Distinguishing Philosophy and Politics

If I were a professor, I’d love to give this out as an assignment - compare these doctrines, and use that comparison to explore the difference between philosophy and politics.

Looking for a thesis… :-"

Politics has to do with the problems of a particular society in a particular time. Philosophy has to do with more or less timeless questions of human nature. There may be a science in which these two coincide, and I do not mean a philosophy about politics or a political philosophy, but rather a grand politics, a timeless one.

Philosophy can be political. In fact, one might say that all philosophy, other than, perhaps, the most technical, is political, or has political implications; and certainly, all political acts are inescapably the fruits of a philosophy, even if a crude one. Politics is just the macro version of family life, in which personal philosophies are put into practice.

Take that word ‘property’. In one analysis, property is theft. Undoubtedly, if one person owns all property, the maxim about infringing the liberty of others becomes meaningless. And indeed, libertarianism is a political philosophy cultured by those who had and have more property than others, and had and have every intention of maintaining that state of affairs.