Caribbean Journal of Philosophy, Vol 12, No 1 (2020)

The Question of Method in Philosophy

Benedict Michael, Edoh Sunday Odum

Abstract


In this paper, we have elected to reflect on the method of doing philosophy. This reflection proceeds from a preliminary discourse on the various methods that have been deployed in doing philosophy in the past to a discourse on the lessons from Josef Maria Bochenski’s thought. In our investigation, we found out that such methods as the phenomenological, analytical, dialectical, hermeneutical methods have been used in doing philosophy. We argued that there is no single universally accepted method of doing philosophy. Arising from our analysis of Bochenski’s thought and insights from an intercultural perspective, we conclude that an authentic philosophical method is that which rests on phenomenological analysis and is guided by logic.

Keywords: Philosophy, Method, Methodology, Complementarity, Logic

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