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)

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

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.4) Read the text again and look for words that have similar meaning in Spanish. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .

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

and arguing for their answers to life’s most basic questions? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . 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.

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