The UM Philosophy Society Blog

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A project to contemplate

As one of my ex-girlfriends loves to say, "philosophers don't really do anything" implying that we just sit around reading and writing obscure papers based on other philosohers' obscure papers and books.

Of course in many respects philosophers need to be cut off from society in order to do their work - getting away from the constant stimuli/imagery of the everyday life to cultivate the focus and concentration needed for understanding of complex concepts. It is the same with many professions, from artists to scientists.

But the outcome of this time is perhaps more easily questioned by non-philosophers. Our society conveys almost religious status upon scientists as conveyors of wisdom and artists, well, artists at least make 'stuff' for the public to view and think about.

I would like to propose that philosophers, specifically those of the UM Philosophy Society, create something for the public to view and think about. The only criteria being that it leads viewers to a greater appreciation of philosophy. Perhaps a collaborative effort with artists, specifically the media artists would be a start.

Call it: APPRECIATE PHILOSOPHY --

ap·pre·ci·ate: To recognize the quality, significance, or magnitude of. To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize.

phi·los·o·phy: Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs.

Something like the above on a poster may draw attention... but the product is most important! Anyhow, something to contemplate..

Justin Whitaker

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