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Why learn Philosophy?
Some philosophers believe that the function of philosophy is to analyze the foundations and presuppositions underlying other fields of study. Others, that it is to integrate scientific knowledge with that of other disciplines to achieve some kind of consistent and coherent world view. Philosophy emphasizes intellectual autonomy, for it appeals to your own ability to find out what is true and what is right through your own thinking and experiences, without depending for your beliefs solely upon an external authority. A major benefit of studying philosophy is that it helps develop skills in problem-solving, in analyzing concepts, in formulating clear definitions, and in asking leading questions, all of which are often emphasised as valuable 21st Century Skills. Studying philosophy also helps you to improve your communication skills, for it teaches you how to write and speak more carefully and cogently.
The UNESCO General Conference in 2005 had the conviction that embedding the concept of World Philosophy Day in society would popularize philosophy,and suggested that the 3rd Thursday of November be celebrated as World Philosophy Day, which this year is on 17th November 2022. Elon Musk has also acknowledged that his success is due to the adoption of ‘first principles’ and fresh thinking, rather than by simply copying best practices. These are clearly enhanced with the pursuit of learning Philosophy.
I have developed a suite of WhatsApp delivered weekend, weeklong and monthlong programs on Philosophy. To know more about these programs, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first edition of the weekend program is being offered on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022.
The name of the program is “ Why learn Philosophy?”.
The flow of topics for the program is as follows:
Saturday: What’s it about?
1.1: Some myths about Philosophy
1.2: What is Philosophy about?
1.3: The map of Philosophy
1.4: Philosophy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
1.5: Philosophy as vaccination against ignorance and stupidity
Sunday : Making Philosophy useful?
2.2: Deontological Ethics
2.3: Stoicism and Existentialism
2.4: Epistemology, Ontology and Metacognition
2.5: What next ?
The exact description of the themes may be tweaked during the actual delivery of this weekend program.
Enrolment and fee payment:
* As the courses are being delivered through WhatsApp the enrolment process is simply that of sending a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724.
* The fee for this weekend course is Rs 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
* For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is :
* Madan Mohan Pant
* HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
* (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724