Philosophy in the Age of Reason

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

Pope Francis, Vatican City

When did we stop asking the big questions? When did we become so smart, so educated and so reasonable? What has happened to philosophy in this age of reason?

  • What of the notions of truth and justice?

  • What of natural law and order?

  • What distinguishes us from other animals?

  • What of the role of science?

  • What of theology and religion?

  • What happens to us after we die, is it really the end?

  • What is consciousness?

  • Why was I born?

  • Is there an absolute truth or are we stuck in an age of relativism?

  • What of psychology?

  • What of language?

  • What of sociology?

  • What is the role of economics in shaping our behaviours, our moods and our health?

  • Is there anything that transcends the physical / material form?

  • Should we even care to understand? Does it matter?

Each question a conversation. Each conversation spawns a greater understanding and undoubtedly more questions, a bottomless pit to infinity. Is there even a limit to knowledge and understanding? There you go, another question.

In our eternal search for meaning and purpose, perhaps it’s just in having the conversation that will lead us to feel more connected, with ourselves, with others and with the grand design if there ever was one. Perhaps the conversation is where the value actually lies. There is no more profound question, than the one that begins or ends with ‘why’ and somewhere along the way, we just stopped asking it.