Video of van Inwagen-de Sousa Debate

I have just posted a video of a debate between Peter van Inwagen and Ronald de Sousa that took place in Toronto on March 6th, 2015. The video can be viewed at: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html. The
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I have just posted a video of a debate between Peter van Inwagen and Ronald de Sousa that took place in Toronto on March 6th, 2015. The video can be viewed at: www.ryerson.ca/~kraay/theism.html. The topic was: “What Difference Would (or Does) God’s Existence Make?”

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The University as a Money Funnel

View image | gettyimages.com One serious problem with American higher education is that the cost of a four-year degree is higher than ever—even when adjusting for inflation. The causes of this
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View image | gettyimages.com One serious problem with American higher education is that the cost of a four-year degree is higher than ever—even when adjusting for inflation. The causes of this increase are well known and well understood—there is no mystery about this. One contributing factor is that universities tend to spend considerable money on facilities that are not connected to education. Critics like to, for example, point out that some universities spend millions on luxurious fitness facilities. These sort of expenditures are ironic (and stupid) given that education funding has been consistently reduced across the United States. To use the obvious analogy, this would be like a family putting in a pool, spa, and exercise room when they do not have enough money to pay for their actual necessities. What seems to be the major factor contributing to costs is the ever-expanding administrative class at universities. This expansion occurs in terms of both individual salaries and. . .

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Honor, History, and Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II

2015.03.42 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Darwall, Honor, History, and Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II, Oxford University Press, 2013, 285pp.,
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2015.03.42 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Darwall, Honor, History, and Relationship: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics II, Oxford University Press, 2013, 285pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199662616. Reviewed by D. Justin Coates, University of Houston Opening his review of the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St., Lenny Kaye writes: There are songs that are better, there are songs that are worse, there are songs that'll become your favorites and others you'll probably lift the needle for when their time is due. But in the end, Exile on Main Street spends its four sides shading the same song in as many variations as there are Rolling Stone readymades to fill them, and if on the one hand they prove the group's eternal constancy and appeal, it's on the other that you can leave the album and still feel vaguely unsatisfied.[1] Given the enduring critical acclaim that Exile has received in the subsequent four decades, this might seem like a weak... . . .

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Music and perception of time

Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught
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Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught up…more»

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On Lionel Trilling

“I am ashamed of being in a university,” said Lionel Trilling. “I have one of the great reputations in the academic world. This thought makes me retch”…
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“I am ashamed of being in a university,” said Lionel Trilling. “I have one of the great reputations in the academic world. This thought makes me retch”… more»

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On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue

2015.03.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kleinig, On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2014, 315pp., $35.00
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2015.03.41 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kleinig, On Loyalty and Loyalties: The Contours of a Problematic Virtue, Oxford University Press, 2014, 315pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780199371266. Reviewed by Simon Keller, Victoria University of Wellington John Kleinig's book is a thoughtful and thorough examination of loyalty and its ethical significance. It presents an original account of loyalty's place among the virtues and insightful discussions of several difficult questions on which considerations of loyalty bear, ranging across professional and applied ethics and social and political philosophy. In the first half of the book, Kleinig presents a cautiously positive picture of the ethics of loyalty. He argues that loyalty is a genuine virtue, but a problematic virtue: loyalty is essential for good human social life, but susceptible to abuse and in special need of restraint and guidance by the other virtues. In the second half of the book, Kleinig. . .

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Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, obsessed by young girls, photographed them dressed as princesses, or beggars, or naked. How to discern between playful and predatory?…
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Lewis Carroll, obsessed by young girls, photographed them dressed as princesses, or beggars, or naked. How to discern between playful and predatory?… more»

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On Philip Glass

Since 1976, Philip Glass has composed 10 symphonies and six string quartets – all excruciatingly boring. But no one should doubt his historical significance…
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Since 1976, Philip Glass has composed 10 symphonies and six string quartets – all excruciatingly boring. But no one should doubt his historical significance… more»

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Meaning of skyscrapers

The Quill, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, the Shard: Skyscrapers attract strange nicknames to go with outlandish
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The Quill, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, the Shard: Skyscrapers attract strange nicknames to go with outlandish analyses…more»

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Intellectual origins of evolution

Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?…
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Alfred Russel Wallace and his notebook traveled some 14,000 miles, accumulating evidence of natural selection. Does Darwin get too much credit?… more»

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