Totally stole this interview idea from New Philosopher magazine. We are all philosophers are we not? Therefore, I am interviewing myself with their questions.
Top five books:
Each of these books has made me think about what it means to be a human being and how we ought to live as a society. I recommend you read every one of them, twice.
I have to go with Cornel West, I don’t always agree with everything he says but the man has courage, he speaks well, and he makes me think.
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan
Documentary to Recommend:
Favorite Art Work:
There are so many and it changes from one day to the next but right now my favorite is anything by Chiara Bautista, especially the ones featuring the girl and the sky wolf.
Favorite Piece of Classical Music:
Why is philosophy important?
Philosophy is the means by which we humans can get to know ourselves better and shape our would into one we can flourish in. Philosophy encourages us to think and gives us a set of tools to think logically, argue effectively, and figure out what the point of all of this is.
What is the biggest problem we face in contemporary society?
Extremism. Extreme conservatives, extreme liberals, extreme feminists and men’s right activists. Extreme religious groups and extreme atheists. Extremists do not listen or care to hear others out and seek only to have their own way by any means necessary.
What do you hope to achieve by “doing” philosophy?
Well, I hope to learn something, and to teach something, and to make the world a better place in my own small way.
What is the meaning of life?
I do not know, but my instinct tells me there is no intrinsic meaning. I think we all must find the meaning for ourselves and part of that is treasuring and protecting each other and and this planet. As far as we know we are a rarity in this universe and that could mean something.
Lisa is a high school drop-out who leads a pretty boring life but is plagued with thoughts about life and the human condition. She currently resides in a suburb of Denver, Colorado which she both loves and hates. You can find her on her blog and everywhere else on the internet.