"I don't think a self is something that can be defined, but can only be revealed. Our self is who we are, what we say, what we do. Our self is a perspective, an approach, a disposition, not a thing. It is a work in progress," said one of the Socrates Café participants (p. 154).It's also "something he [Socrates] couldn't escape from, even if he's wanted to" (p. 155). Sometimes, a person "discovered who he was by first discovering who he most definitely was not" (p. 157). At the end of that session, a student said, "If we'd had discussions like this at my university, I'd soon have a Ph.D. in philosophy" (p. 155).
Does it seem to you that philosophy professors tend "to treat philosophy like a museum piece that only they, the experts, could discuss with authority" (p. 158)?A few more questions this chapter raises:
- Can "good" be a what?
- Can "handsome" be a what?
- What about "words"? Someone said words are "our articulated thoughts" (p. 184).
- Another said, "Becoming is just as much a what as being is" (p. 185). Do you agree?
- "Is a unicorn a what?" (p. 187).
"I am and always have been one of those natures who must be guided by reflective questioning."
— Socrates (quoted on page 143)