Independence/Dependence Category

Philosophical Understanding Comes As Much From The Questions As From The Answers
Text: Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

The word “philosophy” comes from ancient Greek roots meaning the love (philo) of knowledge or wisdom (sophia). In this letter Rilke suggests that philosophy is also a love of the questions themselves. Full essay.

The Most Important Philosophy Is Your Own
Text: Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

No matter how wise Zarathustra or any teacher may be, and no matter how much we may benefit from their guidance, Nietzsche reminds us that ultimately we must each find our own way. Thus his hero, Zarathustra, a spiritual teacher of mankind, removes himself from his students lest they remain his pupils and disciples forever. Full essay.