Posts related to Philosophy
26 May 2014 - Epochs, Ideology and the Things That Matter
I want conservatives, in particular, to advance a coherent framework that tells me what kind of America we aspire to in the year 2114. Don’t recite policy — recite the principles that policy will be shaped by.
04 May 2014 - Donald Sterling and the Consequences of Disallowed Opinions
There’s an increasingly virulent strain of moral absolutism afoot in contemporary political discourse. It’s not isolated to the Left or the Right. Rather, it infests the entire debate. This absolutism casts people with whom we disagree not just as errant, but as inferior — as not deserving of basic human dignity and to whom no quarter shall be offered.
09 April 2014 - What Does a Well-Educated Person Really Need to Know?
Are there certain skills, knowledge or experience that an ordinary person ought to know, to increase his odds of success over the long haul? I think there are, and these bits of knowledge can usefully be presented in six increasingly broad categories.
18 August 2013 - The Value of a Degree in Philosophy
A philosopher is trained in logic, taxonomy and metaphysics. We seek the assumption behind the question, and we try to both distill individual points into autonomous data points, and then reintegrate them into a coherent whole. We understand which conclusions are valid and which aren’t by virtue of experience in both formal and informal logic. In short: A philosopher knows how to think.
11 August 2013 - The Absence of Presence
Without a sense of presence — rooted in “the fierce urgency of now” — we become our own worst saboteurs.
16 June 2013 - Wisdom and The Law
We break laws with impunity when we think we understand the law’s purpose and decide that some other, higher, purpose ought to trump.
10 February 2013 - Inching Toward Cynicism
I’m not a negative person by disposition, but when I see the same people making the same mistakes and pretending that happy thoughts will conquer all, then … I’m left to doubt whether they really understand what the heck is really going on.
13 January 2013 - Wisdom, Properly Understood
Only a jackass thinks himself better than someone else because he’s got more book smarts or better practical skills or is more suave in a social setting.
02 December 2012 - Of Bread, Circuses and Ovaries
The 99 percent. The 47 percent. Sandra Fluke. Cardinal Dolan versus Secretary Sebelius. Single women giving 68 percent of their vote to Barack Obama. Each of these talking points waltzes around a thorny problem for American governance: The challenge of entitlement reform in a culture with far too many fallen soldiers in its “little platoons.”
11 November 2012 - Post-Election Reflection: 10 Ideas for Conservative Renewal
I think right now, the GOP has ample opportunity to fine-tune its operations and re-think some pernicious policy preferences that don’t really belong to conservatism.