2016/10/21 When you have encountered an example while studying philosophy

Even if his philosophical orientation is different from yours, any philosopher surely has something for you to learn. Today there was a class of a teacher whose philosophical standpoint is entirely different from mine and my supervisor's. Of course, I learned something from him. The lesson is as follows.

When reading a philosophical paper, you often come across examples. In those cases, you have to ask yourself some questions: What do they illustrate? What argument does the author want to support by them? What is the crucial point of them in light of the argument? These questions are often neglected when you are reading casually. But they are indispensable when it comes to deep reading.