We all philosophize at times. What do we do when we philosophize? We think in a rather concentrated, deep sort of way. In so doing, we do not call ourselves Philosophers; it would be rather pretentious of us if we did. Philosophers are those—generally in university departments of Philosophy—who think, and ask questions, about what reality is made of, what we know, and how we should behave. Philosophers are not fools; but after two and a half thousand years, they have not come up with agreed answers to their questions that are any more useful, or certain, than thinkers who do not call themselves Philosophers. Many of those who do are still caught up in the thought-forms of theology; all are in pursuit of a lost cause except those who write what might be written by thinkers in other domains. Is it not time to admit that there is nothing very special about Philosophy?
Dr. Swatridge studied Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
Since 1998, he has been a visiting lecturer, in critical thinking and the
art of argument, at the universities of PANNONIA (Veszprém); SZEGED;
PÁZMÁNY PÉTER, and KÁROLI GÁSPÁR (Budapest), and ESZTERHÁZY
KÁROLI (Eger), in Hungary, and at institutions of higher education in Poland
(Krosno), and Petru Maior University (Târgu Mureş) in Romania. His longstanding
base has been MISKOLC UNIVERSITY in North-Eastern Hungary,
where he teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. His previous books
include AN OXFORD GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE ARGUMENT AND CRITICAL
THINKING (Oxford University Press); A COUNTRY FULL OF ALIENS,
and TRANSYLVANIA; TRUTH, MYTH, PERSPECTIVE (both published by
Corvina Books, Budapest).