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The Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

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Documentary explores the world of the beloved comic strip and its reclusive creator.

Calvin and Hobbes remind us that philosophy is crucial for human life. What is the good life? How do we experience beauty? And why is there something rather than nothing? By relying solely on its own resources to answer these questions, “scientific progress goes boink.” As Wittgenstein observed,  “We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.”

The young philosopher and his tiger friend remind us what philosophy properly is: Not the starchy, esoteric abstractions of ivory towers, but a very concrete and everyday “love of wisdom” that – like Calvin rushing downhill in his red wagon – leads us full throttle toward the source of all things.

Matthew Becklo is a husband and father-to-be, amateur philosopher, and cultural commentator at Aleteia and Word on Fire. His writing has been featured in First Things, The Dish, and Real Clear Religion.

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