Philosophy isn’t just an abstract subject for otherwise unemployable nerds to sound learned. It explains why, for instance, a culture moves radically away from respecting objective reality and instead embraces the concept of subjectivism; or moves away from respecting reason and independent judgement, and instead embraces consensus; or moves away from respecting individual rights and peaceful cooperation, and instead begins to embrace authoritarianism and state control.
In order to live at all in the real world, you need some view of that world and your place in it—either explicitly or implicitly. In other words, you have no choice about having a philosophical outlook. The only choice you have is whether you’ve chosen that philosophy yourself, or you’ve simply absorbed it from the culture around you (from parents, say, and from teachers, from religious leaders and cultural icons).
And the philosophy of a culture is literally a matter of life and death—as Rockford University philosopher Stephen Hicks argues in this recently released 10-minute video, using the numerous 20th century wars as his basis.
Philosophy: Who Needs It? The answer, dear reader, is you.
[Hat tip On Liberty Street]