Philosophy is too important to be left to philosophers
Philosophy is often ridiculed as a dead or useless discipline. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Philosophy is the discipline which studies what is right and wrong, what is true and false. Philosophy underpins any and all cross-disciplinary discussions since it is where all disciplines came from, that’s why everyone still gets PhDs (doctorates of philosophy). Philosophy tackles the biggest questions: Do we have free will? Do Gods exist? Do animals have rights? But it has been locked away for too long, given only to those that have the wealth and time to study it. That’s why we are here. To bring philosophy back to the agora where it started, and tear down the ivory tower.
All I know is that I know nothing
On this website, the only philosophical viewpoint that we hold is skepticism, though to call this a viewpoint is something like calling silence a type of music (John Cage aside). Specifically, we hold a type of Pyrrhonian skepticism called indirect skepticism. As a Pyrrhonian skeptic I hold no beliefs. Unlike an Academic Skeptic, I don’t assert that knowledge is impossible, I am actively searching for it, I just have yet to find anything that rises to such a level. This makes me a great instructor since I’m skeptical of all of the viewpoints we cover here.
Pictured Sitting in His Tub
Many YouTube personalities make their personal lives an integral part of their work. I do not. This is because I work in international development. Often I am working in countries where my views, about religion in particular, might get me fired or even imprisoned. Were I to be connected to this channel and website explicitly, it might harm the reputation of the organizations that I work with, not to mention my own job prospects and even safety.
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Disciplines of Philosophy
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