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Easy philosophy related activities you can engage with!

Many of you are probably not able to do all the things you’d like to do at the moment. Maybe you’re bored, maybe you’re looking for a new hobby, maybe you’re looking to pick up a little bit of knowledge or maybe you’re a prospective student/offer holder and you’re looking to delve into philosophy before University. If any of these apply to you then here’s a list of some of the easiest ways to start thinking a little more philosophically. 

Listen to a podcast! 

There are many brilliant philosophy podcasts out there and they cover both a great range of topics and a great many levels of sophistication.  If you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted then I’d suggest “The infinite Monkey Cage” episode on philosophy. It’s hosted by Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince and during the episode a philosopher and a scientist discuss the statement ‘philosopjhy is dead.’ It’s an interesting debate on philosophy’s relevance in society today and would be particularly good for those who have a background in science.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wdfd4 For something a little closer to the University listen to the ‘Common room philosophy podcast.’ Which features philosophy lecturers from the Warwick itself. For a little more detail on it read my review here  https://our.warwick.ac.uk/a-warwick-university-podcast-review/    https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yNGNkMjFjNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== And for something a little more thorough then ‘In Our Time: Philosophy’ is the one for you. It covers just about every topic you could possibly imagine in as much depth as is possible in 50 minutes and they have very interesting guests. For prospective students/offer holders I’d highly recommend checking the modules for your year and listening to the episodes related to them for some context and intrigue.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01f0vzr/episodes/downloads 

Youtube 

Philosophy on youtube can be hard to find. You often find yourself just listening to someone’s unfiltered opinions or religious beliefs, or sometimes the information is just a bit lacking.  Crash course– is good for a dabble in the very basics done in a fun style but it’s not exactly for degree level thinking. 

 The School of Life– Does some great videos on individual philosophers but you don’t necessarily get to grips with the schools of thought they were working within. It’s more of a biography channel.  Exurb1a– would be my favourite channel to mention. The creator formerly studied philosophy and he makes very witty philosophical videos. They don’t necessarily explore the history of philosophy but instead take you on a philosophical journey, which makes you reflect on yourself and your place in the world. Word of warning he does tend to swear but as I said these videos are intended to have a humorous angle, the video I will link is free from that though so you can start with something tamer. He also writes books such as ‘The Prince of Milk’ which are well worth a read. 
 

Philosophical Fiction 

Those who study philosophy or have picked up a book written by a philosopher know that reading philosophy can be very difficult. As such sometimes if I’m in the mood for philosophy but I’m tired and want to relax ,I read some philosophical fiction. These books can give you great takes on philosophical problems in a more easily digestible form.  My favourite fiction book which has an abundance of philosophy is ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.’ From answering the ultimate question of the life the universe and everything, to quotes like; “what’s so unpleasant about being drunk? Ask a glass of water!” This book in my opinion really does have it all. There’s even a book written detailing all the philosophy that be found in Adams’ series.  

For a few more suggestions click the link here  https://www.greghickeywrites.com/best-philosophical-novels/  My personal favourite from this list has to be ‘Slaughterhouse-Five.’ The madness and ethics of war are discussed at length in this book and it also has one of the strangest timelines you will come across.   

I hope that this blog helps some people to explore philosophy because I think it’s a subject everyone can find their own interest in because of its inter-connectedness with other subjects. And for those of you who hope to study it in the future I hope you’ve found some ways of preparing for your course.  

Have fun and stay safe! 

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