Thinking based on reason and experience

Philosophy is often associated with speculation, when it is really about reasoning. Far from being disembodied, it is a way of discovering one’s own thinking and putting it into perspective thanks to one’s own experience. Practicing philosophy is to recognise that thinking is deeply rooted in experience and that all experience (one’s own as well as that of others) has something to teach us. That is when thinking becomes relevant.

This means valuing personal experience, sharing it to support one’s thinking and to enrich a group’s thinking by identifying what this experience can teach us. Using reason consists in checking the coherence between ideas and the clarity of their expression, moving from idea to action and linking one to the another.

 

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