The term philosophy has a wide range of meanings and is used to cover a number of quite different mental activities. Western philosophy may be broadly and very roughly summed up as the attempt to approach truth through the medium of the sense-perceptions and the comparing and classifying part of the mind, known as the lower reason. The great problem that faces all philosophers is that whereas truth, to have any meaning, must be eternal, single and all-embracing, the objects of our experience are without exception, diverse, limited and subject to birth and ultimate disappearance, and are changing, however minutely, every second of their existence. How are we to penetrate behind these ever-shifting phenomena to the eternal truth?
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