From my experience, philosophy requires a relatively open mind. To grow deeper in our understanding of topics, and to produce new questions about each topic, you must be willing to explore different perspectives. It is not a matter of this is right and this is wrong,
it’s a matter of consider this. Consider ideas that seem so obvious at first glance but are deeper the more you look at it. Does colour exist? Is there such thing as good and evil? Is reality a computer generation? Maybe some of these questions sound ridiculous to you, but I encourage you to consider it.
I’m excited about the readings and discussions that have taken place in our classroom so far. If you’d like to view some of the readings we looked at this past week, here is an earlier post linking all the articles. However, one reading that I found particularly interesting is not included in that post, and it is called Talk With Me by Nigel Warburton. It discusses how philosophy is often seen as a solitary activity, but it is necessary that conversation be a part of this process.
“Philosophy is an inherently social activity that thrives on the collision of viewpoints and rarely emerges from unchallenged interior monologue.”
I really like this viewpoint as it encourages me to think of philosophical ideas as something I can debate, rather
than just ponder by myself. These conversations lead to bouncing ideas off of each other, and creating new questions.
This viewpoint is very prominent in our class as well, since many of our classes are simply the class discussing something we read the night before. The conversations will start off about what the article said, but will often go into other questions that the article had sparked in someone’s mind. It is much more interesting and something that each person must contribute to.
So with this all in mind, where do I want to go from here? At the beginning of this course we were asked, what do we want to get out philosophy? Why are we here? Personally, I am here because I don’t think everything is always as it seems and I want to find out what ideas exist other than the regularly accepted ideas. I am working on sorting out my ideas of what philosophy even is, and until I do that I do not know if I can fully answer the question of why I’m here. Even if I
don’t know exactly what I want out of this course, there has not been a single discussion or reading that I have not enjoyed, and I think that speaks for itself on my feelings toward the subject. I look forward to future discussions with my class. I am especially excited for the units on metaphysics and epistemology.
As the course progresses, I hope you will continue to read our class blog and share your opinions with us through the comments section!