All men and women are philosophers

The first step is to see the continuity between philosophy and the fundamental questions about human existence arising from everyday life and asked by common people in all cultures.  as John Paul II indicates in the very opening sections of Fides et ratio.
Moreover, a cursory glance at ancient history shows clearly how in
different parts of the world, with their different cultures, there arise
at the same time the fundamental questions which pervade human life: Who
am I? Where have I come from and where am I going? Why is there evil? What
is there after this life?
These are the questions which we find in the
sacred writings of Israel, as also in the Veda and the Avesta; we find
them in the writings of Confucius and Lao-Tze, and in the preaching of
Tirthankara and Buddha; they appear in the poetry of Homer and in the
tragedies of Euripides and Sophocles, as they do in the philosophical
writings of Plato and Aristotle. They are questions which have their
common source in the quest for meaning which has always compelled the
human heart. In fact, the answer given to these questions decides the
direction which people seek to give to their lives. §1
But beyond philosophical systems, people seek in different ways
to shape a “philosophy” of their own—in personal
convictions and experiences, in traditions of family and culture, or in
journeys in search of life’s meaning under the guidance of a master. What
inspires all of these is the desire to reach the certitude of truth and
the certitude of its absolute value. §27
The truths of philosophy, it should be said, are not restricted only to
the sometimes ephemeral teachings of professional philosophers. All men
and women, as I have noted, are in some sense philosophers and have their
own philosophical conceptions with which they direct their lives. In one
way or other, they shape a comprehensive vision and an answer to the
question of life’s meaning; and in the light of this they interpret their
own life’s course and regulate their behaviour.  §30
 Alasdair MacIntyre pursues this theme in his analysis of Fides et ratio. In the Acting Person Wojtyla explained that philosophers must do more than erect theories upon theories, meta-theories as we call them today, but rather the philosopher should “face the major issues themselves concerning life, nature, and the existence of the human being . .  .  directly as they present themselves to man”

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