Western Philosophy, academic book reviews and more by Katinka Hesselink
All philosophy started out as religious philosophy. After all, human beings started out with religion, philosophy and science in one package deal. That deal included psychology and human relations as well. As our cultures became more advanced, the religious systems were no longer self-evident truths. Instead, smart people started asking questions. In fact, what we call religion is a result of those questions, as much as they themselves make people ask even more questions. After all, it takes the definition of ‘evil’ to ask the question about the origin of evil. This goes for just about any metaphysical debate. However, some of these questions are quite fundamental to the human condition. That’s what we call Ultimate Questions. Because however much ‘evil’ may defined as the opposite of ‘good’ – still, ethical questions are universal. And that’s just one example.