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Does the title of this entry interest you? I'm sitting here with the cat trying to digest a whole whack of philosophy so I can teach it to my class this term! And there are so many '-isms' it's frightening! Just when I think I've found some good material, I check in a textbook and find a whole lot of other '-isms'! So how do people read this stuff? I get bored after about five minutes and find myself skimming through it. Do I have no tenacity? Um yes! On the other hand, is it because I find myself caring little for the history of deep philosophical thought? Or, taking a third hand for the moment *g* perhaps it's because I'm coming to the conclusion that, as opposed to disliking philosophy, I'm finding that the more I read, the more I feel like I've been there already. I think, deep down, I am a natural philosopher and this just isn't actually new to me... and I don't mean that in a big-headed way, but I've always 'asked the questions', so learning to ask isn't anything new to me. It's mostly the terminology that is holding me back from really wanting to get on top of this though. Yikes! Relativism, pragmatism, idealism, skepticism, realism... Kant, Descartes, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Russel, I bet some of you know these people backwards but OMG it just goes on and on and on... but it's pouring outside, soccer is cancelled and school goes back on Monday. It's time to stretch my brain a little. So. I need a mentor LOL! Maybe I'd better go to the library...

ETA: Okay, I've constructed my opening lesson with diagrams and everything and decided to focus predominantly on the philosophy of religion... that should narrow things down a bit, huh... but I think I'll still need to address the whole general topic.


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Jul. 19th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
I studied philosophy at sixth form for two years so while I'm far from an expert, I'm happy to offer any help I can.

Have you tried reading Sophie's World, by Jostein Gaarder? It's theoretically aimed at teenagers but it's fine for adults too - it's an introduction to philosophy that's also a fiction story. It's long, but easy to read and there's an awesome twist in the middle.
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
Ooh, thanks Hannah. I think we only teach it in our school because my predecessor came from the UK! It's not 'normal' here LOL! I haven't read Sophie's World but I will now, if I can find it. Thanks again.

And good to have you around *hugs*

You and ...chooses icon, Martin *g*
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
They turn an interesting topic into something really dry and boring - hopefully you'll be able to flesh it out again and get your classes keen to discuss! I suspect that's one of the problems - the questions are meant for live discussion and reaction, not writing about...
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
-the questions are meant for live discussion and reaction, not writing about...
Well, I have the most amazing class of twenty-four girls you could imagine, and they love to discuss stuff. They'll talk about anything, and it's intelligent talk too. I teach them every day and I love them! So I've designed lots of discussion questions already, and I've planned three complete lessons now. By the end of this term, I'll really know something!
Jul. 19th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
So will they - and they'll remember the discussion more than any essays they write. So enjoy it!
Jul. 19th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
The only essay I have to assess is one where the girls have to discuss 'Does God exist?' - that should be fun to mark, huh!!
Jul. 19th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
I've always thought philosophy gets taken too much with facts and not enough with thoughts. I always thought philosophy was more about the big ideas, discussions of things that matter. It would be nice if that was it wouldn't it?
Jul. 19th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
-I always thought philosophy was more about the big ideas, discussions of things that matter. It would be nice if that was it wouldn't it?
Well, you know what? I think that's what we'll do. We only have a limited amount of time, I have limited knowledge *g* and maybe that's the best way to get the girls thinking for themselves. I'll be the Socrates (hopefully slightly better looking) who poses all the questions and they can do the thinking and talking!
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