Scottish Journal: Philosophy is a ‘vaccine’ against future assets

Scottish, one of Scotland’s leading newspapers, called for a greater emphasis on philosophy in education, saying “we need to get vaccinated against the outrageous lies of people like Trump and the best way to do that is to teach the wisdom of Socrates and others to our children. “

In a brief editorial On Sunday, the editors quote from Irish President Michael Higgins shortly after Donald Trump was elected:

The teaching of philosophy is one of the most powerful tools available to us to enable children to act as free and responsible subjects in an ever more complex, interconnected and uncertain world… A new politics of fear, of fear. resentment and prejudice against those who are not “like us” requires the ability to criticize, which an early exposure to the themes and methods of philosophy can provide.

Noting that “since the mid-twentieth century, philosophy has not been given the same level of importance as in the past,” the editors say that philosophy can help counter the “bizarre conspiracies” and other false beliefs that drive it. far-right populists. . “We are moving towards a new world in which philosophy and the ability to think logically become more and more important,” they write.

While philosophers may find the editorial’s argument for its conclusion somewhat insufficient, the call for more teaching of philosophy in a major journal may nonetheless be significant as an indicator of a more welcoming attitude. towards philosophy in culture at large, or an opportunity to lobby for more philosophical initiatives.

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