Henrik Sherling’s Classroom
Director of Studies
I help my students with philosophy.
The best place to start, if you are entirely new to philosophy, is probably Thomas Nagel’s What Does It All Mean – but make sure to bring a questioning attitude to it. If you don’t understand something, that might be because it is wrong – try to figure out why. For students who are more versed in philosophy, almost any philosophical text or book is a good starting point, so long as you’re willing to read it twice, and carefully.
I grew up in Stavanger – a small town on the west coast of Norway. It’s pretty cold and wet up there, but it’s a beautiful and serene. When I was 19, I moved to Berkeley to study physics. It didn’t take me long to discover that the laboratory and I would never quite get along – and least not as well as I get along with theory. Around the same time I was re-introduced to philosophy, which I fell in love with. On top of that, I faced the unfortunate fate of a declining exchange rate, making my loan in my home currency worth very little in US dollars. So, after a year at UC Berkeley, I moved to London – the place I now call home – to do both physics and philosophy at the same time.
London, United Kingdom