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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Philosophy is hard

Doing philosophy is pretty hard work. I may not have worked up a sweat today, but I'm exhausted! I've spent the last 7 hours going through journals (online and in-hand), books, and companions trying to come up with a reading list for my general exam. I've got to get this thing completed so I can get the approval from my dissertation committee and then get busy studying. It's weird to think that I'll be studying for 1 exam for the next 10 months, but I'm really excited about it.

My general exam is going to be in the philosophy of religion with an emphasis on the problem of evil. I'm excited about this test because it's in an area that I really love learning more about. I finally have a reason (or excuse depending on how you look at it) to read a ton of material that I've wanted to read for a long time. There are so many arguments for/against God and our experience with him that I've wanted to read but had to spend my time in other areas of philosophy.

I now understand why people have told me to focus in an area that I love. If I didn't enjoy doing philosophy of religion so much, there is no way I could put this much energy into it. Once I have an approved reading list, I'll post it for anyone's perusal.