Hang in there!

Did Schopenhauer say, “Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed”?  No, but Peanuts did. The “outsourcing of erudition” makes you wonder how much we know thanks to Google etc. but also how much of it is just wrong.

Who should get to study philosophy?

In “Why teach Plato to plumbers?,” Scott Samuelson writes: “Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, ‘So you teach Plato to plumbers?’ Yes, indeed. But I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, Sudanese refugees, prospective wind-turbine technicians, and any number of other students who feel like they need a diploma as an entry ticket to our economic carnival.” So why teach them Plato? “My answer is that we should strive to be a society of free people, not simply one of well-compensated managers and employees.”