I have pasted below the initial questions I have asked the RPE187 class - and await the answers with interest. [Other readers of the blog are welcome to join in!]
So: why study philosophy
1 – Pragmatic:
What skills can you take from the subject? What else (if anything) will it make you good at?
2 – Social / Political:
Does a philosophical education make you a more aware citizen – who makes better choices?
Are you more moral as a result of the study of ethics?
Is a society with more philosophers in it, more or less likely to be:
- Smooth functioning?
- Well organised?
- Argumentative and disputatious?
3 – Personal
Has your study so far impacted upon you as a person?
Is this a subject which changes people – unlike, perhaps, some other subjects (can you think of an example of a subject which doesn’t change people?)?
If it does bring about personal change – what is the nature of this change?
Other: Are there other reasons?