Philosophy comes to us humans as an appeal to search for
wisdom, understanding, insight and knowledge. All humans
experience this. It is not so much a human creation like the
sciences, but much rather a gift to humans to which they must
respond. This calling does not come from above or beyond, but
from inside ourselves.
It is in a very fundamental way a call to exercise the most
distinguished quality we possess, namely thinking. It is a call to
think properly, adequately, responsibly, inventively, and not only
critically. Pascal stated: “Let us try our best to think well; that is
the principle of morality.”
The philosopher is required and called upon to encourage
thinking, to identify flaws in thinking, to protest or revolt against
deliberate distortions in thinking, to identify gaps in mental
activity and to identify traces of philosophy and the philosophical
wherever they appear or may appear. The philosophers Hegel,
Deleuze and Prigogine serve as examples.
This calling is irresistible and inexhaustible. It haunts us
wherever we are and in whatever we do. The philosophic mind
can never stop philosophising. Gadamer stated: Not from
transcendental revelation, but out of the power of deepening,
and the spiritualization of the own earthly-humanly being, the
road to salvation opens up.