This Week in Philosophy 2018–05–21

Scott Douglas Jacobsen
6 min readMay 21, 2018

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Park Seo Joon recently participated in a photo shoot and interview with Esquire to talk about his journey as an actor so far, and why he decided to appear in his upcoming project, tvN’s “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?”

The actor has been busy the past year, appearing in dramas and films like “Fight My Way” and “Midnight Runners,” as well as the variety show “Youn’s Kitchen 2.” Each production seemed to highlight Park Seo Joon’s youthful energy and passion. When asked if he feels the same way, he replied, “I think it’s because I try to find work that is befitting of my age. I want to keep taking on new projects that I can only do right now at this age.” He also added, “Each new project I do is like a page in my life’s diary. For every new thing I do, I think about what I want to achieve, I do my best, and I enjoy what I do.””


“The Philosophers Association of Nigeria (PAN) says pupils should be taught philosophy for national development.

This was the subject of a researchers’ workshop organised by the association at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Tuesday.

Titled ‘teaching of philosophy at pre-tertiary level of education for national development’, the body of scholars said teaching of philosophy in pre-tertiary institutions will help solve the problem of ethnic and religious conflicts in the country.

The event was chaired by Muyiwa Falaiye, head, department of philosophy, UNILAG, and had in attendance eminent lecturers across the country.

Jim Unah, president of the PAN, said when philosophy is introduced to secondary schools, it will impact the knowledge of critical thinking on the pupils, adding that the idea is to embed ethics into their curriculum

“The thing we are trying to do is not novel. That is, we are not trying to do something that has not been done elsewhere. It is because we have not done it here that the whole place is in turmoil. If you don’t have character and you become a leader, what are you going to give to the society? If you are a pickpocket and you become a governor, that doesn’t stop you from being a pickpocket. You have a bigger pocket to pick. That is the treasury.”


“Socrates preached that “The unexamined life is not worth living.” With that in mind, he encouraged the people of Athens to study philosophy and question everything. As today there are fewer philosophers wondering the streets trying to enlighten us than there were in Athens, it can be more difficult for the modern person to get an introduction to philosophy after they leave school.

So, to help you curious cats out, we present 10 online philosophy classes you can take right now, at no cost.

Intro to Philosophy

Where do you start if you want to learn about philosophy but don’t have any background in it at all? In this series of lectures by John Sanders at the Rochester Institute of Technology, all the most fundamental questions you might have about philosophy are answered. What is philosophy? What did Plato and Socrates do? How do we think philosophically? These questions and more are discussed, examined from a dozen different angles, and occasionally even answered.”


“Recently, I started hanging out with a group of friends who seem intimidatingly on top of things. They respond to their emails — even non-urgent ones — politely and punctually, they freeze leftovers in neatly labeled Tupperware that they never forget about, and they sort their mail into orderly files, daily. Every chore and administrative task is completed to perfection, leading to lives that appeared to me to be organized, efficient, and incredibly boring.

Though they seem quite happy, I’ve taken their dutiful lifestyle as a form of anti-inspiration, a reminder of why I should embrace my unopened mail, unwieldy to-do list, and distinctly un-Marie-Kondo-ed drawers. Total organization, I realized, requires devoting one’s entire life to structure and responsibilities. My moderate amount of mess is a token of the hours spent reading in the park, traveling with friends, or staying out very, very late. Messiness means that I’m living, at least a little.

This lackadaisical approach isn’t simply self-indulgence. The notion of embracing life by rejecting order is grounded in a long history of philosophical thought. The Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi wrote extensively, in the 4th century BC, about the importance of letting go. “He thinks humans have a built-in desire to control everything, to cut themselves off from things to protect themselves,” says Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian studies at the University of British Columbia and author of Trying not to Try: The art and Science of Spontaneity. “If you can figure out how to shut that tendency down and open yourself up, then the world will carry you along.””


(Updated September 28, 2016)

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