What Good is Philosophy?

What Good is Philosophy?

Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

Recently Crash Course announced that they’re going to be releasing Crash Course Philosophy, hosted by none other than Hank Green.

I’m excited when Crash Course puts out any of their new courses. They’re all great. I am, like, definitely and markedly smarter for having Crash Course in my life, and I can’t wait to share them with my kids when they grow up.

But I’m really excited about Crash Course philosophy. I think that, if it gets shared and watched and understood enough, it could be one of the most important courses Crash Course has put out.

I’m gonna put this out there: I think philosophy is the most important thing humans have ever done.

Philosophy is behind storytelling and music and law and society and government.

Philosophy isn’t a fundamental part of science itself, but it controls how we apply science, and science without application doesn’t do too many people too much good.

Not that there isn’t value in pure science, learning for the sake of learning, but to me, the primary value of that is that it gives us applications we weren’t even looking for. And those applications are guided by philosophy.

Science is what gives us better farming techniques and develops vaccines that save hundreds of millions of lives and gives us housing cheap and efficient enough to enrich the lives of people around the world.

But philosophy is what makes us seek new ways to give the food we produce to those who most desperately need it, and is the impetus behind developing a life-saving vaccine in the first place, and is what makes us try to solve the problem of homelessness that still plagues far too many people in modern society.

Because the very idea that we should help people, we should save lives, and we should feed the hungry is rooted in philosophy.

There probably isn’t anything as universal and important to humans as philosophy. Like, you might not be personally interested in philosophy, certainly not as much as I am, judging by this video—

—but interest itself, and what makes us interested, and whatever you are interested instead, falls under the field of philosophy. Do you get it?

Whatever you think is right or wrong in this world, that is a philosophy. If you think there is no right or wrong, but only strength or weakness, that is also a philosophy.

You might also be a Sith Lord. You should get that checked out.

Philosophy is one of those things like biology that most people don’t think about, and yet they use it every single day, from Presidents to coal miners to criminals.

A lot of argument happens on the Internet, right? You’re on YouTube. You’re aware of this.

And you probably hear people break out the old “logical fallacies” from time to time, errors in logic or thinking that invalidate an argument because it’s not based on fact.

That is philosophy, and most people don’t even realize it.

I studied a lot of philosophies in my teens and early twenties. And one thing I noticed is that the more you learn about knowledge, and morality, and what makes the human mind tick, the more compassion and empathy you develop for other people in general.

That’s why I say that Crash Course Philosophy might be the most important Crash Course ever. And it’s coming in just a few weeks, and I really can’t wait.

I’m gonna put a link to the Crash Course YouTube channel right here. Please go check it out and give them a subscribe. I will almost certainly be making video about the topics they discuss on the Philosophy course.

And yeah. Spend a little time brushing up on your philosophy. Whatever that means to you. I really don’t think there’s a way to study it that won’t make your life better.

Thank you so much for watching, Rebels. An extra special shoutout to my supporters on Patreon…

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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