purpose of philosophy

The Chief End of Philosophy

For me, any value or purpose in philosophy is that which endeavors to answer questions about God. This does not mean that such discussions are limited only to the nature and existence of God, but that they must include—whatever their focus—what God has to do with things. Even if the discussion’s purpose is to explain matters at hand without referring in any way to God (at which point every thought ultimately begins to skew off track), one must—if I am to be interested—explain the grounds on which God is to be left out and to be able to defend that claim as the discussion proceeds. In fact, it is the attempt of enlightenment era philosophes and those which followed to explain the universe without having to refer to God that has caused the most harm in the world today, not religion as some would suppose.