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Immanuel Kant

Our Epistemological Crisis

Laura Rediehs | Posted 05.13.2017 | Science
Laura Rediehs

Several essays ago, I mentioned that we are in an epistemological crisis, and I promised further discussion in future essays. In case you have been e...

A Whimsical Look at Fallacies: Appeal to Authority -- Part 2: A Nuanced Guide to Authorities

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.12.2017 | Education
Frank Breslin

As you doubtless have realized by now, the questions that ended Part 1 of this series have never been answered in 25 centuries of Western philosophy....

Berlinale: The Best and Wurst of It

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.18.2017 | Entertainment
James Marshall Crotty

The Berlinale is widely considered - along with Venice, Cannes, Sundance and Toronto - among the five most important film festivals on earth.

Israel's Occupation Is Morally Indefensible

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.10.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu's assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel's national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds.

The Common Good

William Kenower | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
William Kenower

My father had a very satisfying epiphany recently. It was fifty years in the making, but well worth the wait. He had studied a little philosophy as an undergraduate, where he had read about Immanuel Kant's "categorical imperative."

On the Law of the Jungle

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Yara Zgheib

We cannot separate our dignity from that of other creatures. It is just as intrinsically linked to that of the starving poachers of Zimbabwe as it is to that of the animals they are poaching. If we really do have intrinsic individual worth, its value ought to be greater than any mantelpiece trophy.

Why Relationships Deserve More Than a Cost-Benefit Analysis

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 04.06.2015 | College
Alexandra Villarreal

I see relationships as a chain. We're all linked to one another. If we've met, we have a relationship, albeit a fairly shallow one. I'm young, so I don't really know, but from what my parents have told me, that chain used to mean something.

How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

Future Bernie Madoff, Meet Immanuel Kant

Jay Halfond | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Jay Halfond

Ethics is about actions -- not what we say, but what we do -- often in the heat of the moment, in opportunities that can further our cause even at the expense of others, and vulnerable to the pressures around us.

Wholonics: The Structure and Dynamics of Wholeness

Jeff DeGraff | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Jeff DeGraff

In an effort to better understand how we grow into wholeness, we must first understand how our world is becoming complete, and how we fit, or don't fit, with these dynamics.

Respect: The Cardinal Virtue For a Campus Community

Grant Cornwell | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Grant Cornwell

What does it mean to treat other persons as ends-in-themselves and never merely as means? Well, the central idea is that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, that in all of our interactions, even with those with whom we disagree, or whom we don't like, or who may even disgust us in some way, we must engage them in ways that recognize their humanity.

The Importance of Existence: the Natural and the Supernatural

Connor Ryan | Posted 11.09.2013 | Arts
Connor Ryan

The claim that something is, is to claim that something can be. To say that there is an is, is to say that it is possible to exist. Therefore in the p...

Starry Starry Night

Mario Livio | Posted 09.01.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

There is very little doubt that even with all of our advances in deciphering the cosmos and its workings, the romantic appeal of the stars will continue to enthrall us for generations to come.

License To Philosophize, Sinatra-style

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

When you reach a certain age and no longer have a job where large numbers of people are incentivized to laugh at your jokes, moments arise when you wo...

To the Birthday Boys and Girls of April 22

James Heffernan | Posted 06.22.2013 | Weird News
James Heffernan

Here's a little toast to the birthday boys and girls of April 22

Who's Got It Right About the European Union: David Cameron or Alfred Nobel?

Tad Daley | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Tad Daley

Since everything else -- our economies, our communications, our single planetary environment -- succumbs more completely to globalization every day, shouldn't we eventually bring about a complete globalization of our structures of governance as well?

A Drug-Maker's Ethical 'Mistakes'

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 10.06.2012 | Business
Dana Radcliffe

Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo made profits in ways that manipulated the choices of doctors and sometimes resulted in patients' being subjected to significant risks without their informed consent.

Is That All There Is? Conversion, Recursion And Excursion

Dimitri Hamlin | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Dimitri Hamlin

Conversion describes the gathering of the present; it is the unity of the present with the modes of being past and future.

What Is Death?

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Reality is observer-determined -- it's a spatio-temporal process, which fortunately, means that things must change.

Davos 2011: Immanuel Kant, 21st Century CEO

Kari Stoever | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kari Stoever

What if we redefined the stakeholder as the consumer, the human being at the receiving end of every decision a CEO is forced to make?

Could This Theory Provide A Glimpse Of Our Ultimate Destiny?

Robert Lanza, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Lanza, M.D.

Have you ever wondered what it's really all about? How does this little life of ours fits into the larger picture -- into a reality so huge the Universe itself is but a speck?

Book Sex

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jan Herman

Kant was also born in 1724, a coincidence not lost on Editions Silverbridge, the publisher of Birth of the Cunt. The video was recorded Nov. 5, 2010, ...

Kant on the Campaign Trail

Tom Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Silva

As election season nears, we once again find ourselves in the hot zone of political rhetoric and cable-news hysterics. Many of you will remember the ...

Israel and the Flotilla: On the Dangers of a Binary View

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

When will we understand that Israel's security problem is everyone's security problem, that a threatened Jew is a threatened Muslim?