Why is There no Agreement in Philosophy?

Philosophers cannot find any agreement on the major themes of philosophy. Questions like:
What is right?
What is real? | What is the truth?
Who am I?
Who should I be?
How should I behave?

This could, and possibly should, be seen as a scandal, but isn't.
Questions like this seem compelling and simple (and genuine), yet prove fiendishly difficult when one tries to answer them.

Not only can philosophers not answer philosophical problems, they cannot explain why they cannot answer them.

Partly, they do not like the possibility that these are not questions that can be answered, with an answer that is first of all true and false.

The working assumption seems to be, we will answer these questions in due time. Even if this seems implausible as people have been working on these very problems for over twenty-five hundred years.

So what are some possible related reasons why these question remain through recorded history?

  • The world is too complex. The math involved may be too complex for human understandings, even if augmented by computers. (We do not have theory about the limits of human mathematical understandings.)
  • The world is non-understandable not only in math, but in words. There are limits to language. The idea of limits to language, and therefore to our linguistic understandings, is impossible to conceptualize, at least with the metaphor of limits.
  • Not only that but language, in its complex uses, may be beyond our comprehension.
  • We are prey to alternative indefeasible conceptual systems, some of them primitively simple. I can understand the later Wittgenstein and I can understand the early Heidegger. Even so I cannot easily put them together as a unified understanding of the universe. (Perhaps this is like how songs cannot be combined.)
  • Not only can humans unable to understand they will never understand the world, or even to understand what understanding is. In many contexts understanding makes perfect sense, in others it is often a subjective feeling having little to do with reality.
  • We have a misleading picture of what the world is. Actually that is all our mostly mono-tasking mind can do. The world is all sorts of things and understandings taking place simultaneously, not only in us but all throughout the universe. And we do not have concepts for this, we can not even assume there are any concepts for this, except ones so general they are nearly meaningless.

It may of course be that the main job of philosophers is to disagree, but that this can be a job assignment, tells us something about the nature of philosophy.

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