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Entrepreneurs and experts answer the big mystery: Why study philosophy?

2015-02-26

Plato once said, "Seek truth while you are young, for if you do not, it will later escape your grasp." 
Recently, a conference in Rome studied the broader implications of Plato's quote.

The conference was called "Philosophy as Paideia," a reference to the well-rounded education of ancient times. Participants discussed how to think, but also how to teach the discipline in a more practical way.

JAIME NUBIOLA
University of Navarra (Spain)
"Instead of thinking about and teaching theories, students should consider problems, questions and ways to resolve those questions" (...) "Young people love to think. Give them a little beer and turn off their phones and they'll start talk."

MARIA TERESA RUSSO
Roma Tre University (Rome)
"For example, for a doctor philosophy is useful for reflecting on what makes someone human or what suffering means. Philosophy can even help an engineer. He can use a different mindset to think about a technique or what it means."

The professors believe that philosophy helps develop self-esteem and personality. They say it is crucial for a young person's formation. Andrea Aldo, professor at the University of Leuven, added that teaching the discipline can be hard.

ANDREA ALDO ROBIGLIO
University of Leuven (Belgium)
"It is true that today it is difficult to talk about something that does not provide immediate benefits or satisfaction. Therefore, activities or occupations that can replace these discussions are needed."

ARIBERTO ACERBI
"Philosophy as Paideia"
"We see that there is a very large demand for philosophy, which is basically a desire to know. And you do not expect it but people need this."

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross  organized the conference. It drew an international group of businesspeople, teachers, and philosophers – all in search of the truth.


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