Philosophy Can Change Your Life

Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world.
Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]

IAI Video: Thinking the Unthinkable

A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere?
A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere? [More]

Aptness entails safety

Ernest Sosa had two big ideas about knowledge: In papers like “How to Defeat Opposition to Moore” (Philosophical Perspectives 1999), he argued that knowledge requires safety: for my belief in p to
Ernest Sosa had two big ideas about knowledge: In papers like “How to Defeat Opposition to Moore” (Philosophical Perspectives 1999), he argued that knowledge requires safety: for my belief in p to [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]

Kant by Any Other Name?

Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head.
Neo-Kantianism? Biocentrism, a theory by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman attempts to turn cosmology on it's head. [More]

Beyond Logic: Why Do We Disagree?

A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple.
A recent paper by Helen de Cruz talks about why two educated people who are exposed to the same evidence disagree on the conclusion of an argument. The reasons aren't all that simple. [More]

The Daily Owl 10-10-2013

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) [More]

The Daily (Guest) Owl 9-29-2013

I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes)
I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes) [More]