What Am I? Where Am I? an Idiot's Guide to the Science of Philosophy; the Beauty of Philosophy Is There Are No Right Answers

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What Am I? Where Am I? an Idiot's Guide to the Science of Philosophy; the Beauty of Philosophy Is There Are No Right Answers


Byline: Professor Stephen Clark

PROFESSOR Stephen Clark, head of the philosophy department at Liverpool University, provided us with a basic introduction to philosophy.

Prof Clark, who has been at the university since 1983. said: ``Philosophy is an attempt to answer all those questions we all ask - such as `What am I?', `What is the world?', `What is knowledge?' ``Philosophers seek rules which help us discover the right way to do things.''

He added: ``It is the science of the universe.''

He said: ``Anyone could have a go. The first step is to get together a group of friends. The most fruitful philosophical debates are achieved when ideas are bouncing off each other because no matter how clever or imaginative you are, a man on his own has less fuel for thought.''

``We always start our new students with the following task.''

He explained: ``Imagine you are in the film The Matrix, where characters are just brains plugged into a computer-generated universe. …

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