I am obsessed with the phenomenology of questions. What is a question? What does it mean to have a question? The answers to these questions are intimately bound up with what it means to be human. Aristotle observes in the Metaphysics that all human beings by nature desire to know and this desire to know is manifested most obviously in questioning. Questioning is properly an existential concern, a keystone to philosophical anthropology, and the source of vitality in a mind alive.
As a way at getting at the importance of questions, I want to begin with a couple of quotations from R. G. Collingwood’s (more…)