Philosophical inquiry has to do with finding answers to questions that maybe nobody has been able to answer. What is the meaning of life? Why am I on this planet? How do I act if I want to be a good person? When did the dawning of consciousness occur? Can we ever truly “know” anything?
Common sense means accepting the prevailing notions of what is harmful and what is helpful for our survival. Philosophical inquiry goes beyond survival. It seeks to answer the questions that make people’s lives meaningful above and beyond saving our skins.