, OpPhil, is a system
of philosophy, a philosophical theory, a theory of philosophy, which requires
and therefore includes operational definitions of important terms used in
the field of philosophy.
define and thereby specify terms and phrases
by presenting descriptions of the observations and/or measurements of the
people, things and events related to, and therefore relevant to, the term/phrase
being defined operationally.
One fundamental question inre: operational definitions, is this: What
do people/things/events do when they _____ [term/phrase being defined
Operational definitions function as operational answers to operational
Operational Question: What do people do when they do philosophy?
[This is the fundamental question inre: philosophy.]
Operational Answer: When people do philosophy they create concepts
and principles which describe people, things and events and they develop
techniques for using the concepts and principles. [This is the fundamental
answer to the fundamental question inre: philosophy.]
Philosophy is a term used for (1) a field of study, (2) a process
of developing a philosophy, and (3) a personal or organizational set of
concepts, principles and techniques.
The field of study
is the organized study
of the process, including standards and guidelines for thought and logic,
by which people develop the concepts, principles and techniques they use
for observing, analyzing, understanding, evaluating, organizing, and dealing
with themselves and the people, things and events who and/or which comprise
The process of philosophy
is the specification of the operational
definitions and the standards and guidelines for the logic to be used (A)
for the field of study which is called philosophy and (B) for the development
of an individual's personal set of concepts/principles/techniques, which
is called a personal philosophy
, or for an organization's set of
concepts/principles/techniques, which is called an organizational philosophy
A personal philosoph
y is an individual’s set of concepts/principles/techniques;
an organizational philosophy
is an organization's set of concepts/principles/techniques,
the set of concepts/principles/techniques the individuals within an organization
develop for the organization.