Today is Christmas Eve and I will try to lighten the mood up….I personally have had enough of Trump. Biden and the idiocy around the pandemic….so let’s change it up….at least for today.
This kinda reminds me of the old Gong Show from the 70s….and the Unknown Comic who wore a bag on his head to disguise his identity……
When in university many students take Philosophy 101 as an elective…..mostly because many already know some of the ideas that would be taught….many think that a good grade will help their average…..the study of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and the rest…..
But there is a fly in that ointment……
Ever heard of Mozi? No? How about Anne Conway? Probably not.
These are two seldom taught philosophers…..
There are at least three reasons to read philosophers from other times and places. The first is that they are sometimes right (and sometimes in surprising ways), and we can learn from them when they are. The second is that their perspectives and habits of thought are sometimes very different from our own, and it’s a useful skill, and often a mind-bending experience, to try on those perspectives and habits for ourselves. The third is that philosophy has shaped and continues to shape the larger world. We can only understand that larger world when we understand the philosophical currents it drift on.
There are a lot of great resources out there if you want to get a fuller, more detailed story about the history of philosophy. But here are two philosophers most readers have likely never heard of, a little bit about some of their ideas, and why we might find them interesting today.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”