All we have is questions

That’s right. All we have is questions. So they better be the right ones, right?


But philosophers, not unlike scientists for that matter, seem to have commonly fallen in the fallacy of modernity, I guess you could call it, where we see ourselves at the pinnacle of research, high on a ladder, where the higher elevation affords us a superior view.

There is the sense of a continuity whereby it’s been possible to tackle the same questions over the centuries and we now possess better answers than our predecessors.

That idea is the object of the present rant.

First of all, it’s a question in its own right whether we do actually triangulate on the very same questions. Any answer to this question is just another opinion.

Therefore, an ethically probe philosophical practice focuses on the study of questions, tries to debunk them in the pursuit of better questions, such as questions we aren’t able to demolish just yet, but which our children might.

And the contemplation of these questions and of the fact that these are the questions that matter instead of the doxatic (δόξα) corpus of answers, as numerous as the proverbial holes, is the basis of the hope that philosophy may actually positively contribute to human evolution rather than simply forming the basis of the latest system of lies, which we usually refer to as an ideology (a vision of nature or of the world that supports a specific vision of human society and its values).

So answers aren’t worth considering. We have questions. What we can do is – at best – try to debunk them and come up with better ones.