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  • Headmaster's Thoughts: October 2019

     
    I teach all Seniors “Ethical Philosophy”, and have done it for many years. I do it for a number of reasons, not least that I enjoy the subject of philosophy and always have.
     
    What I try and encourage is curiosity. Philosophy is unlike virtually any other subject. In the disciplines of science or math, each succeeding generation of scientists and mathematicians improves on the work of the previous one. They adapt and advance. In history, historians may disagree with previous interpretations of why the Battle of Hastings occurred, but they all agree that the date was 1066. In German, to take a language study, the verb “to be” is “sein”, no ifs, ands, or buts. But in philosophy, far from adopting and advancing on the work of the great philosophers of the past, each philosophic school created a new philosophy which, in most cases, was an absolute denial of the validity of accepted philosophies of the past. They did not build on previous thinkers; they created new ways of looking at things.
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