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Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry

Philosophy Stew – Emily

Philosophy stew can be whatever you want it to be. Here are the suggested ingredients but feel free to substitute some of them to achieve a different philosophical stew. Be warned, philosophy stew takes a long time to cook and once you start it is hard to quit.


4 cups of questions with no answers

5 gills of logic without logic

2 teaspoons of confusing people by asking too many questions

1 oz of critical and rational thinking

8 cup of questioning everything

3 possible meanings of life

8 teaspoons of studying and learning everything

60 discussions and debates

18 cups of patience

4 lbs. of confusion


Step 1: Combine questions with no answers, logic without logic, and confusing people by asking too many questions. Stir thoroughly and be sure to combine properly.

Step 2: In a second bowl pour critical and rational thinking and the act of questioning everything. Slowly add it to the first bowl being sure to combine carefully to not spill anything. Spilling anything could cause the most dire of consequences.

Step 3: Add the bowl to a slow cooker and turn on low for 3 days. Once the combination turns green add the 3 possible meanings of life one by one making sure that they mix in with the mixture.

Step 4: Quickly add studying and learning everything, discussions and debates and a lot of patience. Leave the stew in the slow cooker for at least 3 years until it develops an open mind.

Step 5: Finally, add 4lbs. of confusion and serve when needed. The longer you cook it, the more confusion you need to add.

Congratulations, you have just made your first philosophy stew. Or have you… It’s never truly complete because there’s always something new that you can do with it. You can work on it for your entire lifetime and still never complete it or even know what it is. But whatever you do, make sure to never settle for anything less than the finished product.

Warning: Results may vary. Picture is not an accurate representation



One thought on “Philosophy Stew – Emily

  1. Cool post, Emily. I like the prospect of “confusing people by asking too many questions”. Adding some more would probably be the way Socrates would have liked it, considering he was executed for basically wandering the streets asking philosophical questions. He was charged with impiety and corrupting the youth in 399 BC. Wikipedia link here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_of_Socrates

    Posted by Aidan C | September 17, 2013, 5:38 am

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