How reading philosophy can help you find your muse
Philosophers were the first great thinkers who asked questions about the universe as well as humanities place in it. If you are looking for a creative spark, picking up a book of philosophy can help give you the creative kick start you need by helping you see the world in a different light and to ask questions about it.
I think, therefore I am inspired
The very first scientists were also philosophers. They were lovers of wisdom, seeking answers to questions people had about the universe. Asking…
- Where did it all come from?
- Where is it going?
- What are we doing in it?
They were the first ones to look at the world from a logical perspective and tried to come up with answers to all the questions they had about it. The seekers of answers would use all of their creative faculties to first come up with a solution then pick apart to look for weaknesses. From these first philosophers, modern scientific reasoning was borne.
Philosophers were also the first ones to start looking inward and ask questions about themselves.
- What does it mean to be human?
- What constitutes a good life?
Instead of looking to the stars for guidance, philosophers started looking within themselves for the answers. They were among the first ones to discover human natures true potential. While we were animals in a physical we were also something more to us.
Many thinkers and teachers throughout history were philosophers.
- Socrates: An ancient Greek who changed the way the western world thought.
- Plato: Student of Socrates Writer of “The Republic”.
- Aristotle: Student of Plato and, according to some, the most influential philosopher.
- St. Aquinas: A seeker of wisdom who is called “The Greatest Scholastic”.
- Machiavelli: Shaped the way leaders governed.
- Descartes: The father of modern philosophy. “I think therefore I am”
The works of these great thinkers along with many other philosophers have helped shape the way many people look and see the world. If you are looking for a good creative spark, you might be able to find your muse by picking a book and immersing yourself into the world of philosophy. Reading philosophy might help you look at the world from a different perspective. Adopting this world view might help you find the solution to your creative problem, or unlock a creative idea that had been blocked out by your former world view.