Weak signal in televising the Republic

Re: “The Republic will not be televised” | Culture | April 1

There were three major errors in my review of Philopolis. First, Philopolis is in its first year, not its second, which makes its success all the more impressive. Second, it never “became clear that the discussions taking place were almost as important as the lectures themselves,” since there were no lectures nor discussions: there were presentations, in which the audience participated by asking questions and offering their own ideas. Third, philosophy is not “in step” with science. That is not even possible, since science and philosophy take vastly different approaches and follow dissimilar paths. The sentence should have read, “philosophy certainly does not trail behind science.” In many ways, philosophy is ahead of science, and does things that science, by its nature, cannot do.

Gavin Thomson
U1 Philosophy