Thursday, 15 June 2017

Philosophy today

Not a magazine title, but the first paper in the Baccalaureat exams which start today for over 700000 students. Last year's subjects included "Are our convictions founded on experiences?" Saying "yes" or "no" will not gain you any marks, but arguments put for either answer must be balanced by the opposite view - simply to defend a pre-conceived position is not enough.
It is a pity that more of us take real (or reported or imaginary) experiences and project them into general convictions. Simple logic:"the terrorist was a muslim, therefore muslims are terrorists". But wrong.
Good luck to all the young folk we have met in the last couple of years who will be scratching their heads today.
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