I'm really moved by the idea of Wikiversity. I want to study Philosophy in Wikiversity and I'll see if Wikiversity will be able to be a good guide for it. I'm waiting for some developement.
The study of any thing, among them the Philosophy, it should begin for its definition. However the philosopher's first difficulty is exactly in that: to define what is philosophy. For that reason, each philosopher has its definition. And this is mine: Philosophy is the art of the separation among what it is REAL and what is UNREAL. As that isolated sentence perhaps doesn't mean a lot of thing, I pass the discorrer on the subject. There are some million years, the Earth was inhabited by several animal species. Some of those species were extinct, another developed and they stay, other they still created new species, starting from crossings. Until then we didn't have the human species. The concerns of these animal species, which not very or nothing moved, they were two: 1 - the individual survival, what implied the food search, the shelter search and the escape of the predators; 2 - the survival of the species, what picked the a sexual partner's search and the care on the childrens. Looking for to flee of the constant tension of that life type, in some places, some groups stood back of the main group, finding better life conditions. With the decrease of those tensions remained time for two new activities: to think and to socialize. And through the observation of the unknown phenomenons to its turn, those individuals began to do questions: 1 - as the procreation happens? 2 - the one what is the rain? And the ray? Is the thunder? And so much other questions of the same type. As they didn't find answers, they began to imagine powerful characters that would be for behind of those phenomenons: was born the mythology. However, as the evolution not stop, after some thousands or millions of years, that faith in mythological characters began to die. And some be they began to observe the phenomenons of the nature better, mainly those recurrent ones. And they reached conclusions that, if they were recurrent, they should obey laws. And they began to PHILOSOPHIZE, that is, to try to understand what there was behind all that, without appealing for the mythology: was born the Philosophy Pre-Socratic. But speaking about REAL and UNREAL. If a thing is the same for all the people, there are good reasons so that are taken as REAL. Of course that is not absolute warranty of REALITY, once all the people can be deceived. We cannot forget that before Galileu all the people thought the Sun rotated about of the Earth. However, if a thing is seen by several people in a different way, there are good reasons to believe that is UNREAL. It can be faith, imagination, any other thing, less REALITY. See that none of the cases is accepted by the philosopher as absolute. Thus, the main tool of the philosophy is the SYSTEMATIC DOUBT. Of course has much more to be said, but that is, today, my vision on philosophy. Tomorrow it can move. Build its vision now. It is necessary to notice that two things: 1 - the transformation of the animal and human being didn't finish, she is happening. 2 - the human being is still trying to understand the REALITY to its circuit. This i the motor of the PHILOSOPHY.