Elective Reviews: Philosophy

This week I am going to look at the elective Philosophy which is taught by Mrs. Zachary. Let’s start out with a basic definition of Philosophy from Google. Google states “Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.” That basically sums it, but if you could take one thing from that it would be these questions: What is reality?  Is “God” real?

Philosophy - Aaron KellerIn Philosophy you are taught to basically question everything. For example first you are taken on a trip through different religions and one question is present in all of them: is this religion true or not?  This is for you to decide. Next you are then brought upon questions such as “Is this reality I’m living in true?” This question makes your think have I been in a real life or a fake/ staged life. The rest of the time you learn about some of the great philosophers and their theories. For an example: if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? Also you learn to question what color is. Is red red or is it brown? Is a chair a chair or a table? Also what is a straight line? Are there really any straight lines? All these go into how we classify things. In this video made by Tommy Edison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8F9ewlroRk it shows a blind man ,Thomas Edison, trying to guess what color is and why it is that way.

From my own perspective I enjoyed Philosophy because of the mental challenges this class leads you to think.  In Philosophy you always need to take a minute to think what if your previous ideas are true, so this is why I liked the class so much. For kids starting Philosophy or who are going to take it in the next school year I would definitely recommend it because the class is really an overall fun class, but also an educational class at the same time. I would also definitely recommend you take the class seriously because  this could possibly be one of your favorite electives you take in Tacony High School, as it is my favorite elective so far.

To go outside my perspective view I asked fellow classmates that took the elective a series of questions.

Do you believe that have taking philosophy has helped you? Why or why not?

“Yes, it changed the way I think in life.” – Sabur Jameshedov

What are some tips you would recommend for students starting the class?

“Keep track of your notes and be involved.” – Gabriel Ramirez

Would you take this class again?

All my results led to a resounding yes, that the students would take the class again.


I also asked the teacher of the class Mrs. Zachary a few questions concerning Philosophy.

Do you enjoy teaching Philosophy? Why or why not?

“I love teaching the Philosophy class! Every semester is different (even though we cover the same topics each time) because every group of students brings a new dynamic and a new perspective.”

What is Philosophy to you?

“It is learning how to think, not what to think; it is also about looking at life’s “big questions”, and it is about being open minded.”

What is the most important knowledge students should be able to take out of your class?

“I think the most important “take -away” is not just an academic understanding of what we covered, but also a better understanding of themselves and both why they think/ believe the things they do as well as any others think/ believe the way they do.*Understanding the importance and value of a pluralistic society.”

Overall, Philosophy is an understanding of you, and what you think/ believe. Everyone I have asked has told me how much they enjoyed this class on both academic and personal levels. This class could be one of your favorites, so what are you waiting for?  Go ask about taking it next year today!

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