What We Talk About When We Talk About Philosophy

Before we really sink our teeth into the subject, I feel obligated offer up a quick disclaimer: I am by no means an expert on any of this stuff. Philosophy is a dense, sprawling topic, and my three years at NYU have left me what really amounts to a solid introduction. This blog isn’t about me teaching so much as it is you and me puzzling out some of the answers together.

I should also define a little more clearly what sort of philosophy we’ll be talking about. I am woefully ignorant when it comes to Eastern philosophy, and while I’d like to talk about it at some point, I’ll refrain from commenting for the time being. For right now, this blog is solely interested in the Euro-American philosophical tradition, from Thales to the modern day. This is the tradition that is taught in American and British Philosophy departments.

My own interests—the topics I am both most qualified to comment on and spend the most time thinking about—are existentialism, political philosophy, and metaethics (expect definitions for all of these in the near future). But if any of you have niggling questions or topics you’d like covered, please let me know.

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