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Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek contends it is not philosophy’s purpose to ask the big questions: What is freedom? What is liberty? Philosophy’s purpose is to turn such questions on their heads and rephrase them. What do you mean when you say, “I want to be free,” “I want liberty,” etc. City Weekly asked Tiffany Godrey, an operations manager for Wells Fargo, what she thought of this notion of philosophy:



I don’t think philosophy is without merit. But each culture defines ideas in different ways. Abstract concepts like “love” and “evil” mean different things depending upon how such ideas are used in real life. If you say Hitler is evil, does that mean the same thing as our concept, our idea of evil?