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Have you ever studied a bit (or a much) of philosophy? And did you like it?

Whether it be at college or high school, or in your own for fun or curiosity. By the way, do highschools teach it in the USA?


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Philosophy was not offered at my high school, I imagine it could be offered at some schools. I think basic philosophy should be a prerequisite in high school at least and should be taught along with or right before the required English classes.

In my college English classes a focal point was to produce adademic research papers. I felt the classes were hampered by the professor having to review for some students the value of the language they are using or the structure of their claims.

Having philosophy first or in tandem with English courses would allow more focus on teaching academic formats like MLA rather than teaching how to be persuasive/informative, logical etc. whatever the aim of their papers are. As it was for me I felt that the English Professor had to do double duty.

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I am learning Philosophy and Ethics at the moment. It is an interesting subject. Much better than the other essay subjects that they offer at my school, in my opinion.

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Here is what I want you to do Robin, I want you to look at the mirror and I want you to picture yourself homeless, sick and ugly.

Now I want you to picture yourself with a wife or husband and a happy life.

Now I want you to truly appreciate how horrific pursuing what you are trying to pursue will end you up. :)

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ThinkerLad(267) Disputed
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I didn't give you liberty to call me by my first name, especially in callous ways. Refer to me as my screen name, if you would be so kind.

What have you accomplished Mr. 'oh so sure of myself'? One could say you take the prize for most arrogant it seems. Make sure you actually have some sort of educational authority before you start slandering my choices as to what I want to do. So jog on, twat. :)

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It depends on what you mean by philosophy. I haven't had much exposure to ethics or aesthetics, but I've sat in philosophy of science courses in college and had numerous interactions with epistemologists and logicians. Though I enjoyed it, I often found epistemology and the foundations of logic to be too pedantic for my tastes. I'd like to think I've matured since then--I might resume my study of these topics one of these days.

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I have been exposed to a fair bit of philosophy. Mostly moral and political philosophy. Have I enjoyed it? I don't really know. If you come to philosophy looking for answers, I think you are going to be disappointed. There are no answers. At least, no universal or objective answers. What you do learn from philosophy is what the fundamental questions are. You learn what shaky assumptions everyone makes about the world, ourselves, and what it means to exist, to know, to be good, to see beauty, etc. This process is sometimes fun, but many times frustrating or depressing. Good luck and start with Plato, you may not appreciate it at first but Socrates is a powerful figure in philosophy.

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I'm what I would call an expert hobbyist.

My studies are in computing as I actually want a job from my degree, not a ton of moral conflict.

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I think we are so technologically advanced but lack philosophical guidance. We have the tech to live like kings but we still have things like overpopulation, homeless, etc etc. we try to live in a high tech modern world with a moral guide from thousands years ago? WTF. Has reduced my expectations of human kind

Aliens come get me plz!

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Read this, then realize you need to stay far away from this bastion of fools.

And some high schools in the U.S. do, some don't. It isn't in any sort of nationally required curriculum.

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jacko(31) Clarified
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Incidentally, holes have been extensively and rigorously studied by mathematicians since the 19th century; the study of holes (homology) is one of the main topics of study in algebraic topology.

I agree that there is a lot of nonsense out there in philosophy, but a lot of good work has been done in the foundations of language and of logic (though much of this is arguably mathematics). The work of Alfred Tarski and Kurt Godel comes to mind.

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