Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course



Over the past two days, our class spent our time discussing two readings, Talk with me by Nigel Warburton and Why not just weigh the fish? by Robert Pasnau. Both readings provided basic insight into the world of philosophy, though possibly by some coincidence, they both included mostly negative points about the subject. More specifically, the second reading portrayed some of the darker shades of the world of philosophy by implying that the lack of pay in the profession drives most people away. As well, there seems to be some social stigma around the topic of philosophy. One reason for this would be that a lot of people doubt the usefulness of philosophy. It revolves around lots of thinking and it is unable to provide society with any sort of tangible goods that help our world. In short, it’s considered useless and serves no purpose.

However, the first reading also attempts to stress the importance of philosophy and how it impacts our world. While it’s no longer considered a science today, we could very well say that philosophy actually founded science and gave us a reason to create it. Our curiosity about the world gave us a purpose to find out more about it, and our sciences help us find out how the world works. That being said, although philosophy could’ve been the building blocks to creating our sciences, the question I’d like to pose to everyone is: Does it provide any use for us today? Once subjects like chemistry, biology, physics, psychology and the like started to kick off, do we even need philosophy anymore?

Moreover, what exactly makes people philosophers? Society seems to think that philosophers are merely just thinkers of the world. Going by that logic, considering that almost everybody has thoughts about where humans came from or what our purpose in the world is at least once, doesn’t that make everyone philosophers? If so, then why do we need a course on it? Continuing on, many of the philosophers we know today have gone through some sort of clinical depression or dark stage, for lack of better words. Why would they, fully knowing that they were feeling pretty sad and depressed, continue to pursue the subject? Humans typically tend to run away from things that don’t make them happy (naturally), so why is it that these big name philosophers kept pushing on? And finally, the most important question for me is: What exactly happens if they ever find out the answers to the world?

Anyhow, the first reading provided a comparison between solitary and group philosophy while the second reading compared science and philosophy. Personally, I don’t care. For me, I’ve always believed that things are just what they are. Science is science, philosophy is philosophy. Solitary and group philosophy are both the same to me. In the end, I believe whatever works for you is the best method. There’s nothing more to that.



  1. I think that the question of what makes people philosophers is an interesting one.

    I might never have studied philosophy, at least, not formally, had the English classes for scientists at university no all been full. My first philosophy course was nothing more than a humanities option. It turned out to be my only A in first year.

    But this leads to the question of what *makes* someone a philosopher. I got an A because I had long considered the questions they were asking, and had for years practised the core skills you need to be a philosopher: writing and reason.

    I think that what made me a philosopher is that I am not satisfied with the first response to ‘why’ questions. It’s the same passion that also drove me into journalism (which I also took up in that first year, via the student newspaper).

    I have the need to understand fully and completely the things that affect my life. Why am I unhappy? What work should I do? How do I know things? How does my mind work? These questions are important, especially for somebody who is not content with he way things are. I’d not saying all philosophers are depressed, but depression is a power motivator to try to figure out what’s going on.


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