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    Default Is philosophy a creative subject?

    I'm awfully creative, but I love philosophy. Even knowing its an absorption subject, I still love it.

    I think its a creative subject, and I think its because there are multiple ways to approach a problem, and we exercise these different approaches when we study philosophy.

    But philosophy? Its so dry. What do you think?

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    Well, I'm Jaguar and I don't see any hard evidence that there's any real use for philosophy, so screw it.
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    Here, I present to you some of the meditations of one of my personal favorite philosophers on this issue:
    Nikolai Berdyaev - On Creativity

    Hope this is of some help, especially the top quote:

    "Philosophy ... is the creative perception by the spirit of the meaning of human existence."

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    Philosophy as in studying other philosophers, no.

    Philosophy as in having your own philosophy, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by run View Post
    I'm awfully creative, but I love philosophy. Even knowing its an absorption subject, I still love it.

    I think its a creative subject, and I think its because there are multiple ways to approach a problem, and we exercise these different approaches when we study philosophy.

    But philosophy? Its so dry. What do you think?
    We were driving to the Philosophy Camp on the banks of the Hawkesbury River from Sydney University. The road was long and narrow with lots of traffic, but I saw on a bike, pedaling furiously, with his hair and gown flying, my philosophy professor.

    He was riding all the way from the University to the river because he believed in the bicycle and his philosophy was against the motor car.

    He was passionate about his philosophy and he was demonstrating his philosophy and his passion to his students in a dramatic way. And we all liked and respected him.

    And during the camp, during a crucial moment, he gave me a simple nod of approval. And that nod meant more to me than honours.

    It also helped that, like Charley Brown, I feel madly in love a little red headed girl, a fellow student, at that camp.

    Also I listened to a fellow student dispute the Law of the Excluded Middle in terms of trees and tree sprites.

    So I had the nod of my professor, tree sprites, and the love of a lovely girl.

    Philosophy has given me more than I deserve.

    And for three thousand years, since the Ancient Greeks, philosophy has nourished our minds, our imaginations and our hearts.

    How can we be grateful enough?

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    It's a very creative subject with our philosophy teacher! She lets us think for ourselves as well. Last time we could all design our own ideal society and compare it to a famous philosopher's society. That was really awesome. I based my ideal society on the Smurfs and then I compared it to Marx's ideas (I have to write a giant paper about Karl Marx next year, so that's why I chose Marx).
    I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower. The TV was obviously on. I used to fly myself and I said, "There's one terrible pilot."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Kar View Post
    She lets us think for ourselves...
    How nice of her to let you think for yourself.

    Perhaps you should think of undermining her and opposing her every thought.

    Just remember, she is repressed and repressive and it you she is repressing in letting you think.

    For what she can let you do, she can stop you from doing. Simply, what she can give, she can take away.

    Power can't be given, it must be taken - including the power of thought.

    You are going to have to take your power from her - and she won't let go nicely.

    Or alternatively, you could be just as nice as your teacher, and she will be just as nice as you.

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    Philosophers are among the most positively influencial people ever to have existed.

    Philosophy leads to change, change has lead us to where we are today. If it wasn't for philosophy, we would still be occupying caves and remove each others ticks.

    Philosophy dares to go where no man has gone before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Philosophers are among the most positively influencial people ever to have existed.

    Philosophy leads to change, change has lead us to where we are today. If it wasn't for philosophy, we would still be occupying caves and remove each others ticks.

    Philosophy dares to go where no man has gone before.
    And Ancient Greek philosophy is one of the three pillars of Western Civilization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    And Ancient Greek philosophy is one of the three pillars of Western Civilization.
    Most definatly!

    So, philosophy is creative per definition. Without creativity, there would be no philosophy.
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