I was at work, chit chatting, and one of my co-workers brought up philosophy. For some reason he was taking a philosophy class at our local community college. He liked it, he said.
I told him that my degree was in philosophy. He wanted my thoughts on philosophy, classes, and so forth. I delayed our conversation until we were going home.
I told him that if we were interested in philosophy, the only goal we should have, or, our most important goal, would be to try to understand reality. In general, come up with an answer to the question, “What’s it all about?”
I said a lot of what you get in philosophy classes is going to be related to becoming some philosophy professor, or someone who knows something about the history of philosophy. You’ll be able to say which philosopher said what outrageous thing. And so forth.
But, if you just wanted to do the most important thing, then you have to develop for yourself some account of how reality is put together.