Author: Jose Mario Dolor De Vega, Master’s in Philosophy at the University of the Philippines, political scientist, a radical philosopher.
Professor Zizek in a video, on Think Big, “The Purpose of Philosophy is to Ask the Right Questions”, May 28, 2013 stated that:
“I’m not saying -- I’m not a philosophical megalomaniac -- that philosophy can provide answers, but it can do something which maybe is even more important, you know? As important as providing answers and a condition for it, maybe even the condition, is to ask the right question.”
I have a very serious issue with this utterly controversial and myopic contention of the said person.
If philosophy cannot provide all the answers and its only purpose is for people engage in philosophy or in philosophizing is/are merely to ask the correct questions or to pose the right query, then what kind of purpose or use is that?
I can detect a certain degree of contradiction to the contention of the said professor. To restate: if philosophy cannot provide all the answers and its purpose is only to reduce those people engage in philosophy to ask the right questions, then how the hell those ‘philosophers’ arrive at the right questions if they did not subjected themselves to a vigorous philosophical reflections and rigid mental exercises?
Hence, this paper is not merely a brutal rebuttal of the viewpoint expressed by Professor Zizek, but also an honest to goodness attempt to explicate and adumbrate on the true and liberating use, purpose and function of Philosophy.
Lastly, the writer will combat said professor’s stand by contradistinguishing him to that of the revolutionary and emancipatory Philosophy of Action of Karl Marx.
Karl Marx, Zizek, Philosophy, Question, Action