Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom". The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras. The ascription is said to be based on a passage in a lost work of Herakleides Pontikos, a disciple of Aristotle. It is considered to be part of the widespread body of legends of Pythagoras of this time. "Philosopher" was understood as a word which contrasted with "sophist" (from sophoi). Traveling sophists or "wise men" were important in Classical Greece, often earning money as teachers, whereas philosophers are "lovers of wisdom" and not professionals. The...
Susash Sumanta Sarathi Sharma commented on the blog
on Jul 29, 2014 , 03:14 pm
Orthodox is usually translated as Aastika, wheras Heterodox is translated as Nastika. A common place understanding is that those who believe in God are aastika and those who don't are nastika. Well, in Indian Philosophy which is sometimes also translated as Hindu Darsana, the above distinction does not hold. Aastika or Orthodox are those who believe in the authority of Vedas. Nastika or Heterodox are those who do not believe in the authority of Vedas. There are six orthodox schools in Hindu more »