Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course



Personally, when I think of the term ‘aesthetics’, I picture things I’ve seen on social media. I’m not sure wether im being forced into thinking I find the thing I see aesthetically pleasing because social media tells me I do, or if the things I see are actually my personal aesthetic.

When trying to understand and figure out what my own personal aesthetic actually is, I took interest in what Kant had to say about aesthetics. He describes how “flowers, free patterns, lines aimlessly intertwining”, as pleasing despite having no signification, and he having a disinterested and free delight in the experience. I took this into consideration when discovering what my personal aesthetic is. The way he described it caused me to think of the word ‘beauty’. But first I need to ask myself what beauty truly is.

Kant’s idea that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”, really caught my attention. I very much agree with his statement/idea. Everyone finds different things beautiful. I may find beauty in watching the sun set. Where as you may find beauty in a pair of shoes, a field, anything. I truly feel that we all are such different people, it is an almost absurd idea for everyone that we all would find beauty in the exact same things.

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I get to experience beauty and aesthetics first hand everyday. Especially during winter break I had a lot of very aesthetically pleasing experiences. Most of my experiences had to do with the decorations and lights that were displayed during the Christmas season. My first aesthetic experience took place while I was at my friends house. Her living room had been covered in white Christmas lights and once we turned the main room lights off and got to focus just on the Christmas lights specifically, it was absolutely gorgeous. Another experience I had was while walking around Lafarge. The lights were all different colours and shapes. It was such an amazing aesthetic experience. The lights at my friends house gave a very cozy aesthetic experience where as the lights at Lafarge gave off a more breath-taking aesthetic experience.
My last aesthetic experience was downtown. Outside of Nordstrom they had an absolutely stunning display. It was a big globe the u could walk through which was made of lights.

What I think I got out of this experience was that aesthetics can be found in anything and everything. I still don’t know what exactly my personal aesthetic is, all I can say is that I agree with Kant. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I find beauty in strange things sometimes. Im not sure exactly why so I can’t give a reason, but thats what I think personal aesthetic is to everybody– beauty found in unexpected or expected things/ simply anything.

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Sensing Knowledge

When determining what knowledge is, we must first ask ourselves what we know about knowledge. Knowledge is what allows us to function. Without knowledge, we would be unaware of how to be a person.

Premise 1: Knowledge is gained through our senses

As we live our daily lives, we are constantly gaining knowledge through our senses. Through sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touvh, we constantly get to experience sometimes familiar, and other times new experiences. These new experiences allow us to gain the knowledge that we hadn’t had before.

Premise 2: We can share our knowledge with others.

Not only do we gain knowledge ourselves, but we can also share our knowledge with others. There are different ways of sharing knowledge such as when we go to school. Any time we sit in a classroom and take-in new information, we are gaining knowledge that we didn’t have before. Another way to look at this is when say a parent is teaching their baby how to walk, or trying to teach them how to say “mom” or “dad”. It seems like such an easy thing to most of us because we have the knowledge of how to do that. But speaking and walking isn’t just something we know how to do naturally such as breathing. It takes time, and it takes the knowledge of others to teach the baby to walk and talk.

Conclusion: We gain knowledge not only through our senses but also through others.

Everyday we learn new things. Wether it be through our senses or through others. I feel that through our senses, we discover basic knowledge such as what certain food may smell like, or how heavy a book is. We also are able to learn how to complete tasks by using all of our sense in different ways. Learning is another way we can gain knowledge. When others teach us or educate us on things they have knowledge of. We are able to then continue to pass on that knowledge to others. It’s a cycle.

So going back to my question about what knowledge is. I’d like to think of knowledge as everything. This may sound strange, but knowledge is used in every aspect of our lives. Without knowledge, we couldn’t do anything. We wouldn’t be able to walk, talk, or do anything for ourselves. Knowledge is a very important factor in everyone’s life and it is very important in everyone’s life.





Logic and Philosophy

Premise 1: I take Philosophy

Premise 2: I feel confused during class

Conclusion: Therefore, Philosophy is confusing

Looking at my premises, it depends on each person individually wether the premises may be true or not. In my case, both premises are true, which allows my conclusion to be valid. But for someone else if they fully understood Philosophy and then read my second premise, then my conclusion would not be valid to them.

A definition of logic is: reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity. After reading this definition we are able to see how when we look for validity in premises, we are using logic to guide us.

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Comparing my life to Plato’s Cave

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Kennedy’s Philosophy Intro


Going into this course, I didn’t know what to expect. Mainly because I didn’t fully know what Philosophy really was. And I still don’t. As I sit in class during our discussions I often find myself very confused and unsure of how we went from one idea to another. But I’ve began to realize that’s how Philosophy works. You start with an idea or question, and through hours, days, maybe even years of brainstorming and discussion, you still don’t find an answer. It sounds kind of ridiculous to think of it like that. But that’s the beauty of Philosophy. Even if you may think you’ve found for example, “the meaning of life”, there’s always going to be someone there to question your conclusion.

What I want out of this course is to learn how to expand my thoughts and ask more questions while still being able to stick to one concept. When I brainstorm, I usually find myself wandering off into a completely different idea then what I began with. And though it’s important to ask questions, its even more important to stay focused on the idea you’re asking the questions about.

So far, a few topics we’ve discussed in class have been School, Wisdom, and Love. At first when you hear those words you most likely will think you know what they mean. Which is exactly what I thought at first too. But it isn’t until you ask questions such as “What is the purpose of school/education?” or “How does love relate to wisdom?”, that you’ re able to expand your thoughts in ways you may never have before.

Philosophy is so different from any other course I’ve taken. Throughout elementary school all the way through highschool, we’re taught that where there is a question, there’s an answer. And a lot of the time that is true. But Philosophy is a course that makes us forget that concept and realize that there is no “answer”. We can continue to discover more and more about the same idea by continuing to elaborate. Philosophy isn’t looking at your level of intelligence. Its simply about personal growth and discovery.

I feel that through Philosophy we aren’t just discovering ideas, we are also discovering more about ourselves.

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The point of philosophy is not to become a walking Wikipedia or ambulant dats bank. -Nigel Warburton