“Socrates was a shit-disturber and Darwin was a super-nerd,” says Peter Stevens, working on his “shortlist” of philosophers (and philosophies) to include in his “All the Philosophy” lecture this Thursday. Even if Hegel isn’t your homeboy, Stevens claims he can help you find that certain someone—that certain “old, bearded, white dude”—who’ll knock your proverbial socks off.
Although Stevens acknowledges that Wikipedia has helped many epistemologically challenged individuals find “their” philosopher, the MEI Academy TA and Second City alum believes that his way of lecturing is the best way for you to find “yours.” “I just like to get people pumped up about the ideas,” explains Stevens, “and there’s really no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do this in an unpretentious way.”
“Did you know that, as a child, Darwin put a beetle in his mouth…just to investigate the taste? I mean, who does that? Nerds do that. And this is exactly the kind of information that people actually connect with.” After sharing another story—this time, about Darwin riding a tortoise (“he actually thought it might be useful mode of transportation”)—Stevens reveals he’s a self-taught philosophy buff. While he’s studied English and creative writing at York and history and politics at the University of Toronto, everything Stevens covers in his lectures, he explains, he picked up on his own.
Even if beetle jokes and smack-talking lecturers aren’t for you, who can resist the temptation of a philosophy fantasy draft?
All the Philosophy takes place at 46 Noble Street, Unit 102, on Thursday, December 11, from 8-9:30 p.m. $5 at the door.
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