We are Sarah and Chrissy, the voice behind Johanna de Silentio, your friendly neighborhood Thought Catalog contributor. We both have degrees in philosophy and live in Minneapolis where we started the blog Philolzophy three years ago when we wondered whether anyone else in the world emailed back and forth all day about Kierkegaard and Kim Kardashian.
We wrote a book. It’s called PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses. You can buy it here.
Our friend described this as: If you wished that Chuck Klosterman was a girl who liked nail polish and talking about Paris Hilton while drinking Karkov, you would like this book.
We write because we are trying to prove our hypothesis that if you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations — you don’t need to be spoonfed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you’re already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. We know you can do something more interesting with your brain than talk about dead white guys.
More than making funny jokes or ranting about our love lives, writing PhiLOLZophy has been a deeply spiritual experience. It feels like no one else on the planet writes about philosophy like this, which makes people who have a heart and a brain feel like fucking aliens. It shouldn’t make you feel weird, it should feel like the most natural thing in the world to use all the parts of yourself to think about stuff. Typically when people try to do philosophy for non-philosophers they end up with Philosophy of Twilight Breaking Dawn Part I. Which is contrived and still has nothing to do with reality. We’ve never tried to dumb philosophy down, we’re trying to say it’s okay to be a person who thinks about philosophy and likes Ke$ha.
I think people who are very smart have a hard time reconciling their intellect with the fact that they also have a life and exist in a human body and aren’t robots who only make decisions based on logic. If you’re both of these things, we wrote this for you.