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  1. #1 How is morals adressed when you study philosophy? 
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    Im getting philosophy at school next year.

    What im concerned about is how morals will be adressed.

    Im an existential and moral Nihilist myself and dont believe in good and evil, only cause and effect. Im naturally curious and im in the "Truth = knowledge = Happiness" crowd and value science and strongly dislike theism of any kind.

    Im wondering how philosophy is actually teached? I mean... either you are a critical thinker or not right? Can this really be taught?

    Also is it normal for philosophy teachers to go with politically correct teachings and preach "good and evil" or is it very open minded as it should be?

    For those that has had alot of philosophy as a class, what can you tell about it in general?

    I personally find it really weird to be graded in something like philosophy.


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    in my opinion a philosophy class runs much like an english humanities class. you discuss different aspects of the human psyche. they don't teach you good and evil or nihilism on their own. most introductory classes will cover the major philosophies of the world, and go in depth into some of the ones that have had large impacts on society.

    being graded on philosophy is much like being graded in an english essay, it's not about getting it right or wrong (there is often no write answer), it's all about doing it right. knowing the different aspects of each philosophy, learning how to look at a philosophy, and the ability to compare different world views.


    physics: accurate, objective, boring
    chemistry: accurate if physics is accurate, slightly subjective, you can blow stuff up
    biology: accurate if chemistry is accurate, somewhat subjective, fascinating
    religion: accurate if people are always right, highly subjective, bewildering
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    Quote Originally Posted by saul
    in my opinion a philosophy class runs much like an english humanities class. you discuss different aspects of the human psyche. they don't teach you good and evil or nihilism on their own. most introductory classes will cover the major philosophies of the world, and go in depth into some of the ones that have had large impacts on society.

    being graded on philosophy is much like being graded in an english essay, it's not about getting it right or wrong (there is often no write answer), it's all about doing it right. knowing the different aspects of each philosophy, learning how to look at a philosophy, and the ability to compare different world views.
    A good answer thanks Im at ease then.
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    I don't have a degree in Philosophy, but I did minor in it. Every class was extremely open-minded. It sort of comes with the territory, I suppose (or maybe I just had good teachers). As a general pointer, try not to cling to preconceived ideas of "what crowd" you (or others) fall into...this only serves to stunt your own intellectual growth. If you honestly approach the classes with an open-mind, and you are able to momentarily suspend your own personal opinions while learning during class, you may be surprised by what you are able to walk away with :wink:
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