Unit I

Defining
philosophy

Prereading

What does the
first image
evoke on you?
1) Before you read, discuss this questions with
your partner.
a) What is the title of the unit?
b) What does the title tell you about?
c) What can you see in this images?
d) What do you think is the relationship between the images and
the title?
e) Do you consider that the images are related with philosophy?
Why?
2)
Choose where we can find this type of
f)information.
What specific information do you expect to find in the text?

a) Magazines b) newspapers
encyclopedias

c) internet d) dictionaries e)

answering. "philosophy" is "love of wisdom". ( ) c. But struggling to learn precedes knowledge. Those who study philosophy are perpetually engaged in asking. According to this etymology. which literally means "love of wisdom". which means that it combines both cognitive and emotional dimension of our mind. the world in which they live. Answering. The very meaning of the word philosophy (derived from the Greek compound philo + sophia) points at once to a special attitude of a philosopher and her/his objective.Reading What is Philosophy? Philosophy is an activity people assume when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves. Philosophy is a particular kind of knowledge. The word "philosophy" comes from the Ancient Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia). Consequently. "Love" is named first and it is not knowledge . We need the passion of love to start and keep questioning the things that are either too familiar or too uninvolved from everyday concerns. 3) Read the following statements and write which are true (T) or False (F). People that study philosophy are not interested in asking. and their relationships to the world and to each other. In western tradition it is not possible to attain wisdom as a final equilibrium.it is a passion and a struggling to conquer the object of love. ( ) b. its posture is a passionate search for wisdom. not the possession of it. ( ) . If they are false explain why. and asguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions. The continuation of this struggle points to the essence of wisdom. philosophy is a state of mind rather than a particular kind of knowledge. a. and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions. Nothing great has ever been accomplished without passion.

4) Read the text again and look for words that have similar meaning in Spanish. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . Cognates are English Spanish words in two languages that are spelled exactly or almost exactly the same way and have the same meaning. 5) What is the text about? Write the main idea.

6) Write your own definition of philosophy --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

answering.Postreading 7) How is philosophy defined nowadays? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8) Do you think philosophy is important in people 'lives? Why? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9) How can a philosopher motivates others to engaged in asking. and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

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