The unexamined life is not worth living.
As Plutarch once proclaimed, "Philosophy is the art of living."
In today's digital age, it can be easy to mindlessly consume content. Generation Z has grown up immersed in a world of screens and shallow dopamine-boosters, rather than taught to confide in the written page or their own minds. But to truly contemplate issues beneath the surface and to lead a well-examined life requires embodying the thought processes of a philosopher: posing big questions about the world and perusing counterarguments.
Philosophical thinking can be found in the ordinary and the familiar, not just the new and profound. At the same time, philosophy delights in the unknown: in posing questions that might not have immediate or clear answers, but are worth asking for the sake of curiosity.
From youth, we are natural philosophers, asking large questions about seemingly self-evident subjects: Why is the sky blue? Why do we have to listen to our parents? Why is there something rather than nothing? Dialexicon is a project to revive these questions by giving youth a platform to express their philosophical ideas and share them with others.
Thinking like a philosopher is essential in the 21st century.
The biggest problems facing our modern society do not derive from a lack of resources but from the abuse and mismanagement of tools by humankind.
Poverty stems from a lack of redistribution, not scarcity.
Climate change stems from human-caused pollution and the tragedy of the commons.
War stems from fragmentation and political mismanagement.
Technological abuse threatens a new frontier where our privacy, liberty, and equality are at risk.
To combat these problems, we need philosophy more than ever. While science has fostered the creation of tools, philosophy teaches us how and when to use them in just and beneficial wyas. We need political philosophy to justly govern citizens and allot resources, ethics to guide how we ought to treat each other, and epistemology to satisfy our curiosity.
Thinking like a philosopher trains you to be a problem-solver, a persuasive orator, and a critical thinker. Dialexicon is the first step on that journey, beginning with youth.
Here are some reasons why Dialexicon came into existence:
Noticed a lack of accessible philosophy resources for high school students
To share the voices and philosophical opinions of youth with a global audience
To provide a forum for youth to discuss philosophy with other engaged youth
To distill complex philosophical ideas to be approachable for youth
Dialexicon seeks to close a gap in high-quality philosophy resources for young people, offering a platform tailored to middle and high school students who are interested in philosophy.