Taking it without philosophy

Philosophy forms in a critical sense, in an in-depth analysis of reality, which is a counterpoint in a superficial and utilitarian society like ours. Precisely for this reason it is more necessary today than ever.

November 12, 2021-Reading time: 2 minutes

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We are getting to know the Government's proposal for the new educational law. Among many other aspects that we could analyze, one of those that is going unnoticed is the decrease in the weight of the Humanities, and more specifically, of Philosophy.

Effectively, Ethics disappears in ESO, and the teaching load is reduced in Bachillerato. While waiting to see if the Autonomous Communities 'undo the ministerial mess' and increase the teaching load of this and other subjects, the starting point is that the LOMLOE reduces, once again, the weight of the Humanities.

Humanistic knowledge is a window to the world, which opens the eyes and the mind, which forges a critical coexistence and which serves as a comfort in many moments of life.

Literature, history, philosophy, theology, philology are subjects that we should not renounce as a society and much less should we allow the youngest to be deprived of them. And more specifically, philosophy forms in a critical sense, in an in-depth analysis of reality, which is a counterpoint in a superficial and utilitarian society like ours. But precisely for this reason it is more necessary than ever.

To reduce a subject to two hours is to turn it into a 'pot', it is to reduce its importance and value. What shall we say about leaving a subject in only one hour, as happens with Religion or Music, which is to make them almost non-existent!

But Humanities have also been charged with an ideological bias, for the sake of imposing partisan postulates, which is highly dangerous. This is grotesque in science subjects where, for example, the study of mathematics from a gender perspective is proposed. But it is especially dangerous in the Humanities, which are more permeable to such messages.

Therefore, we must denounce the fact that History has lost its search for objectivity in its approach to different events such as the Second Republic or the inclusion of visions of Spain that are a toast to nationalism.

In the case of Philosophy, because of a supposed feminism, some philosophical figures have been shoehorned in, whose contribution to the History of Philosophy can hardly be justified, and others more relevant but of a different slant have been left aside.

I am afraid that, from Hypatia of Alexandria, our students will simply go to see Amenábar's movie, and they will not learn anything else, because there is not much more. While a first-rate philosopher like Edith Stein is relegated to oblivion. Perhaps because this Jewish woman, a disciple of Husserl, founder of phenomenology, converted to Catholicism, was a Discalced Carmelite, martyr and declared Patroness of Europe by John Paul II.


The authorJavier Segura

Teaching Delegate in the Diocese of Getafe since the 2010-2011 academic year, he has previously exercised this service in the Archbishopric of Pamplona and Tudela, for seven years (2003-2009). He currently combines this work with his dedication to youth ministry directing the Public Association of the Faithful 'Milicia de Santa Maria' and the educational association 'VEN Y VERÁS. EDUCATION', of which he is President.

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