What Is X?

What Is Philosophy? | Agnes Callard

July 31, 2021 Justin E.H. Smith | The Point Magazine Season 1 Episode 1
What Is X?
What Is Philosophy? | Agnes Callard
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What Is X?
What Is Philosophy? | Agnes Callard
Jul 31, 2021 Season 1 Episode 1
Justin E.H. Smith | The Point Magazine

What does it mean to be a philosopher? After all, it's an odd job title. In this episode, Justin E.H. Smith asks philosopher and Point columnist Agnes Callard, What even is philosophy? What does philosophy do, and what does it take to do it? Along the way, they consider whether philosophy is meant to reveal actual truths about the world, answering abstract questions like "What is reality?" or more everyday ones like "How should I be happy?" Or could philosophy actually be a form of complaining?

Show Notes

What does it mean to be a philosopher? After all, it's an odd job title. In this episode, Justin E.H. Smith asks philosopher and Point columnist Agnes Callard, What even is philosophy? What does philosophy do, and what does it take to do it? Along the way, they consider whether philosophy is meant to reveal actual truths about the world, answering abstract questions like "What is reality?" or more everyday ones like "How should I be happy?" Or could philosophy actually be a form of complaining?