Bubble42 wrote: ↑January 31st, 2018, 8:17 amI would like to extend these questions to those on here who have studied philosophy at an academic level and I am particularly interested in the opinions of those who studied as mature students.
Everyone is a philosopher in their own way. We are all drawn instinctively to those big questions! Twenty years ago I would have found it all too boring and obscure because I just wanted to get out and get on with life. Having done plenty of that, I have now reached a point where philosophy (and psychology) is starting to interest me at a deeper level. To put it metaphorically, I feel that I am up against a heavy door which is slightly ajar. I desperately want to find out what is on the other side but, equally, I am fearful of not being able to cope with what I may find.
Do I want to upset my very contended (albeit not very mentally challenging) home and family life to pursue knowledge? Will I regret it if I don't?
When you studied was it truly rewarding (I know it would be hard work) or are you now driving yourselves insane with the constant questioning and analysis of human beings and existence?!!
Are there any particular philosophers and/or publications that you found particularly inspiring at the start of your journey (too subjective I know but I would still be interested.)
Does the brain become more trained and capable the more you study or do you need to be a high functioning academic type to study philosophy?
I would be very grateful for your advice and opinions.
Age is not relevant in any way. As a life long learner and teacher the simple fact is that the ability, desire or capability to learn is related to attitude and various dispositions of character. I've know learners who were useless at 20 having gone to university for their parent's sake; but I've know people of great age that have continued to have the thirst for learning.
I am currently working as a teacher of sculpture and one of my students is 89 yo.