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In the opening words to the preface of the first edition of Critique of Pure Reason, Kant says that our reason burdens us with questions we cannot ignore, but questions we also cannot answer. That's pretty much Philosophy, isn't it? It's got us thinking about those big questions of the universe beyond the reaches of our ability to know the answers with any kind of certainty.
Does Philosophy help us better understand the world? Do we think better after studying Philosophy? Did you ever find yourself thinking about a philosophical problem and the more you think about it, the less you understand it?
Philosophy is not an intellectual pursuit for everybody, but for some of us Philosophy does offer a break from an existence on the surface of reality by giving us the opportunity to take the plunge into the big questions. And then asking more questions. Asking questions about the questions. Arguing about the answers. Coming up with different answers.
To give us some focus and direction, we're starting off with a couple of books: Mortimer J. Adler Ten Philosophical Mistakes and Bertrand Russell's The Problems of Philosophy. They offer us a range of philosophic topics for dedicated lovers of wisdom. Then. Let's see where it goes. If it sounds like something you're interested in, join up.
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