A professor of mine once said that if you want to ask questions, you should be determined to ask at least three. There is no religious reasoning behind this, three is not meant to signify anything in particular – it should be at least three. Asking more than one or two questions makes you think further than what is directly accessible (such as minor flaw in the use of language, or pedantic interpretations/views of a particular author). The third question is harder to come by and it makes you think of what has been said. As a bonus, trying to find a question to ask, you work on the answers to questions you already have in mind. So with this in mind, I set out to write the About page with three questions:
Who created this website?
I did, or rather, I do. Vague, yet clear. Vague, because I don’t want you cite this for your term papers; clear, because I am formally trained in philosophy and I have studied my particular subject – political philosophy – for the past nine years. While my specialisation is very focused, I have always held an interest in what I am missing. This website is an attempt to write what I am missing in a more accessible way. It also helps me to gather my thoughts on many subjects for foundation level philosophy that I teach.
Having said that, all of this is nowhere near high quality writing. All information should be accurate, and of course there will be disagreements. Nevertheless, you should alway consult other websites and printed material if you are interested in the subject.
I have read section X, and it is not really that easy or accessible. Is it me, or is it you?
The answer to this is rather difficult. Though I try to maintain a general and introductory guide, that is not always possible. Philosophy is a technical subject and more often than not philosophers respond to each other in their own technical jargon. I try to refrain from these as much as possible and to present a clear answer to the most common questions that I have come across. I doubt I have always succeeded, but I sure hope that this is more accessible than most things online without losing meaning through reduction of the necessary technical aspects to simplified views.
Keep in mind also that some of this is very difficult. So while it is not always me, it is neither always you. My pedagogical background wants me to emphasise that you should keep trying and keep reading – here and elsewhere. If you are struggling with terms though, there are a few philosophy dictionaries available online, and we have a glossary for this purpose also.
You missed a few – where is subject X?
I missed more than just a few. This is an attempt by me to try and inform myself and others of the many sub-disciplines in philosophy. I work on this alone and I want to keep it that way. This is meant as a journey for me as much as for the reader. So, while subject X is missing, perhaps it will appear here soon. At any rate, one should not expect a complete philosophical database. That would no longer be philosophy.