Philosophizing on Philosophy

Yesterday, I spent my morning in a three hour philosophy lecture. Here’s a quick list of just a few things I could have done that would have been more exciting/productive than a three-hour philosophy lecture:

  • Doing my laundry
  • Finishing my French homework
  • Constructing the Eiffel Tower out of marshmallows and toothpicks
  • Sleeping
  • Watching grass grow

The thing about philosophy is, it’s actually kind of amazing. I mean, it can be a little migraine-inducing; an entire field dedicated to asking questions that have no answers?; but that’s what makes it so wonderful! Nothing can be proven; it’s a big, psychological free-for-all without any single resolution.

It’s just, sometimes, it feels like the classroom is where philosophy goes to die. Because we’re not really taking part in philosophy; we’re just there to memorize names and theories so we can feed them back to our teachers during test time. And what’s the point of learning philosophy if we can’t somehow contribute to it?

Anyways, in the name of philosophy, I’ve decided that once a week I’m going to post a philosophical musing to help you unleash your inner illuminato.

So, for today, ponder over this:

In Plato’s Phaedo, he discusses how important he believes it is for philosophy to be a dialogue, a back-and-forth conversation. So in class, we discussed how Plato discusses that philosophy needs to be discussed, instead of taking his philosophical points and actually discussing them.

Does that come off as counter-productive to anyone else?


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