Ben Baert and Peter Hendriks have highlighted two sides and thus the main issue.So I feel free to put some personal observations next to it.
I met someone on Quora, who describes themselves as ‘ armchair philosopher ‘.She is called Elfrid Tyri Gulliksen and she is Norwegian. She has humor, relativeability, awareness of her own limitations. She is interested in the world, in knowledge and in other people and she leaves those people in their value.
Like Elfrid, I do not describe myself as a philosopher.A philosopher is a person who loves wisdom and philosophy is the quest for wisdom. A trip without an end point because there are always new questions, new insights, new circumstances. As far as I am concerned, everyone is more than welcome on that road.
The title is not legally protected.You may call yourself a philosopher, whoever you are and whatever your education is.
There are also few real criteria to be found.Training is not always a good criterion, because many people who have made a significant contribution to philosophy have not studied philosophy. That being said, most people who are in philosophy without formal training have at least certain gaps that people who have enjoyed formal training do not have.
I think you are a philosopher if, through a training or otherwise, you have a certain knowledge of the domain and a significant part of your time, professional or not, devoted to contributing to philosophy, within the academic world or beyond.That may be by publishing articles, but also by writing books, giving lectures, having a blog,…
I think it is important that people do not use it too lightly.Not for elitist reasons, but because people without a background often underestimate the complexity of philosophy.
This applies not only to philosophy, but to all domains.Just as it is frustrating for a ‘ real ‘ physicist to see someone without any knowledge with a ‘ theory ‘ that Undercomes Einstein’s theory of relativity, it can be frustrating for a ‘ real ‘ philosopher -someone with a certain background -to have to Hear how some philosopher or theory is wrong.
Just as Google is not an alternative to a doctor, the day all or Story is not an alternative to training to Ethicus.
To be clear: just as I would not want to discourage anyone from learning physics (and making mistakes), I also do not want to discourage anyone from studying active philosophy or dealing with philosophical issues in any way whatsoever.My frustration is rather in people who think “to get the whole philosophy down” while not having any knowledge.
I know quite a few people who have studied philosophy, but they are rarely philosophers.I think you are only a philosopher when others experience you. With a training it has in itself little to do.
Unpopular answer: You can really do everything in this universe.Including your self-philosopher name.
The danger only lies in the fact that the universe-in the form of your fellow-man-resists against it.
This fellow man has also arranged a Matrix, also known as “social contract” or “the Law”.
I can’t tell you what the Matrix is, but this one is everywhere, in the computer you read this text, but even in the room around you, on the street and actually everywhere.It is a veil that has been pulled over your eyes to keep you away from the truth: there is no philosopher.
If you have seen the depth of this and have experienced the joy then you have really felt what it is like to be a philosopher.
PS: Not everyone is here ready….
A philosopher gets the question: Why are the bananas crooked?After 1 year deep pondering the answer: bananas are crooked because if they were not crooked then they were right.