Episode One: What is Philosophy?

Ep. 1 What is Philosophy? Open Door Philosophy


Derek Parsons and Andrew Graziano start off the podcast by discussing what philosophy is, and what it isn’t. 

Quote Corner: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

Other notable quotes:

“Philosophy, in fact, is not just one specialized subject among many…it is something we are doing all the time, a continuous, necessary background activity which is likely to go badly if we don’t attend to it.” – Mary Midgley

“Philosophy is all about how to think in difficult cases – how to imagine, how to visualize and conceive and describe this confusing world, which is partly visible to us, partly tangible and partly known by report, in a way that will make it more intelligible as a whole. It is a set of practical arts, skills far more like the skills involved in exploring an unknown forest than they are like the search for a single buried treasure called the Truth. And because of this it is far more concerned with the kind of questions that we should ask than with how, at any particular time, we should answer them.” – Mary Midgley

Andrew’s Books

Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Issacson

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The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

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Mr. Parsons’ Books

The Philosophy of Loyalty – Josiah Royce

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Epictetus Dialogues – Epictetus

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