The Arab Spring: For Locke’s Eyes Only

The Arab Spring raises numerous issues in political philosophy such as the justification of the state, the nature of the state, and the role of the state, liberty, and property. All of these concepts are evident in these monumental series of events. Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques-Rousseau are believed to be the foremost political philosophers of Western Civilization. However, the 17th century British philosopher, John Locke, holds a special place in American political thought. [More]

Listening to the Universe

The world demands a conversation. Enjoying life, even (maybe particularly) as a philosopher, requires give and take, a yielding of some control, an ability to let go and follow instead of lead.
The world demands a conversation. Enjoying life, even (maybe particularly) as a philosopher, requires give and take, a yielding of some control, an ability to let go and follow instead of lead. [More]

Becoming a Better Knower

Philosophers have been been trying to better understand how knowledge works for centuries. Progress has been slow and comes in fits and starts but it does come. Every so often new philosophical innovations shed light on intractable problems and things move forward. Dr. Jason Baehr is a philosopher who may be at the cusp of one of those innovations working in the field of virtue epistemology that attempts to focus on the role and attitudes of the knower in the knowledge game. [More]

Isn’t Logic Great?

Rick Pimentel considers the practical aspect of logic and the dangers of reasoning fallaciously. We tend think philosophy is abstract and doesn't apply to real life. Rick argues that this isn't always the case.
Rick Pimentel considers the practical aspect of logic and the dangers of reasoning fallaciously. We tend think philosophy is abstract and doesn't apply to real life. Rick argues that this isn't always the case. [More]

Interview with Alvin Plantinga on Where the Conflict Really Lies

This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict.
This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict. [More]

Ballot Box Epistemology

Many voters form beliefs about candidates based not on any substantive arguments but on the rhetorical power of the candidate. While rhetoric has an important role to play in belief formation, rhetoric without a substantial foundation can be disastrous. This is particularly true when electing national leaders.
Many voters form beliefs about candidates based not on any substantive arguments but on the rhetorical power of the candidate. While rhetoric has an important role to play in belief formation, rhetoric without a substantial foundation can be disastrous. This is particularly true when electing national leaders. [More]

The Malleability of Language

Two co-workers of mine have had a years-long debate over the proper meaning of the phrase, “lion’s share.” One colleague argued that the phrase referred to the entirety of something. Her opponent, referring to dictionaries and the like, argued that while the phrase may have had that meaning in the past, common usage no longer warrants that meaning: “lion’s share” now refers to the largest part or portion. [More]

Occupying Main Street

Margin Call, a new movie by writer and director J.C. Chandor is a story about a large investment bank that takes place during the 24 hours preceding the 2008 meltdown. The bankers are both the victims and the administrators of the collapse and the philosophical interest is found just in this space between these two.
Margin Call, a new movie by writer and director J.C. Chandor is a story about a large investment bank that takes place during the 24 hours preceding the 2008 meltdown. The bankers are both the victims and the administrators of the collapse and the philosophical interest is found just in this space between these two. [More]

What is Knowledge?

What does it mean to truly know something? This popular article explores that question.
What does it mean to truly know something? This popular article explores that question. [More]

The Adjustment Bureau and Free Will

Movies are an excellent vehicle for illustrating philosophy. Whether it is the deontological ethics of The Lord of the Rings or the metaphysics of The Matrix, you can glean philosophical insight from just about any movie. When it comes to the concept of free will, The Adjustment Bureau is among recent big screen film to tackle this subject.
Movies are an excellent vehicle for illustrating philosophy. Whether it is the deontological ethics of The Lord of the Rings or the metaphysics of The Matrix, you can glean philosophical insight from just about any movie. When it comes to the concept of free will, The Adjustment Bureau is among recent big screen film to tackle this subject. [More]