Philosopher in an Iranian prison

“Why do you have so many Jewish friends?” the interrogator asked. Chomsky, Berlin, Steiner: How to explain? Surviving an Iranian prison…
“Why do you have so many Jewish friends?” the interrogator asked. Chomsky, Berlin, Steiner: How to explain? Surviving an Iranian prison… [More]

Should We Be Thinking About "Grand Ideas"?

Have you ever tried to bring up a philosophical "big idea" at a party and had those around you, glasses largely full, politely excuse themselves for another drink? People who think about grand theories are, many times, relegated to the same class as conspiracy theorists or astrologists: amusing but not those who should be taken seriously.
Have you ever tried to bring up a philosophical "big idea" at a party and had those around you, glasses largely full, politely excuse themselves for another drink? People who think about grand theories are, many times, relegated to the same class as conspiracy theorists or astrologists: amusing but not those who should be taken seriously. [More]

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. [More]

Pronouncements of the Scumbag Analytic Philosopher

All the collected sayings and properties of the Scumbag Anaytic Philosopher. Is there a saying or property missing? Create your own!
All the collected sayings and properties of the Scumbag Anaytic Philosopher. Is there a saying or property missing? Create your own! [More]

Leontion: The Lost Woman Philosopher

Who was this brash, intelligent, ancient philosopher Leontion? We do know she was a woman that garnered both respect and vitriol from her peers. Epicurus praised her. Cicero disapproved. If we only knew why.
Who was this brash, intelligent, ancient philosopher Leontion? We do know she was a woman that garnered both respect and vitriol from her peers. Epicurus praised her. Cicero disapproved. If we only knew why. [More]

Playing with Plato

Science produces discoveries every day. But virtually every scientific area of inquiry began with a question or an insight from a philosopher…
Science produces discoveries every day. But virtually every scientific area of inquiry began with a question or an insight from a philosopher… [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part IV

Bertrand Russell may have learned at the end of his life something that may have given him more peace and identity had he learned it earlier. His seeming inability to maintain a solid, loving relationship with a single woman was a symptom of a much more significant issue. By looking at his life, we possibly can save our own.
Bertrand Russell may have learned at the end of his life something that may have given him more peace and identity had he learned it earlier. His seeming inability to maintain a solid, loving relationship with a single woman was a symptom of a much more significant issue. By looking at his life, we possibly can save our own. [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part III

As Bertrand Russell moved from relationship to relationship, Russell eased into old age with Edith, his fourth wife and something with whom he experienced 'great happiness.' During this time, something appears to have changed in his temperment as well--a mellowness and comfort with life. Did his relationship with Edith help him finally discover something he sought all his life? [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part I

Russell springs to mind hunched over a cluttered bureau, suckling the temples of his spectacles in deep coitus with a battered tome, caring not for what might lie beyond its pages. This image is not, however, entirely accurate; he was not so musty and desolate in the way of his pigeonhole. He is remembered grandly as a philosopher, a mathematician, a revolutionary—but by no means least as a philanderer. [More]

What Can Be Learned from Bertrand Russell’s Life as a Philanderer? Part II

This second of four articles on Bertrand Russell's relationship with women surveys some of the relationships Russell had with women icnluding Ottoline Morrell, Dora Black, and Constance Malleson. His relationships provide an interesting and provacative insight into his complex personality.
This second of four articles on Bertrand Russell's relationship with women surveys some of the relationships Russell had with women icnluding Ottoline Morrell, Dora Black, and Constance Malleson. His relationships provide an interesting and provacative insight into his complex personality. [More]