Simon Blackburn addressed three queries ‘What do philosophers think about?’, ‘How should they think about these things?’ and ‘Why does it matter?’ from his book Think.
Philosophers study the structure of thoughts which means how our thoughts are interconnected and how they work as parts and our thoughts make our view about the world. We ask different questions about ourselves and the world such as what am I? What is consciousness? Why is there something and not nothing? What is the difference between past and future? Who created the world and why? How can we be sure that the world is really like we take it to be?
The queer thing about these questions is that not only are they baf?ing at ?rst sight, but they also defy simple processes of solution. If someone asks me when it is high tide? I can answer it by empirical observations but the questions of the previous paragraphs are not like this. They seem to require more re?ection. We feel we don’t quite know what we mean when we ask them, or what would count as getting a solution.
Self-reflection gives rise to such questions.
Question arises here is why do we reflect? Reflection doesn’t solve the problems so why to bother? Re?ection doesn’t solve problems but then neither does architecture, music, art, history, or literature. It is just that we want to understand ourselves; we do it for our own sake. Secondly re?ection matters because it is continuous with practice and our practice can go worse or better according to the value of our re?ections. How you think about what you are doing affects how you do it. Lastly re?ection enables us to see our perspective on a situation as perhaps distorted or blind, at the very least to see if there is argument for preferring our ways, or whether it is just subjective.
When trying to understand more about ourselves and the world, the study of philosophy presents itself as a reasonable approach. This can be tackled in a couple of ways. The great works of philosophical inquiry can be digested chronologically, like an ongoing discussion of ideas progressing through the ages, or one can look at specific topics such as free will, the problem of how we really know anything, or what is ultimately real in the world, and see what other thinkers have to say about them. Blackburn has raised questions about knowledge, reasoning, mind, free will: Do we have a choice in what we do or is it only the result of cultural conditioning? What is the self? And so on in this abstract.
This abstract has illuminated a number of philosophical issues for me-I think I actually understand the issues and the approach that philosophers take in analyzing them and this abstract articulate complex ideas in the clearest possible language, it is in plain language and very clear yet very challenging than it appears .It reveals some of the fascinating philosophical questions at the heart of human experience. I think there is a reason the title is “Think”. Surely did make me think a lot.
“Think” has helped me retrain my brain. It has actually made me wonder why the creator of the world has created the world? It has basically made me think about my purpose and the purpose of the world itself. This abstract helps to see life, death, myself, and other people in a completely new light. This is philosophy that is conversational and engaging, and leaves you wondering “what if?” It gives you a roadmap to the rabbit hole of religion, meaning in life, knowledge, and the self. It’s powerfully mind-expanding. There were times I used to take impulsive decisions. How you think about what you are doing affects how you do it, or whether you do it at all. After reading this I though how different the outcomes would be if I took the decisions by reflecting on them rather being impulsive.
I find the writing style interrogative. I can see how the writer has putted those small questions which comes in every individuals mind beautifully on paper and made the reader realize how important those questions are. He does not use a lot of words that normal people would not understand. I think the writer is less interested in giving us the answers than he is in showing us how to approach the questions.