IAI Video: The Limits of Logic

Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness?
Logicians don't rule the world or get the most done. Could it be that a consistent world view is neither desirable nor achievable? If we abandon the straightjacket of rationality might this lead to a more powerful and exciting future, or is it a heresy that leads to madness? [More]

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. [More]

Why Seek the Good?

By studying moral philosophy, hopefully we explore ideas longing that the end result will lead us to truth, justice, and the Good.
By studying moral philosophy, hopefully we explore ideas longing that the end result will lead us to truth, justice, and the Good. [More]

Review of Caputo’s Philosophy in Transit

Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing.
Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing. [More]

The Daily Owl 1-15-2014

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. (Malraux)
The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. (Malraux) [More]

Philosophy is Authenticity Wrapped in Awe

Philosophy is not just about arguments and debates, and cranky professors with pipes and unkempt mustaches. Philosophy is the key to unlocking the shackles that smother your curiosity, your wonderment, and your sense of self.
Philosophy is not just about arguments and debates, and cranky professors with pipes and unkempt mustaches. Philosophy is the key to unlocking the shackles that smother your curiosity, your wonderment, and your sense of self. [More]

The Daily Owl 10-9-2013

"We do not regard our actions and our characters merely as fortunate or unfortunate episodes--thought they may also be that. We cannot simply take an external evaluative view of ourselves--of what we most essentially are and what we do. Those acts remain ours and we remain ourselves, despite the persuasiveness of the reasons that seem to argue us out of existence. (Nagel)
"We do not regard our actions and our characters merely as fortunate or unfortunate episodes--thought they may also be that. We cannot simply take an external evaluative view of ourselves--of what we most essentially are and what we do. Those acts remain ours and we remain ourselves, despite the persuasiveness of the reasons that seem to argue us out of existence. (Nagel) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-26-2013

I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it. (Wright)
I have an existential map. It has 'You are here' written all over it. (Wright) [More]

Program in Existential Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology

Annoucement: program in existential psychoanalysis and phenomenology at the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute of Seattle
Annoucement: program in existential psychoanalysis and phenomenology at the Existential Psychoanalytic Institute of Seattle [More]