An unexpected recent interest of mine is the field of philosophy. Like the cheering masses at philosophy’s mischaracterization during a GOP presidential debate , I had largely written it off as meaningless navel-gazing. But most of the silliness comes from misunderstanding metaphors as literal, or bad and later disproven arguments.
The root words we get philosophy from mean “love of knowledge”, and it lives up to the title through my most cherished topic: critical thinking.
It’s worrisome that so many people cheered the dismissal of thinking or assume they understand a field they haven’t actually studied. To both paraphrase and summarize Thomas Jefferson, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”
To that end, here’s the Crash Course philosophy playlist. Because thinking is good.
- Fourth Republican Party presidential debate, November 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin