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Nature and Travel

When Nature Demands We Take Notice

There are some things in nature that evoke within us a feeling we have termed awe. Perhaps this is a poor word to express the reaction we have inside ourselves when we encounter such a thing, but it is the word we have. It is a word that attempts to give a voice to that […]

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Ethics and Morality

The Life I Can Save: Helping Alleviate Global Poverty and Human Suffering

Last semester I mentioned to my students that I believe one of the purposes of philosophy is to unsettle us. I then offered the age-old example of Socrates who likened himself to a type of biting fly that arouses a sluggish horse to action through irritation and pain. I then mentioned the philosopher Peter Singer, […]

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Blackwell's Philosophy in the Bookshop
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Being and Existence

Finding a Place Called Home

While recently finishing the intriguing book Galileo’s Error by Philip Goff, I was reminded of an interview with the author and Philip Pullman as part of the Philosophy in the Bookshop series hosted by Nigel Warburton. This monthly event takes place in the Norrington Room at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, England.  While watching the YouTube video, […]

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Jean-Paul Sartre Working
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How To Live

Freedom and Responsibility (and Donuts) According to Jean-Paul Sartre

When I was growing up, a common refrain heard on the elementary school playground was: “I can do what I want. It’s a free county.” This was a frustrating argument my fourth grade brain knew on some level was not true, yet it was used to justify all kinds of nefarious school yard abuses.  “It’s […]

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Miguel de Unamuno on Love
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Metaphysics
Religion and Spirituality

From Where Does Love Originate? Miguel de Unamuno Believed It to Be Shared Suffering and Pity

From where does love originate? Many thinkers have attempted to pin down its cause, but whether it be romantic or platonic, from where love originates remains elusive and amorphous. In one of the most beautiful descriptions of love, Michel de Montaigne left the cause of his friendship with Étienne de La Boétie firmly in the […]

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Metaphysics

Homescapes Raises the Question of Why We Do the Things We Do

I have been playing this phone game called Homescapes by the company Playrix which has caused me to think of how, in some ways, it brings to light issues related to why we do the things we do and the nature of reality.  The premise of the game is that you are trying to help […]

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How To Live

Ritual Is the Husk of Faith and Loyalty

How much more rich would our relationships be
if they were based in goodness or kindness rather than justice or, even worse, dogmatic behavior which only can lead to chaos?

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Being and Existence
Metaphysics

John O’Donohue on the Mystery and Wonder of Existence

Embrace the mystery and wonder of existence by acknowledging the immensity that is inside of you.

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