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Ethics Youth Council: Back to Basics

In our sixth episode of the Ethics Youth Council Bonnie Liu, co-captain of the 2017-2018 Ann Arbor Greenhills School Ethics Bowl team, talks with Joshua Chester. Josh, who is Greenhill's Associate Director of College Counseling, teaches a philosophy course at the school. 

Josh and Bonnie get back to basics - talking about why one should study philosophy and how Josh got started as a college student addressing tough questions. They dig into some of those questions as well, such as what makes something true, and the meaning of life. Drawing from Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard, Josh suggests that meaning evolves over time, as a personal question for each person confronting it. He also shares his personal philosophy - that life is about being a good person, and helping other people where you can. 

Beyond the big philosophical questions, Bonnie and Josh also discuss the different viewpoints and historical legacies of a host of famous philosophers, from Plato to Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the role they've played in shaping our day-to-day life. 

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