Why is 2+2=4? I need the answer from a philosophical point of view.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If it's not the mathematical anything, then I should say, it's a mere convention perhaps! Yes, someone introduced the digit 4 when 2 was added to 2 & it became a convention to let others know the measurement or quantities! You may go wild to know, here in Bangladesh, we've a place called Kishoregunj District, where 100 of mangoes or litchis or any small fruits mean 125! Where 1 kilogram of milk means 1250 grams! (They don't sell by litters!). Here we use to say "haali" for 4 pieces of bananas or any items but at Kishoregunj, it's 5 pcs. per "haali". Even it's 33.33 decimal of lands is supposed to be 1 acre, but some places count 40/43 decimals as 1 acre. What does that mean? Are they stupid regarding measurements or counting? No, dear. That's the convention.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they said so, many eons ago. Had they said that 2+2= table, that would have been the truth. Shakespeare, said it many years ago: "What is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet!" Except "stinky leave" perhaps! And talking about tables, why are they called that? Do they table the whole day? Or do they know their tables? And what would a side table think of a coffee table, and of the dinning room table looking on. You know the diference, but does 2+2 and table and chair, know the difference. According to logic a chair should be a 'sit' , and a fly too, also called a 'sit' , because they sit more than they fly! Right?

    Peace.

    And the Romans suffered most. Ever try to add iii to ix and get xii, or multiply v by v and get xxv? Or try 4017 in roman numerals?

  • 1 decade ago

    Because it is absolute, undeniable truth. Imagine if long ago in a cave, mankind blundered and decide 2+2=4.2 Nothing in the universe would fit together. Computing would not exist. The industrial revolution would have never happened. In fact we would probably still be hunter gatherers until someone came along and bucked tradition and said NO! 2+2=4!

    now think about religion and all the blunders mankind has made with this. Good thing we got the math thing right first time around.

  • 1 decade ago

    Philosophically speaking 2+2=4 because poor math skills gets you a job at McDonalds.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Philosophy is basically using logic to try to understand ... everything.

    That's how I see it anyway, without logic it would be faith. That way lies many pitfalls, but the logic path is well paved and all roads lead to knowledge.

    2+2=4 is about as logical as you can get. So in a philosophical way it represents the struggle we all face when philosophising: What ideas do we need to add together to find the result we are looking for?

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't think the answer to the question falls within the realm of philosophy. It's just that if you line up our established numbers from 1 to 4, and move 2 numerals up from 2, you arrive at 4.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    2+2 = 4 only because you admit to it in your question sir.

    Also the phrase "two plus two makes five" (or "2 + 2 = 5") was originally a Communist slogan in the USSR referring to the five-year plan to increase production. It originally meant the goals of the five-year plan could be achieved in four years if the people would try hard enough.

    Source(s): Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Wiki 2+2=
  • 1 decade ago

    2+2=4 is as is because it is what we have objectively learned in Math. Mind you, 3+2 could be 4 in the absoluteness of truth..

    1 sick person doing a menial heavy labor job + 0 person = 1 sicker person digging her grave unlazily..with relatives of 10 who do well and never there for her.

  • 1 decade ago

    2+2=4 in THIS reality only.

  • 1 decade ago

    Philosophically, two plus two does not equal four. Two giraffes plus two picture frames doesn't equal four of anything. Conversely, two lazy relatives plus two lions costs as much to feed as ten people.

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