Frankly, I'm not seeing any difference, as far as the rubber hits the road aspect of it, from what common sense people like soz, and others say.
This is pretty much spot on, in practical application.
The thing is, philosophy is a collection of subjects that almost everyone shares but don't perhaps talk about as a methods and ways of thinking. All told, yea they're areas of living and thinking that we all share - so its not terribly different from many "normal" conversations. But while in the philosophical context, we "allow" ourselves free reign to talk about these issues in a broader context, building on a bank of commonly-shared knowledge from philosophers past - saving time and getting deeper past the "Oh look! Cows!!"-response
As a "discipline", its worthless unless one applies those ideals and views his or her own views; translating them to the practical realm of every day living and thinking - its in this way that we hope to become wiser (using this word rather loosely to apply to a group of which I'm a member). Philosophy acknowledges that there are many ways to look at our lives, conduct, etc. and then recognizes some of the motivations and effects. The philosopher names we hear tossed about are done not so much because we're fans, but because many of these obtained their notoriety because they spelled out, very well or were the first to do so, a particular set of thoughts. For example, I can refer to the "Kant" ideal of ethical treatment of individuals rather than launch into 18 paragraphs on what that entails.
Traditionally/formally, it consists of:
: Beauty; what is, what isn't, why, effects, views
: How do you know what you know? Can you know? What are ways of attaining knowledge, etc.
: The study of right and wrong
: All things beyond the physical realm
: The study and analysis of reason and reasoning. What follows, what doesn't, why; giving specific termonology in analyzing our reasoning methods.
There are also "areas" or branches that have been added over the years including history, education, science, language, politics and more.
...every other post, all this "I didn't mean to offend", "I think you're angry", etc... Stop with that already.
Kinda nauseating sometimes, isn't it.
I can't speak for others but I know *I* do that when I believe something I'm saying is going to overwhelm the emotional knee-jerk reaction of someone whom I want to keep interacting productively with. If I can temper it a bit, perhaps they won't spew forth all the hate in the world over a point that's not terribly important. And yea, its probably equates to overcompensation many times.