they are learning about this topic.

What I would love, is for this website to be a platform for step 3: discussion. So please, if you have any questions, remarks or want to discuss topics, please do. There are discussion forms everywhere.