The Philosopher and the Ocean

Philosophy claims to be a dynamic force, challenging our basic assumptions. But how?

What is the point of philosophy? One significant role that philosophy can play is to prompt us to take a step back from our everyday assumptions to a broader perspective in which alternative possibilities can come into view. One can then first wonder about why our assumptions are the way they are.

Take the Atlantic Ocean – how is it the individual object that it is? How is it that this particular expanse of water is distinguished from others spatially contiguous to it and given the status of an entity, a thing, an object? What about all the infinite number of regions of water that the Atlantic Ocean could be carved up into? Why aren’t they themselves oceans, seas, things?

Whatever answer one gives to these questions, the questions themselves invite one to reflect that the objecthood of the Atlantic Ocean is a result, a product, a consequence, of some “individuating operation” and thus that it is not a brute, ultimate fact that the Atlantic Ocean is an in

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beachbuoy 18 August 2016

Unfortunately, the first paragraph illustrates perfectly why most people will never see a point to Philosophy!
The core of the argument contained therein is summed up in the expression "individuating operations". And I can just imagine the man in the Clapham Omnibus disconnecting in frustration at exactly that point of his reading (if he got that far!)
The point of Philosophy is obvious, more or less, to those of us who have studied it or got some sort of background. But, surely, the point of it should be to encourage as many "lay people" as possible to "see the point of it" by making it intelligible to them.
Although I enjoyed this piece, I'm afraid it would lose most of the populace.