A Short Introduction To Philosophy | The School of Azzyland

A Short Introduction To Philosophy | The School of Azzyland

Didn’t I ask for a cocktail? PRODUCER: Three, two,
one, action. NARRATOR: AzzyLand presents most of what you need
to know about philosophy in around five minutes. The word philosophy tells us
why the subject matters. It’s originally a word
from Ancient Greek. The first part, “philo,”
means love. The second part “sophia”
means wisdom. So, philosophy means,
quite literally, “The love of wisdom.” But what does wisdom mean? NARRATOR: Let’s begin
at the beginning, shall we? Plato. For Plato, the essence
of living a wise life came down to the command,
“To know yourself.” His big idea was that our lives
so often go wrong because we don’t give
ourselves time to think carefully
and logically. Meaning that we often end up
with the wrong values, careers and relationships. I want to marry the princess. You? Marry the princess?
[LAUGHING] AZZYLAND: Plato observed
how proud people were
about their instincts, making snap decisions
based on how they felt. He compared
this to being dragged along by a group of blindfolded
wild horses. [HORSE NEIGHS] NARRATOR: Daoism. AZZYLAND: Daoism, or “The Way,” is based on the concept
of wu wei, which means “non-doing”
or “doing nothing.” But it doesn’t mean being lazy. Wu wei is connected
to reverence for the natural world. We should behave like bamboo
that bends in the wind or the plant that adjusts
itself to the shape of a tree. Instead of trying
to force things, we must put our egos aside to be at one
with the environment. We can be like water,
which is submissive and weak, but it has the power
to wear down what is hard and strong. NARRATOR: Stoicism. Stoicism flourished
for around 400 years in Ancient Greece and Rome. But it’s still a useful guide
for teaching us how to be calm and brave in these uncertain
and anxious times. What we need to do
is systematically and intelligently crush
every last vestige of hope. It is far better,
the Stoics proposed, to courageously come to terms
with every worst possibility and then make ourselves
entirely at home with them, embracing what could happen
if our worst fears came true. We would cope. Vogue break! [MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: Machiavelli. Machiavelli said,
wicked people use lies, threats and violence
to get their way. And that’s why
they rule the world. Machiavelli’s
most famous book… The Prince. [DRUMROLL] The Prince gave advice
to princes, who ran things in those days,
on how to get things done. The Prince was not a guide
to being a tyrant. It’s a guide about
what nice people need to learn from tyrants, so they can be effective. [SNAPS] Manstool? NARRATOR: Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s boldest assertion
was that God is dead and we killed him. This was not
some kind of boast. Nietzsche thought
that religious beliefs
are very useful. And he called for a reformation in which people
would fill the gaps created by the disappearance
of religion with the wisdom
and healing beauty of culture. NARRATOR: Existentialism. The Existentialists focused
on the agony of choice. They asked us
to reject the delusion that perfection is within reach. That sinking feeling
that we had that option to choose
correctly, but failed, is an illusion. Disappointment is just
an inevitable characteristic of the human condition. [EXHALES] [LAUGHS] Philosophy used
to be [BLEEP] cool, with people like Socrates
out in the streets in Ancient Greece
asking people real questions and discussing [SNAPS]
big ideas. Over time, those big ideas have become stuck
in universities and debated by people
with no interest in actually
improving the world. But the Internet
is turning the tables and philosophy is back, baby, with ordinary people
asking deep questions in discussions
just like this one. Right here, on YouTube. NARRATOR: So, now
that you’ve had a crash course in what philosophy actually is, catch up
on the rest of the series, as some of YouTube’s
most popular creators tackle some of philosophy’s
most intriguing ideas, right here,
on The School of Life. Want to know more?
Of course you do. Click the link below.

24 thoughts on “A Short Introduction To Philosophy | The School of Azzyland

  1. Really bad choice of a youtuber for this serious subject. Couldn't you guys have taken an actual youtuber who asks deep questions?
    She is just full of her self. The opposite of philosophy.

  2. This video fails on two fronts.
    1. The video poorly uses Azzyland.
    2. The video is a terrible introduction to philosophy.

    The first point, that it poorly uses Azzyland.

    Azzyland is a popular Youtuber. One who is consistently found on the front page. Her videos are aimed at kids and young adults. Azzyland has a distinct bubbly personality, which the kids enjoy.

    However, the video fails to take advantage of either aspect. The language and explanations in the video are too heavy and complicated for younger viewers. The script is generic and lacks any of Azzyland’s bubbly personality.

    Instead of the snappy editing Azzyland uses in her videos to keep her audiences attention, this video has slow, boring shots of Azzyland walking around followed by random images of old cartoons which detract from the content of the video.


    The second point is that the video is an awful introduction into philosophy.

    There are five branches of philosophy: Epistemology, Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics, and Metaphysics. These are categories which all philosophy fits into and provides a solid foundation for what philosophy is about.

    However, you instead chose to talk about random schools of philosophy and random philosophers. This is not “most of what you need to know about philosophy in around five minutes.” It hardly even provides an idea about what philosophers are trying to achieve with their ideas or the point of philosophy.

    You have a great opportunity to use these prominent figures to share philosophical ideas and yet you squander it with this generic, superficial, garbage.

  3. This video is a horrible explanation of philosophy, such a big influencer among the platform, yet this video is clearly trying to drag her down. Azzy isn't full of herself online. Though this video makes her look rudely sly, more so like she's to important for that 'subject', and it becomes her just taking her time and wasting yours

    It has nothing to do with philosophy, all they do is add it at the end of every word. For I am not one amongst my elders to say ''I know everything about philosophy''. But for i do know this is poorly explained. Now this is an opinion here, so if you think not, you rent have to agree. I think azzy flaunting her body off was extremely, inappropriate.

    Azzy is usually a very family friendly channel.

  4. Errr….wasnt expecting this on my fave channel. Its fun to watch the vintage cartoon but not too thrill about the content, her presentation looks pretentious. I hope they're just experimenting.

  5. I am disappointed to see adding films to your video channel which so far has been my favourite you tube channel. Now I am not sure anymore as it seems you have started to use trendy actor and actress and occasional use of F*** word (in other episode of the film series) to attract younger generations . In particular I found it wrong to use Sex appeal of actresses (referring to young lady dressed in red) to introduce philosophy to people for implementing it in their lives.

  6. idk what to say… my friend recommended me this channel, now i feel like i should watch some other channels that really can helps me.

  7. I learned alot of things in my life from this channel.. Don't do that man.. Don't turn it into another pop culture crap

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