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The Daily Owl 3-18-2014
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.

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The Lonely Philosopher
We might nonetheless explore the public image of the philosopher for curiosity’s sake. Atop his many perceived qualities sits his isolation from his scholarly brethren; we appear to conceive of him somehow distanced from the scientist, the historian, and the poet. This disparity is for some based in philosophy’s purported lack of substance, manifest in its scholars’ deficiency in anything by the way of economic utility.
On Sergeant Bergdahl (with Insights from Tolstoy)
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban under disputed circumstances and recently was traded for five Taliban detainees. How will his military brothers respond to his return? Insider Kelly Perez examines this question from the position of the solider and attempts to provide some insight with some help from Leo Tolstoy.
Authenticity and Bad Faith: Existentialism in True Detective
Existentialism has always been very bipolar; it can be as freeing and liberating as it is cold and unforgiving and the HBO series, True Detectives illustrates this tension with a subtle expertise rarely seen in popular media. The show brilliantly explores the angst and despair by constructing a partnership between two detectives, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), who are tasked with solving a ritualistic murder case in the deep south of Louisiana.

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The Objects of Thought
2014.07.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Crane, The Objects of Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013, 182pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682744.   Reviewed by
An approach to modern music
Joe Queenan, who has attended roughly 1,000 classical music concerts, offers a warning: Beware the savage, conscienceless, blue-haired ladies…
In Tolkien’s shadow
The Tolkien problem. Hobbits and dragons dominate the popular imagination. The result: We’ve lost sight of actual Medieval history?…
Indian Buddhist Philosophy
2014.07.31 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amber Carpenter, Indian Buddhist Philosophy, Acumen, 2014, 313pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781844652983. Reviewed by Christopher

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altUnlocking the Tension Between Faith and Reason
Essays that explore the relationship between faith and reason, religion and science, existentialism and rationality, the good and the bad – a rose by any other name . . .


altThe Gettier Problem: A Study 
In this series, Paul looks at the seemingly intractable “Gettier Problem” and proposes that we focus on the belief condition as a way to solve it. 

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Essays on important philosophical topics written in a way that even philosophers can understand. Hosted by Richard Pimentel.

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Classic PNS essays on current events in philosophy. Since these are about the past, perhaps this feature should be called “What Happened in Philosophy.”


First, Philosophy

2606-Jenn-1x1-125pxWhat is Philosophy? In this article, we take a stab at describing what philosophy is and what philosophers do. Our goal is to give a brief primer on the topic for those who aren’t quite sure what this abstract discipline is all about.

Stylized_EyeThe Value of Philosophy. If you’ve never studied philosophy before, you may not be quite sure why you should. In this article I explain why philosophy has been so important to me and how it is a critical discipline for any of us who cares about the life of the mind.

Grunge_Knowledge_sm What is Knowledge? Knowledge is at the root of many challenges we face in a given day. Once you get past basic survival, we’re confronted with knowledge issues on almost every front. We make knowledge decisions all day, every day and some of those decisions deeply impact our lives and the lives of those around us.


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