'Why Study Philosophy'

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    More stuff for the thinkers.

    "Philosophy and politics majors earn more than any other humanities degree through all stages of their careers."

    "Philosophy majors outperform business majors in earning power later in their careers, and they outperform biology majors at all stages of their careers. Mid-career median salaries for philosophy majors are reported to be $85,100.[31]"

    American Catholic Philosophical Association - Publications

    And this too:

    Interesting comments on African philosophy

    Existence and Consolation -

    "Politics is opposed to morality, as philosophy to naiveté." Emmanuel Levinas

    "Human beings do not live in the objective world alone ... but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society. It is quite an illusion to imagine that one adjusts to reality essentially without the use of language and that language is merely an incidental means of solving specific problems of communication or reflection. The fact of the matter is that the 'real world' is to a large extent unconsciously built upon the language habits of the group. No two languages are ever sufficiently similar to be considered as representing the same social reality. The worlds in which different societies live are distinct worlds, not merely the same world with different labels attached ... We see and hear and otherwise experience very largely as we do because the language habits of our community predispose certain choices of interpretation." Edward Sapir
     
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    You are most certainly not a philosopher in any way.
     
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    "What you believe to be true will control you, whether it’s true or not." Jeremy LaBorde

    Greetings thinkers and doers, hope all are well. Wanted to share a few interesting pieces for your thinking enjoyment. Hume, censorship, and a book on the mind everyone should read.

    'The mind requires some relaxation, and cannot always support its bent to care and industry.'

    Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays

    'Censorship And Social Media: Keeping Up With The Joneses'

    Censorship and social media: Keeping up with the Joneses | 3 Quarks Daily

    'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain' David Eagleman

    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman

    "Politics is opposed to morality, as philosophy to naivete." Emmanuel Levinas
     
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    And you are?
     
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    Yes, concerned and thoughtful and educated citizens that are outnumbered by voters.

    Why not just go stick your head in a fan instead?
     
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    I graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy.
     
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    Huh?
     
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    Interesting OP on Russell.

    "In the welter of conflicting fanaticisms, one of the few unifying forces is scientific truthfulness, by which I mean the habit of basing our beliefs upon observations and inferences as impersonal, and as much divested of local and temperamental bias, as is possible for human beings. To have insisted upon the introduction of this virtue into philosophy, and to have invented a powerful method by which it can be rendered fruitful, are the chief merits of the philosophical school of which I am a member. The habit of careful veracity acquired in the practice of this philosophical method can be extended to the whole sphere of human activity, producing, wherever it exists, a lessening of fanaticism with an increasing capacity of sympathy and mutual understanding. In abandoning a part of its dogmatic pretensions, philosophy does not cease to suggest and inspire a way of life."

    Footnotes to Plato | Bertrand Russell: Science and philosophy


    And reading recommendation: Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc. by Galen Strawson
     
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    A philosopher picks his favorite Americans of the 20th Century - my picks below

    http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2018/10/my-five-favorite-americans-of-the-20th-century.htm

    'My five favorite Americans of the 20th-century'

    1. Eugene Debs. Stalwart if unsuccessful socialist agitator for an alternative to devotion to the market.
    2. H.L. Mencken. Merciless critic of religious, patriotic and other bullshit, with his own parochial prejudices to be sure, but a great writer who punched up, down, and sideways without apology.
    3. A. Philip Randolph. The most important labor and civil rights leader of the century, who made MLK possible, and who always championed, from the beginning, the interdependence of racial and economic progress.
    4. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He betrayed his class and saved America from fascism and probably saved the world from the Nazis. The Reagan reaction of the last forty years was against his vision for social democracy.
    5. Bayard Rustin. He organized the 1963 March on Washington, and worked with A. Philip Randolph on behalf of the same goals: Randolph and Rustin were a team. He did all this as a gay African-American, and in the face of enormous bigotry both within and outside the movement. A person of enormous dignity and courage, whom I had the privilege to interview in the early 1980s. I will never forget it.

    Your favorites?

    My favorites. Usually I would select writers or artists but this time I selected people who actually did good things for all Americans.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Lyndon Baines Johnson
    Harry S. Truman
    Jimmy Carter
    Pete Seeger

    "Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character." William Arthur Ward
     
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    You really think that piece of shit FDR did good things for “all Americans”? Give me a fucking break. And he betrayed his class? What a fucking joke that ass. He served his classes just fine.
     

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