|Vanishing into the future|
Well just because it was the last session didn't mean that we had an easy ride as we wrestled with the question (again) of What Philosophy is and what is it for?
Groups of students reported back - we major-ed on it as using 'Critical thinking' and others highlighted the fact that a lot of time could be spent analysing things that had not previously seemed problematic.
It was agreed (I think) that Philosophy was an enquiry into the meaning of existence, and one of the things that also emerged was how we struggled to explain ourselves clearly (this issue was highlighted later too when some spoke of the obliqueness of the writings of some philosophers, Heidegger for example)
Another student mentioned the need for group consideration but a removal from the others was also mentioned as a time for 'thinking' and getting ideas formulated for future perusal.
On a more concrete level Scott our esteemed teacher explained how he some anguish on the amount of discussion which some of the classes included and he also recommended to us a book Introducing Philosophy A text with Integrated readings by Robert C Solomon (Robert is fairly recently deceased, in 2007 at the relatively early age of 64)
A further pointer was to abandon materials if we felt that they weren't working for us at a particular time and perhaps we'd go back to them later, it was also suggested we might wish to take further our studies with one of the other courses in what is an expanding section of the City Lit offerings .
|Almost lost in my thoughts and those of others too|