Philosopher Citizens

Somebody mentioned in passing during the conference that Mortimer Adler said that not everybody will be an electrician or a lawyer or a football player (or something like that) but that everybody is a citizen and a philosopher.

Wow.

That means that every school must be serious about equipping their students to be citizens (people who know and love justice and seek to introduce her to their circumstances) and philosophers (people who love truth and know how to seek it).

Does yours?

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4 Responses

  1. Definitely not. Schools just don’t teach you how to question anything, as they should.

    • Agreed, but not just so you can question things. Rather, they need to teach us how to reason together to come to decisions in a community, which is what citizens do. They make decisions in the best interest of the community.

      They also need to teach us how to reason as philosophers – to find truth.

      Thanks for jumping in, Fernando!

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