Toward a hierarchy of philosophy

Begin to relax and allow thoughts to flow from consciousness to the keyboard. What does it mean to consider how philosophy can influence decision making? Inquisitive individuals study various philosophies to begin to understand past decisions and considerations. Even the most active thinkers cannot study every historical moment. Well developed philosophies provide a thinker with the ability to understand the past. Would it be a compelling argument to suggest that all major decisions that influence society should be tested against a number of divergent philosophies?

At some point in history an observant individual will become aware of a problem. Resolving a problem requires an individual to consider potential solutions. Within the framework for evaluating potential solutions ideas, theories, and conjectures rise and fall from favor. Recorded history provides individuals with a well defined catalog of philosophies that can be applied to both resolving a problem and to evaluation a potential solution to a problem.

Perhaps the thinkers of the world should unite to ensure that the catalog of recorded philosophies is accessible to individuals faced with making decisions. What would it take to actually build a hierarchy of philosophies for evaluating decision making? Problems large enough to stand alone for consideration deserve to be evaluated from a framework that benefits from history. Thinkers might not be able to agree on a definitive hierarchy of philosophy, but general categories and a list of philosophies worth consideration would easily emerge.

Structurally an individual facing the task of making a complex decision does not have enough time to reconcile recorded history to produce a hierarchy of philosophies. A list of philosophies can act as a set of tests against the validity of a specific course of action. For example a simplified test of a concept can involve breaking down the form, function, structure, and assumptions. A more complex decision calculus can evaluate a concept against a defined philosophy.

Releasing decision making from the iterative process of trail and error might seem like a simple suggestion. Thinkers generally compartmentalize the study of a philosophy. If each philosophy is treated like an island of thought independently considered and evaluated, then the possibility of working toward a hierarchy of philosophy for decision making is lost to society. Understanding every detail of a philosophy is essential to the process of ensuring that the historical record clearly communicates the philosophy. Certainly thinkers should devote extensive consideration to evaluating philosophies. Within recorded history the number of available philosophies that deserve consideration provides the possibility of working toward a hierarchy of philosophy for decision making.

Resolved: Society should work toward a hierarchy of philosophy for decision making.