My very first introduction to philosophy was in an English classroom during my sophomore year of High School. The teacher was a gorgeous and wild redhead who started off every class asking us to journal and reflect on a quote she wrote on the board. On the first day of class she asked everyone to make something to hang from the ceiling, and throughout the year the fire hazard of stuff we made hung above us. One day we came into the room and the windows were covered up and the projector was lit. She waited for all of us to get seated and shut up. She started wiggling her fingers in front of the projector and told the story of Plato's allegory of the cave. The story didn't hook me at the time because I was just some punk, but now I am at a point in my philosophical journey where I appreciate the gesture.
We are extreme philosophers because we have extreme problems. (Source)I agree, but the film is all over the place with how it portrays the usefulness philosophers and philosophy. One of the difficulties is rooted in the western cultures drive towards reduction-ism that seeks to portray philosophers and philosophy as this over completed diatribe that is either too difficult too impracticable to dedicate your time to. Or seeks to enclose all of philosophers into one giant bubble of philosophy. The film begs the question; why are these students receiving such a poor philosophical education in such an expensive looking classroom in Jakarta?
What do you think, is philosophy today still relevant? And to what end? What does extreme philosophy look like?