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In the meanwhile we could talk a little about philosophy. It is a subject that divides opinion very sharply. When I am introduced to people as a philosopher people invariably respond in one of two ways:
1) They have absolutely no interest whatsoever and move on to something else (or someone else!) as if a faux pas had been made.
2) They are very interested and say “I wish I’d studied that” (often in an over-excited manner) but usually with very little understanding of what philosophising actually entails.
Though of course that’s just the men, women invariably respond by wanting to have my babies. Or at least they should do – it is only a matter of time…
Of course when I said ‘it is a subject’ I meant as a subject of conversation, or perhaps for a class, but the first thing key to understanding philosophy is that it is not a subject. It is neither a topic nor a thing. Philosophy is a kind of discipline, an activity which approaches an issue from a very general level.
A few years ago I wrote an essay on ‘what philosophy meant to me’ for The Subject Centre For Religious and Philosophical Studies annual undergraduate competition. As I didn’t win, a posted it on Facebook instead, and eventually, when I created a blog for my university’s philosophy society, on there too. Since that time I have had much opportunity to reflect more on this, such that my original essay seems uncomprehensive. Much of this reflection is owed to a number of podcasts in the peerless Philosophy Bites series which can be found here, and further here. And if you want to read my original essay it can still be found here.
Philosophy Bites is recommended as the best introductory resource on philosophy and has the virtues of being both regularly updated with new content and available for free on the internet. These video series are also excellent: Bryan Magee in Conversation and The Sea of Faith. But if books are more your thing I have made a list here.