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The Daily Owl 1-5-2018
The most effective people are introverts who are extroverted in small groups of people. Or very large ones.

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When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy
I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same.
What is Truth?
The question, "what is truth?" is as old as recorded time and one still worth asking. This article explores this question and provides some common responses as well as looking at recent developments.
Seize the New Year
I know themes of “self-actualization” and “authenticity” have turned into pop-psychological nonsense in recent days but the nonsense is a bastardization of ideas that are not only sensical but essential, I think, for human thriving. In this passage, Frankfurt briefly unpacks Baruch Spinoza’s idea of love and joy as a catalyst for determining how we ought to orient our lives.

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Sociobiology
[Revised entry by Catherine Driscoll on January 16, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The term 'sociobiology' was introduced in E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (1975) as
Fire and Fury shows that the political and moral problem of this president — a "real-life fictional character" — is also a literary problem: How to get below the surface of a man who is all surface
Fire and Fury shows that the political and moral problem of this president — a "real-life fictional character" — is also a literary problem: How to get below the surface of a man who is
The loves of Mary Shelley. Her husband was openly hostile to her. After his death, she was intimate with several women. Her sexual orientation was clear, perhaps even to herself
The loves of Mary Shelley. Her husband was openly hostile to her. After his death, she was intimate with several women. Her sexual orientation was clear, perhaps even to
Nature and Experience: Phenomenology and the Environment
2018.01.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Bryan E. Bannon (ed.), Nature and Experience: Phenomenology and the Environment, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 242 pp., $127.00

Features

alt Philosophy Graduate Placement Reports
Data on how philosophy majors place in jobs after they graduate. Reports cover MA as well as Ph.D. graduates.


Unlocking the Tension Between Faith and Reason
Essays that explore the relationship between faith and reason, religion and science, existentialism and rationality, the good and the bad – a rose by any other name . . .


The Gettier Problem: A Study  
In this series, Paul looks at the seemingly intractable “Gettier Problem” and proposes that we focus on the belief condition as a way to solve it. 

Table Talk
Essays on important philosophical topics written in a way that even philosophers can understand. Hosted by Richard Pimentel.

What’s Happening in Philosophy
Classic PNS essays on current events in philosophy. Since these are about the past, perhaps this feature should be called “What Happened in Philosophy.”


First, Philosophy

2606-Jenn-1x1-125px What is Philosophy? In this article, we take a stab at describing what philosophy is and what philosophers do. Our goal is to give a brief primer on the topic for those who aren’t quite sure what this abstract discipline is all about.

Stylized_Eye The Value of Philosophy. If you’ve never studied philosophy before, you may not be quite sure why you should. In this article I explain why philosophy has been so important to me and how it is a critical discipline for any of us who cares about the life of the mind.

Grunge_Knowledge_sm What is Knowledge? Knowledge is at the root of many challenges we face in a given day. Once you get past basic survival, we’re confronted with knowledge issues on almost every front. We make knowledge decisions all day, every day and some of those decisions deeply impact our lives and the lives of those around us.

 

image What is Truth? The question, "what is truth?" is as old as recorded time and one still worth asking. This article explores this question and provides some common responses as well as looking at recent developments.


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