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There are 3 comments on Radio Show Brings Philosophy to the Masses

  1. I took Philosophy and Politics this summer–session I–and it was such an amazing course. We used the socratic method, and, while studying the ancients (e.g. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, et cetera), we held weekly debates over these interpretations. Often this would lead to modern day applications of abstract thought.We then shifted to modern-day philosophers and the applications of ‘Just War Theory.’ Everyone in the course brought a separate perspective, and this allowed for, not only strong interest in the material, but also active and true “learning.” It was simple in terms of materials (e.g. your brain), yet complex ancient literature (e.g. Greeks & Romans). The greatest element of the course was spawning the ability, and interest in laying a foundational basis in tackling complex questions.
    Yes, business and engineering degrees give you jobs, but I feel very few students truly know how to “think.” During the Renaissance being educated was measured by ones grasp over the humanities and sciences. Having a business degree does not make one educated. It’s practical and has some advantages, but it’s also far from elite in terms of thought or knowledge. Business alone is never going to solve the complex issues facing society. We need a healthy combination of science and humanities in order to move from academic to applied–via life. If anything, the absence of ethics and, perhaps, unintended consequences to society thru Wall Street are a plaque when exercised without answering imperative questions (e.g. how much is enough, what’s the return back to society, does one need or deserve massive bonus for doing their job, etc.)
    Personally, I wish I had taken more philosophy courses and I think what this alum is doing is exactly what we need–non sensationalist media and critical thought about all facets of life and policy. It also re-defines our obligations as citizens–something Aristotle felt was an active, on-going, and life-long obligation. Unfortunately, most do not care and just go back to their iPhones.

  2. pop philosophy as a replacement for the “rampant anti-intellectialism” as the same as pop music as a replacement for not understanding the music.

  3. You say,
    Adam Smith’s Pluralism: Rationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments.
    “It’s investigating notions of justice,” he says, “and an alternative
    interpretation of Smith, rather than the libertarian, conservative

    Hooray! When I read Smith I was disturbed by my feeling that the common understanding of Smith is only one of crude bias confirmation. I look forward to the book.

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