Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. ...Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries. Wittgentstein Tractatus
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Prolific philosopher of mind and cognitive science Paul Thagard (U. of Waterloo) offers an alternative to analytic philosophy, so-called natural philosophy, in an essay in Psychology Today. (Thanks to our own Jeremiah W. for the link!)
To their delight or dismay, students new to philosophy quickly learn that the puzzle is paramount in philosophy. Solutions--always many, usually complicated--matter less than the intriguing, confounding puzzles spawning them.
Engineers seek solutions, puzzles mostly annoy. And for scientists?