What Is Philosophy?
Philosophy is the pursuit of a meaningful life.
Since a meaningful life is a life lived in touch with reality, philosophers develop strategies for breaking through the delusions and self-deceptions that keep us human beings from seeing things as they really are.
Since a meaningful life is authentic and full of purpose, philosophers try to home in on the things that really matter in life, the important things whose pursuit makes life worthwhile. Since a meaningful life is a good and humane life, philosophers study human nature, the nature of goodness, and the many masks that evil wears.
As the art of exposing phony practices and false images wherever they appear in government, in the sciences, in the marketplace, in our private lives philosophy is a search for the truth and above all for the truth that makes for self-understanding.
Philosophy is the ultimate reality check.