IAI Discussion: Authenticity, Reality and Being

Materialist reductionism can leave us with a a cold, detached view of what it means to be a self and this is having implications for law, psychology, meaning, and other social dynamics. Can existential philosophy pull us out of this seeming morass or should we just accept the reality in which we apparently live and figure out how to get on with things?
Materialist reductionism can leave us with a a cold, detached view of what it means to be a self and this is having implications for law, psychology, meaning, and other social dynamics. Can existential philosophy pull us out of this seeming morass or should we just accept the reality in which we apparently live and figure out how to get on with things? [More]

Is “Nothing nothings” true?

In a 1929 lecture, Martin Heidegger argued that the following claim is true: Nothing nothings. In German: “Das Nichts nichtet”. Years later Rudolph Carnap ridiculed this statement as the worst sort
In a 1929 lecture, Martin Heidegger argued that the following claim is true: Nothing nothings. In German: “Das Nichts nichtet”. Years later Rudolph Carnap ridiculed this statement as the worst sort [More]

Our exhausted (first) world: a plea for 21st-century existential philosophy

Consider: a lecture hall of undergraduates, bored and fidgety (and techne-deprived, since I’ve banned computers and devices in class) in distinctive too-cool-for-school Philosophy 101 style.—Ah, but
Consider: a lecture hall of undergraduates, bored and fidgety (and techne-deprived, since I’ve banned computers and devices in class) in distinctive too-cool-for-school Philosophy 101 style.—Ah, but [More]

Steve Jobs and Philosophy

I had the opportunity to contribute a chapter to a book on Steve Jobs in Open Court's "Popular Culture and Philosophy" series. It was a lot of fun! I wrote on the existentialism of Jobs and contrasted it with the more pragmatic mindset of Gates.
I had the opportunity to contribute a chapter to a book on Steve Jobs in Open Court's "Popular Culture and Philosophy" series. It was a lot of fun! I wrote on the existentialism of Jobs and contrasted it with the more pragmatic mindset of Gates. [More]

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]