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Im having trouble keeping up with you tonight..As an untrained novice at philosophy my main interest is contemplating the universe and its mysteries.I hate politics because it brings out the very worst in me , i cant abide certain views and i overreact.Trying to analyse myself and my opinions is a self philosophical exercise that never resolves itself.I have a dominant characteristic that is not easily subdued by my reasoning side, it has been a long philosophical battle.Do you find this in yourself?
A judge calls the opposing lawyers into his chambers, and says, "The reason we're here is that both of you have given me a bribe." Both lawyers squirm in their seats. "You, Alan, have given me $15,000. Phil, you gave me $10,000."
The judge hands Alan a check for $5,000 and says,"Now you're even, and I'm going to decide this case solely on its merits."
My main interests are the philosophy of geography, political and social philosophy, environmental ethics, and the philosophy of literature. I also like ancient Greek philosophy and existentialism. I am/was? a philosophy major and I have soured quite a bit on philosophy and many of the traditional topics discussed.
Did you receive a bachelor's degree in philosophy? What do you do for a living now?
When you say that you've soured a bit on many of the traditional topics, what do you mean? Are you speaking of the traditional topics in academia?
I just finished my first semester of my senior year. I am actually taking a year off for health reasons and to finish my last semester of my tech degree in electrical engineering technology.
I have soured on academic philosophy in general. Most of it just seems so pointless and generally useless to society. The only thing valuable in philosophy is learning to critically think and write, which is why ethics and informal logic (argumentation) are so important. But those things should not be confined to stodgy philosophy departments. They should be critical components in all education. I am into applied philosophy and discussing topics that are relevant to the times--especially issues that deal with environmental and social justice. But those issues are rarely or never even considered in philosophy departments.