Our adventure opens upon a battlefield. The year is 585 BC. Lydian soldiers clash with Medes. Blood flows; men die.
After six grueling years of engagement, weary families wonder whether the fighting will ever end. An ominous rumor ripples across the field. The philosopher Thales had made a frightening prediction. Suddenly, the sky grows dark.
Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives. In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.
Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it.
Writer Nancy Pearcey asks a profound question:
Who’s writing the script of your life? Most people are not reading philosophy books; they’re picking up ideas about life from the books they read, the movies they watch, art, literature, and other cultural forms. That’s where we are most likely to pick up…ideas—often without realizing it.
While studying the source of these ideas, as well as anticipating the destination to which they will take us, we felt a deep sense of responsibility to share what we have learned.
It’s time to demystify the study of philosophy!
We have homeschooled our children from the beginning and have studied many subjects, from world history to robotics. For several years, we have engaged in competitive speech and debate tournaments. When we began to understand the power of ideas and the role of philosophers, we recognized the importance of sharing our discoveries. Philosophy became the subject of our speech communications work.
Many people feel intimidated or even bored by the mere thought of studying philosophy. But it is time we recognize how critical it is that we become aware of its profound influence, teach our students, and train them to be effective communicators so they can share with others what they learn.
Because we believe philosophy plays such a key role in shaping our society, we have invested and continue to invest the best of our time and energy into creating a curriculum that will demystify this essential subject.