Monday, April 27, 2009

Questioning sometimes brings with it the “notion” of ignorance and possibly even lack of intelligence. It seems that a lot of people in class or in everyday life are afraid to ask questions, it seems that sometimes that if a question were to be asked one would seem almost stupid for asking it. “it is more difficult to ask questions than to answer them.”(326) questioning, at least the platonic way, broadens the ideology of what a question is. If something is going to be revealed to us in a conversation, questions are an essential part of the discourse, they are fundamental. To ask questions opens the door for obtaining knowledge, not previously held. Questioning brings with it the possibility for opening a new door, insofar as exploring an unfamiliar territory where nothing but a question could lead one into. It is a particular lack of knowledge that leads to particular questions, which lead one into the openness of conversation. The desire or passion is the driving force to know, and this passion, of this particular lack of knowledge to ask questions, brings within oneself questions not yet asked.

Philosophy – the love of wisdom. Questioning is essential to the philosopher, because the philosopher is engaged in dialectic of sorts and the philosopher strives to obtain, to explore, to fulfill one’s conscience passion of knowing what isn’t yet answered. The philosopher is a tester, such as the Socratic dialogues show; the Socratic questions were testing the validity of the supposition. And by testing i.e. asking questions, one is strengthening, working toward, the truth of the matter. The very nature of the relationship between the questions and answers show what dialectic really is.

(1)When does the questioner’s question turn into a hindrance for one on their dialectic experience?
(2)Also, what might constitute to a more rewarding experience, that dialectic which involves solely one’s self or that dialectic which involves another person(s)?
(3)The Socratic dialogues, at least that I know of, always have more than one person; but, Hegel’s dialectic is that of thinking, does one sort of dialectic precede the other?

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