I have heard much railing from the WTS about the snares of "worldly philosophies". According to the WTS, much of what is evil in the world, including the teachings of "Babylon the Great" is rooted in philosophy. This appears to be one of their hotbutton "buzzwords" to promote irrational fear about anything related to philosophy. Although I never took any philosophy courses, I recently heard from a freind that any introductory philosophy course will totally school you in the techniques of identifying logical fallacies. This person said that after taking such a course, he was suddenly able to identify all kinds of fallacies in everything he read, including newspaper articles, editorials, books, etc. It struck me at that point that this could be one of the reasons that the WTS is scared of philosophy! I'd like to give my friend a copy of "Reasoning from the Scriptures" and tell him to have at it!
Note this passages:
*** Awake! May 8 1989 pp.13-14 What Career Should I Choose? ***
Be selective in your choice of [college] courses, for example, focusing on learning job skills rather than worldly philosophies.
*** Watchtower November 1 1992 pp.17-21 Education With a Purpose ***
On the other hand, some of their contemporaries chose to get a university education and fell by the wayside, subjugated by the faith-destroying philosophies and "wisdom of this world."?1 Corinthians 1:19-21; 3:19, 20; Colossians 2:8.Any thoughts on what is good/bad about philosophy and why the WTS paints it in such a bad light?