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Three questions about philosophy*

octubre 27, 2014

The Philosophy Club

What is philosophy to you?

Philosophy is something we do to make sense of our lives and our experiences, and to build a coherent worldview. Open-mindedness, scepticism and intellectual rigour are characteristic of a philosophical outlook.

Philosophy involves us in a whole host of activities: questioning intuitions, exploring tensions, challenging preconceptions, evaluating what’s important and what’s justified, constructing arguments, thinking critically and metacognitively, and imagining how things could be other than they are. All of this takes discipline and creativity!

Illustration by Sarah Goodreau

In a good philosophical dialogue, my interlocutor will challenge me to defend my assumptions, help me see the implications of my beliefs, question my criteria for making judgements, present me with objections, and open me to alternative points of view. With experience, each of us can learn to be our own interlocutor and engage in an internal dialogue that challenges our own thinking in these same…

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