Posts related to Philosophy
27 December 2014 - What Would Impel You to Murder?
What reasons lead a person to deliberately kill another? And what barriers stop us from killing? Authors need to think carefully about the use of murder as a plot point, but everyone benefits by thinking about where their own lines in the sand may blur.
22 December 2014 - An Exercise in Self-Identification
For as salutary as it may be to wrestle with The Big Questions, I think there’s a risk when people cannot answer one very basic question: “Who are you?”
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.