The aim and purpose of philosophy is best summed up in one word: freedom.
Every human being desires freedom and that desire is present everywhere and at all times. Thus we may learn to drive a car to obtain freedom of movement, we go to sleep to gain freedom from fatigue, we eat a meal to be free from hunger, we seek love in order to be free from loneliness, and so on. Although it may not always be obvious, the desire for freedom is an ever-present one.
Although people may find themselves bound this is never their real desire. Given the fact that the desire for freedom is shared by everyone and is constant, it is reasonable to assume that it is in the nature of mankind. When acting in pursuance of freedom men and women are acting in accord with their own nature. The observable fact is, however, that not everyone succeeds in gaining this freedom, or, if they do, it is limited and transitory.
The central topic for our consideration and practice this term will, therefore, be the subject of freedom.
- What is the true nature of freedom?
- How may freedom be experienced fully and constantly?
- In what ways is the freedom lost?
- How does this apply both to individuals and to societies?