Browsing the "Philosophy" Tag

Socialism: As American as Apple Pie

March 19th, 2013 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

In 1906, the German sociologist Werner Sombart published an essay called, “Why is there no Socialism in the United States?” in which he


The Worth of Pursuing Happiness

October 4th, 2012 | by Nicole Grinstein

“What Makes Life Worth Living?” reads the banner installed atop the East Hall atrium, still hanging in belated promotion of the Fall


How We Got Here

September 27th, 2012 | by Andrew Eckhous

Let’s play a game of two truths and a lie.  I’m going to tell you three stories, and you need


Signs and Society: Acting Without Thinking

April 12th, 2012 | by SamanthaTritsch

Signs dictate action. If we see a green traffic light, we know that means we can go. If we see


Laws and Basketball

February 2nd, 2012 | by Naomi Scheinerman

Last night, I went to the men’s basketball game against Indiana. I had an amazing time, and we won! Attending


Free Will vs. Neuroscience

November 16th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

If you haven’t already, check out Eddy Nahmias’ recent New York Times op-ed “Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will?.”  Basically, Nahmias


Carnivorous Thoughts, Part I

November 10th, 2011 | by Naomi Scheinerman

I recently read “Eating Animals”, a beautifully written narrative by Jonathan Safron Foer in which he engages in a pseudo-investigative


The Real Truth of Truth and Reality

October 19th, 2011 | by Naomi Scheinerman

I was recently marked down on a paper for using the term “reality” instead of “truth.” The point here is not to complain about losing points but search for the practical implications of the differences and similarities between these two terms as I ponder how to approach this subject with my


Gilad Shalit Exchange

October 13th, 2011 | by Lauren Opatowski

A trolley is hurtling down the tracks. There are five workers on the track ahead of the trolley, and they will definitely be killed if the trolley continues going straight ahead ....There is a spur of track leading off to the side where another person is working. ...If you pull the switch, the one worker will surely be killed. What should you do


The Wonders of Metaphorical Thinking

April 7th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

...we use implicitly or explicitly metaphorical language to talk about pretty much everything, but the metaphors we use aren’t always analogous to the situations we apply them to. This can screw with our logic, often with bizarre and fascinating results


Liberalism and Conservatism

March 24th, 2011 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Michael DeDora over at Rationally Speaking has a pretty interesting post about the essential differences between liberalism and conservatism, and he focuses


What Makes Life Worth Living?

December 13th, 2010 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Last week The Stone ran a piece by Sean Kelly on nihilism and how we deal with it. Besides fitting


Risk and the Good Life

December 2nd, 2010 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

In my recent adventures in the series of tubes, I keep coming across the idea that risk is essential to


Autism & Philosophy

November 22nd, 2010 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

Last night I read one of the best essays that the NYT’s current philosophy column, The Stone, has produced to


Pure Altruism Is Possible

November 1st, 2010 | by Aaron Bekemeyer

I don’t know how I missed it, but the NYT philosophy column The Stone ran perhaps its best piece to date a couple



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