Ethical Realism

March 2, 2011

Should Philosophy be a Requirement In High School & College?

Filed under: outreach,philosophy — JW Gray @ 10:50 am

I added a new piece to the Philosophy Campaign section of this site called, “Philosophy Should Be An Educational Requirement in High School & College.” I argue that philosophy is of the utmost importance because it helps us be reasonable and moral. We should help everyone become more reasonable and moral through philosophy.

I would like people to spread the word. I think this is important.


  1. No. An introductory course in philosophy would be too esoteric, trying to to cover ethics, logic, and epistemology in one course. Kids couldn’t assimilate it into their daily lives.

    BUT, I wish they had a mandatory course on applied philosophy, critical thinking, analysis of advertisements, political campaign rhetoric, logical fallacies, etc.


    Comment by Tom of the Sweetwater Sea — March 2, 2011 @ 11:36 pm | Reply

    • Tom, you might want to read my actual proposal. What you are describing is much closer to what I demand in high school.

      There are high school students who actually take philosophy classes right now. I don’t know that an actual class in philosophy would be so horrible in high school covering so-called “esoteric” elements because I don’t know those elements are so “esoteric” after all; but what I demand from high school education is much more modest.

      Comment by James Gray — March 3, 2011 @ 1:05 am | Reply

  2. A resounding yes! Philosophy helps to cultivate critical thinking, inquiry, and ethical considerations. Thus, it’s not so much the philosophies themselves that would be crucial, but their importance to establishing the foundations of free thinking.

    It’s unfortunate that our curriculum regards such subjects as “electives,” rather than a necessary and established part of one’s education. People in general are prone to stereotyping philosophy as flighty and inapplicable, at worst, and a mere source of amusement at best.

    Comment by Romney — March 12, 2011 @ 12:35 am | Reply

    • I forgot to add that it would likely require a change in attitudes and culture.

      Comment by Romney — March 12, 2011 @ 12:37 am | Reply

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