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  • Adam E.
    @adam-e-1 Adam E. I contacted Socratic nearly a year ago to try and get philosophy added to the service. At the time, they weren't adding disciplines. With only two founders left to go, we really should be able to get this done.

    I'm a grad student in philosophy at the University of Illinois. I'm working in philosophy of science and epistemology. I'm hopeful that we can get philosophy added to this platform and launched soon.
    3 months ago
  • Kubbs
    @kubbs Kubbs I mean the site is called SOCRATIC, so...
    7 months ago
  • kumail
    @kumail kumail I've studied philosophy at a University level and I'm really interested in it. The site is called "SOCRATIC", philosophy should of been the first subject on here for the sake of this sites name.
    1 year ago
  • Someone from Palmerston North, New Zealand
    Someone from Palmerston North, New Zealand I'm a grad student in philosophy in NZ, working on history of philosophy. I'm also a tutor at my university in philosophy. I am passionate about teaching my subject and sharing my expertise.
    1 year ago
  • Callum S.
    @callum-s Callum S. I don;t have a degree in Philosophy or anything like that, but I think that it is a very interesting subject, and I think that it should be on Socratic because after all, isn't the philosophy of learning really the most important?
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Someone from Birmingham, United Kingdom doing my 'homework' on philosophy right now :p
    2 years ago
  • Callum S.
    @callum-s Callum S. I am no expert in the field of Philosophy, but I have a keen interest in the subject and I want to expand my knowledge in the different areas of the subject. I believe that Philosophy should be on Socratic because the purpose of the community is ton help people learn, and the philosophy of learning is important to help people retain information. It is important that the way you are taught helps you to keep hold of the information that you are taught.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Brazil
    Someone from Brazil Student of economics at Federal university of Roraima, Brazil. Winner of George and Joele Eddy Prize, Third place of the Mündliche Prüfung at Mises Institute. Current doing dissertation on Market Process that is totally based on a epistemological debate. Studied philosophy as part of economics graduation and outside university by myself, specially epistemology and methodology of social scientes.

    I do not know about all parts of philosophy to justify using the whole of the subject. But quoting Popper, epistemology is the core of philosophy, not diminishing the importance of any part of philosophy, but epistemology alone is strong enough to explain why philosophy should be on socratic. It is impossible to understand the impact, the nature, and the reason of science, their methods and problems without understanding our knowledge, in a site like socratic with many subjects, most of them sciences, it is of fundamental importance to understand at least some principles of epistemology. Many other topics, like ethics, are not only important to theoretical discussion alone, but to our own life and our view of justice, and have impact on political opinions and actions. So I think that to create a real critical rationalism that has made over the years our knowledge grow, philosophy should be on socratic to not only explain it, but to stimulate the critical discussion.  
    2 years ago
  • Someone from United Kingdom
    Someone from United Kingdom I have signed up now :p @Shazzkid
    2 years ago
  • Someone from United Kingdom
    Someone from United Kingdom Philosophy is the study of the nature of reality and knowledge. I am constantly pondering these very questions, although I am no expert. This should be on Socratic since it encourages lateral thinking and logic, both of which I love!
    2 years ago
  • Paul
    @paul Paul Currently an MA Philosophy/Religious Studies student with experience in a vast range of topics and issues in both continental and analytic philosophy.
    2 years ago
  • Becca M.
    @becca Becca M. Stoked to have you @nathan-p! Sounds like you are well-positioned to be a founder for Philosophy. :)

    Now the name of the game is to get 7 more founders on board. Do you know anyone else who would be great? Cheers!
    2 years ago
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Alongside your knowledge, your passion to share and spread Philosophy with students everywhere should be your driving force. This is what will help your subject succeed!

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When I sign up to be a founder, what am I committing to? I'm not sure I have time.

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I would love to see Philosophy on Socratic! Can I get involved without becoming a founder?

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