Okay so it looks like we have a few people here who could name drop a fair number of philosophers and equally quote some theories at least in title if not in full. It seems a relevant place to ask the question, what's the point?
Realistically does the finer points of philosophy actually have any relevance any more or is it purely an exercise for the mind. Yes I understand the relevance of existentialism and so on but is there any development or is it best to just read Socrates and other's works and then leave it there. Recorded examples of brilliant thinking which alters your perceptions of what is.
The reason I ask is because it seems like philosophy has just gotten to the school yard stage and all anyone ever does with it is try to beat others over the head with their own much more impressive philosophy.
Surely a field such as philosophy is not about who is right but about getting closer to understanding everything. That seems lost on 90% of the philosophy I've seen and in which case what on earth is the point to it all?