Ask Me Anything - Philosophical questions from students

Floris van den Berg

Category: Society

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Summary

What happens when students can ask their professor anything and no question is off limits? You will find out in Ask Me Anything – a collection of personal, philosophical and provocative answers to questions about literally anything.

AMA is a book you can open at any page and just start reading. It is meant to be random, to be exciting, to be personal and unique. Some questions are funny, some are weird, and some are very serious. AMA aims to get you thinking about how philosophy can be applied. It opens your mind to the many realms of life that you can philosophize about, and it shows that philosophers themselves are sentient animals too.

AMA wets the palette of the entry philosopher in an approachable and non-intensive way, so that you can become introduced to philosophy without feeling too “out of depth”.

AMA acts as a bridge, allowing people to cross over from the unconsidered
life to one of critical contemplation. It is meant to facilitate personal growth
by empowering students to philosophically reflect on literally anything.
AMA gives a peek into the mind of students, and it shows that all questions are valid and can be explored philosophically.

While AMA is about answering students’ questions, let’s kick off by asking you a question: are you ready?

I enjoy AMA very much! It is interesting, thought provoking, and simply fun to read. - Jelle Stegers, philosophy student

From the book

Don’t you think that freedom of expression shouldn’t come at the expense of hurting someone?
If there is freedom of expression, there is the risk that others might be (and will be) offended. The price we pay for freedom of expression is the risk of being offended. If there would be freedom of expression with the provision of not offending anyone, then that would result in very little freedom. What if people feel offended by gay people walking hand in hand? Or what if people feel offended by a book like The god delusion? Should we forbid everything that offends people? Or should we listen to people who are most easily offended, i.e. orthodox religious people?

Do you think you would have been a different person had you been born the eldest son of Queen Beatrix?
I am a republican democrat and thus opposed to aristocracy, which includes the monarchy. I would hope I would be brave enough to stand up against this institution and step out of the monarchy, not using the title, the privileges and the money.

Are there any meaningful questions which you don’t have a clear answer for?
This question itself seems to be an example of that.

What is the main message of your philosophy courses?
To counter the relativism which many students embrace. The lectures are one extended argument refuting moral and epistemological relativism.

What do you think of polyamory?
As a liberal I think it is the choice of consenting adults of who they love and how. If people have relationships with more people and all the persons informed agree, then this seems completely fine.

What should be the goal of humanity?
To live sustainably on planet Earth, trying to minimize pain and suffering and to strive for happiness.

What is love to you?
Love is what makes life worth living.

About the author

Floris van den Berg teaches philosophy at Utrecht University. His previous books include ‘Philosophy for a Better World’ and ‘On Green Liberty’.

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Product information

Title:

Ask Me Anything - Philosophical questions from students

Author:

Floris van den Berg

Category:

Society

Number of pages:

194

Illustrated:

Yes

Format/size:

Paperback 16 x 24 cm

Release date:

30-07-2021

ISBN:

978-94-643-1662-9 / 9789464316629

Price:

€ 20,99

Language

Dutch