September 08, 2010
On Philosophy: A Partially Examined Life
An interesting post over at Open Culture (love this blog). Philosophy: A Partially Examined Life. In the piece, he says of his experience of philosophy from his studies at university: "we loved philosophy but preferred it as an avocation. There was something about the professionalization of philosophy that seemed to go against the spirit of it. We preferred the “partially examined life” to the examined life." I can relate and felt the same way, hence my change to Sociology, then Psychology, then Anthropology. (Not that any of these didn't bring on the same reflections).
They created a philosophy podcast with discussions that were informed but not overly academic, less like a classroom lecture and more like a conversation over drinks after class, and unified by the question of what makes philosophy worthwhile. They covered topics ranging from Plato’s conception of the examined life to Nietzsche’s immoralism, God and faith, to the philosophy of mind. Podcast here.
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