Have you ever come across those people who when you talk about art, philosophy or any such subject always say “But what’s the point of it?”
Now what they are really asking is “what work does it do?”
Work is defined as doing something for a purpose. The best definition of work I have heard (from myself (hello ego!)) is “The thing that we do; that we don’t want to do; so that we can do what we want to do”
To make the pragmatic value the value par excellence is silly.
Imagine you have completed all the work and have fulfilled all pragmatic necessities. what activity are you left with? Nothing. You’d just sit there waiting for another bit of work to come along.
Really the pragmatic concern is the least important. What is important is what you are working for. For some people this is material to produce art; for others it is to buy games to play on their computer.
The activities we do for their intrinsic value are the really important activities because they give meaning and purpose to our work. They are the reason for which we work.
I believe philosophy to be hugely beneficial; but I don’t practice it for its benefits. I do it because I happen to find it fun.
It is of collateral benefit that it gives me a greater perspective on experience. That it has enabled me to see the limp shackles that loosely bind us. These would be good reasons to practice philosophy even if you didn’t enjoy it; but they are not the reasons I do it.
I clean 12 hours a week so I can buy books on all sorts of subjects because I enjoy learning and the different perspectives on experience learning gives. That is the reason I work the minimum amount of time so I can spend the maximum amount of time doing that for which I work.