As a Philosophy student at University, one of the most common questions I get asked by Non-Philosophers is:
“What exactly is Philosophy?”
Philosophy is a dying subject, yet it remains important for so many reasons.
It asks a wide variety of key questions about the universe which are both fascinating and have key practical importance. It elicits debate on discussions of Morality, Metaphysics, Discussions on God, Ancient Philosophy, Consciousness, Analytical and Continental Philosophy and so much more.
It has the power to shape your critical thinking, and change the way you live your day to day life.
Not only that, but it’s also fantastic for developing a toolkit for evaluating and winning arguments. Meaning it allows you to evaluate what current Politicians are saying, and decide for yourself whether it’s Philosophical bullshit (Frankfurt, 2005).
It’s for these reasons, and so many more that I became fascinated by key Philosophical questions about life, yet disappointed that it is not mainstream, nor widely followed.
But the reason Philosophy isn’t widely followed is because, for outsiders, it’s extremely alienating, confusing, and difficult to understand. Most of the time, Academic Philosophy doesn’t make much sense.
And trust me, I’ve been there. At the age of 16, I spent days reading Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, and didn’t understand a single word.
We Aim to Change That.
Philosophy often has barrier’s of understanding imposed: requiring contextual knowledge, the ability to read and decipher thousands of complex pages, or an understanding of jargon to make sense of, benefit from, or engage with it.
And we agree, this part of Philosophy sucks.
So let’s make a deal.
We promise our articles will never feature more than 1500 words — and we will never assume a prior understanding of context or jargon.
Instead, we will only ever publish content that is easily accessible and straightforward — whilst also maintaining the core practical value Philosophy has.
We do this so that anyone can understand and benefit from Philosophy — regardless of age, background, or experience.
And we do so with the hopes of inspiring those less knowledgeable in the realms of Philosophy to engage in discussions and to come to conclusions on key questions about life.
Sound good? Ok cool, hop on over to our articles for a closer look.
I’ll see you on the other side for some insightful debate.
About the Founder
Philosophy has helped shape his core values surrounding Ethics that will guide him through the rest of his life; and he hopes that by introducing others to Philosophy; it will change their lives for the better too.
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