We like to think of philosophy as a worldview or a quest for truth, but I'd like to offer an alternative view—philosophy is a toolbox. We can pick out some specific philosophy for some specific purpose and use it to fix things. To be clear, this toolbox metaphor is not meant to replace that quest … Continue reading Stoicism in my Toolbox
Philosophical texts are notoriously difficult to read, but the real problem comes when each text calls for a distinct set of skills. By the time you've "cracked the code" to reach that "ah ha" moment with one philosopher, it's time to start all over with another. I'd like to share some of my stumbling blocks … Continue reading Stumbling Blocks in Reading Philosophy
Just another word for nothing left to lose? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn7dKI3fbYg At Jmeqvist, you'll find a great post distinguishing between positive and negative freedom. I'd like elaborate on these to get you good and confused: 1. Negative Freedom. Here I'm quoting Johan at Jmeqvist as he says it so well: "...we are free in so far as external … Continue reading What is Freedom?
I've been trying to think of all the truly philosophical novels I've read, and I must admit, I'm coming up short. Very short. Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is always the first to come to my mind. I consider this truly a philosophical novel as the concepts are illustrated by the story, inextricably integrated: "Why does my action … Continue reading The Philosophical Novel
I've always called myself an agnostic, and I think I really am, in the strictest sense. But there was a time when I wondered if I really should just go ahead and call myself an atheist, if I was being too waffle-y on the matter. I came across an interesting article in the NY Times on … Continue reading Calling All Agnostics…