How Studying Philosophy Can Change Your Life (No. Seriously…)
Long ago, Aristotle rightly said that human beings are rational animals—and there’s the rub. We are both reasonable and animal.
Well, this is awkward.
Traditionally, philosophers have focussed on the rational aspects of being human; but two centuries ago, Charles Darwin taught us to think of ourselves as animals who evolved over millions of years to become who we are today.
He is, of course, quite right about this.
Since humans and our not-quite-human ancestors have been around for ages and ages, we have developed a number of important strategies for survival. Whenever someone attacks us, we stand and fight (if we think