Impressions on Philosophy 12
Hello, my name is Alex. I am a senior student of Gleneagle Secondary. This, being my final year, I have selected a wide-range of academic courses to gain knowledge and a higher intellect, but, also out of interest. Philosophy 12, happened to be one of these courses, and from the first week I have developed a personal opinion of this class.
What I first anticipated getting from philosophy was wisdom, knowledge, and how and what ways I should think. Out of my four courses throughout the day, philosophy is by far the least work extensive; leaving me to prioritize more on my other courses, which happen to be more difficult and require more work.
This is however one of the most interesting courses I’ve ever taken. Recently I picked up a book on The 100 Most Influential Philosophers of All Time, and was surprised to find out that Socrates wasn’t the inventor of Western philosophy.
This class is enjoyable to anyone that participates in class discussions. The articles and the topics we have discussed in class are very interesting and some very controversial.
To me, philosophy is the study of truth. The way philosophy is studied is by asking questions and answering them with objective reasoning of our perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs. It is not studied by formal or empirical questions. With philosophy one learns how to think and different ways to think. It also teaches us how to understand truth; whether it’s objective or absolute.
“The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing.” – Socrates
I do however, feel that the importance of philosophy is diminishing every day, as science and new studies are replacing its’ purposes, and answering questions more definitively. However, the ways philosophy teaches me how to think, is the most valuable part from the course in my opinion.