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Does philosophy progress?

Ever since its origin in antiquity, “philosophy” has meant “enquiry.” Its central concern is enquiry into the two most fundamental questions facing humankind: what is the nature of the world, and which of the things that exist and happen in it really matter?

Each question comprises sub-questions. The first asks what exists, what it consists of, and how we can know either accurately. The second asks what is valuable, ethically and aesthetically, and how we decide. All the law and prophets—to coin a phrase—is summed up here.

From this, one can see that philosophy does indeed…

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