I am sure you all know about philosophy, you all have an idea of what it is and who are philosophers.
But did you know that you have already done some philosophy at one point or another? Because philosophy isn’t a discipline only for old wise men and young idealists, it’s for everyone, we’re all philosophers.
You have probably asked yourself, or discussed with others a philosophical question without knowing it because all questions that can cause a problem, that create reflections and other questions are philosophical.
And it can be on an extremely wide range of subjects, ourselves, the other, time, history, politics, happiness… So you see that there is a great chance that, you have already had philosophical thoughts. There is a persistent cliché about philosophy stating that philosophers write about their own times so that what they’re saying doesn’t apply to us.
But it is completely false, an antique philosopher doesn’t only talk about antiquity, he talks about humankind, he talks about us. And despite all the technological advances, human nature doesn’t change, we still talk about consciousness, the definition of time, we still don’t have an absolute consensus on what is moral and what is not.
Introducing Philosophy: Where to Start
The first thing we’re told when we start studying philosophy is that we have got to read a philosophical text as if it’s talking about me, and it is true because we are all part of humanity, and despite what we tell ourselves, we’re all part of the masses.
If most philosophical questions don’t die out and become obsolete, it is true that there always new ones emerging, because science and our knowledge of the world is always evolving, we now have questions about Artificial Intelligence, data protection or transhumanism.
But you’re probably asking yourselves what is it doing there, why is LearnBlue talking about philosophy? Well, as I said, we can find contemporary problems in the old philosopher’s texts, as old as Plato or Aristotle, and most of those problems are treated in the SDGs, education, equality, justice, poverty, ecology… We can find all of this while reading Plato, Kant, Karl Marx, Rousseau, Montaigne, Hannah Arendt and many others that I am going to make you discover through this new chronic on our blog: Philosophy for a Better Future.
A title which perfectly embodies what I believe is the ultimate objective of Philosophy: trying to figure out how to make humanity and our societies grow in morality, in sustainability, in maturity.
With this column, I am going to teach you about philosophy and sustainable development, and I am going to debunk another very persistent cliché about philosophy: its uselessness.
Well, spoiler alert, it’s not. Philosophy can change your way of looking at life, change your way of being, make you more tolerant, give you ideas to live by and make you care about others, and it can promote a sustainable way of life, as I will show you.
So through this new column, at least once a month, I will present a philosophical question, treat a great philosophical theme and/or make you discover a great philosophical theory, all of it linked to the SDGs. And I will try to transmit what you could call Philein Sofia, the love of wisdom, which made the word Philosophy.