Victor Hardy Explains Passion For Philosophy

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The millennia-old field of study originating from an ancient Greek love of wisdom, award-winning artist and attorney Victor Hardy shares his passion for philosophy.


Defined as the study of fundamental questions surrounding existence, knowledge, reason, language, values, and the mind, philosophy—from the Greek word, philosophia—translates to a love of wisdom. An award-winning artist and renowned attorney from Austin, Texas, Victor Hardy reveals his passion for the millennia-old field of study.


“Within philosophy—the study of fundamental questions surrounding existence, knowledge, reason, language, values, and the mind—such questions are often posed as problems,” explains Hardy, a renowned artist and attorney based in the Texas state capital city of Austin. “These problems,” he continues, “are then closely examined with a view to finding a resolution.”


Attorney Victor Hardy specializes in liquidation proceedings, online and multimedia patent infringement litigation, due diligence, intellectual property law, and class action discrimination lawsuits.


According to Hardy, the term philosophia was most likely coined by the ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of Pythagoreanism, Pythagoras of Samos. For millennia, philosophical methods have centered around critical discussion, questioning, systematic presentation, and rational argument. “Philosophy historically encompassed any body of knowledge,” Hardy explains, “with so-called natural philosophy, for example, encompassing physics, medicine, and astronomy.”


More recently, however, the growth of modern research-led universities, he says, has seen academic philosophy and other disciplines begin to specialize and professionalize. “Today, what prior to the 19th century may have been considered to be entirely philosophical in nature, we now boast distinct academic disciplines for,” Hardy reveals, “including economics, sociology, physics, and linguistics.”


“Distinct areas of focus, however, and particularly those closely related to art and other pursuits, have,” he adds, wrapping up, “at the same time, remained part of the field of philosophy despite more recent advances in research and academia.”


A graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Houston, and the University of Texas Law School, Victor Hardy has more than two decades of experience in high-stakes law. In his spare time, the multi-award-winning artist enjoys a passion for miniature painting, inspired by the popular wargame, Warhammer 40k. For more than ten years, Hardy has been responsible for one of the internet’s most famous and revered pieces of miniature painting, and continues to hold the title for the highest-ranked miniature of all time on one of the hobby’s biggest and most well-established websites.


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