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Think a Degree in Philosophy is Useless? Think Again

Quora | Posted 02.08.2017 | Home
Quora

How would you respond to people who say that a degree in philosophy is useless? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, ...

The Modern Fragmentation of Lives & Identities

David Sze | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
David Sze

I have two groups of friends, and they don't intersect. The first group are my fellow Amherst College alumni--intellectual, career-oriented, hard-wor...

Thoreau is Alive (and Crankier Than Ever) on His 200th Birthday

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Peter Mandel

In a recent piece in the Book Review section of The New York Times ("Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau") John Williams reminds us that "if the air ...

Beauty

Andrea Quintero | Posted 01.16.2017 | Home
Andrea Quintero

Think of a time you found yourself absorbed in the contemplation of some object, or some person. In that moment, did you feel compelled to describe e...

Got Milk?

Malcolm Kushner | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Malcolm Kushner

Milk has had a long and intimate relationship with comedy. And it's much more than just jokes about milk. It's the role that milk plays as a reactio...

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 17: The Greek Way, Chapter 6, Questions 1 & 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Frank Breslin

1. What is Plato's view of Socrates? A more important question would be: Was Plato telling the truth about Socrates? Not the Socrates of legend as ...

A Faint Resemblance

Petros Koublis | Posted 12.11.2016 | Home
Petros Koublis

EDITOR'S NOTE: PLEASE USE THIS IMAGE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA THUMBNAIL http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-12-07-1481114354-5422817-3.jpg "Ethemea" ...

What would Nietzsche Say? The Love of Wisdom in Academic Culture

Mark Schmanko | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home
Mark Schmanko

I'm continually amazed by the insights of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Westworld: Life is Suffering

David Michael Conner | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
David Michael Conner

The First Noble Truth of buddhism holds that "life is suffering." This can be interpreted a few different ways: for many students of buddhism, it gene...

Heart Break

Andrea Quintero | Posted 11.29.2016 | Home
Andrea Quintero

Can a heart really get broken? We often hear this term in reference to the aftermath of a very painful or disappointing experience. Someone either sa...

How To Prevent Another Trump In The Future? Teach Kids Philosophy.

Eldar Sarajlic | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Eldar Sarajlic

How can we mitigate the damage a Trump presidency will inflict on the American society? Can we prevent future Trumps happening again?

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 15: The Greek Way, Chapter 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Frank Breslin

1. How did the geography of Greece affect the Greek character? Does a tough environment make a tough and resilient people? Will a hardscrabble child...

Philosophy is Not Convoluted, It Can Spark Great Conversation

Quora | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Quora

What are some philosophical questions that would make great conversation points? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where co...

How Philosophy Might Rescue Our Polity

David Brendel | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
David Brendel

We in America stand at a moment of great opportunity. We are directly addressing critical issues including healthcare, taxes, immigration, foreign policy, counterterrorism, police and community relations, and second amendment rights. "Voter apathy" has not been a problem this time around.

Chewing on Taste: A Philosophical Reflection

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 10.31.2016 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

If you are reading this article, it is quite safe to assume you may be more or less interested in food, and that at some point you may have reflected ...

The Ecstasy of the Moon

Peter Reynosa | Posted 10.25.2016 | Home
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, photo by Smatprt, 2009 *This is a short story I wrote in 2011 that symbolizes the difficulty and horror and m...

How My Millennial Students Found Their 'Hitchhiker's Guide' to a Secular Age

James K.A. Smith | Posted 11.27.2016 | Home
James K.A. Smith

Charles Taylor will receive the $1 million Berggruen Prize on Dec. 1 at the New York Public Library. When I announced in 2011 that my senior undergra...

Jesus, Fully This And Fully That

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Three hundred years after Jesus left Palestine, Christian leaders held heated debates about his nature, rejecting some ideas about Jesus and finally s...

Nothing Works

Lorri Horn | Posted 10.14.2016 | Home
Lorri Horn

I've spent half a century knocking my head against the wall because I really couldn't accept this basic axiom: nothing works. I keep thinking all of t...

There Is Much To Miss When You Judge By Appearance Alone

Sarah Caroline Bell | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Sarah Caroline Bell

Opposite you, an exhausted-looking man glances at his phone persistently. To your right, a woman glides a slender brush across her eyelids, creating t...

Stepping Into a Strategic Leadership Role: Lessons from Ancient Chinese Philosophy

David Brendel | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
David Brendel

A daunting challenge facing many workers is developing the skills necessary to function as effective managers and strategic leaders.

What You Don't Know About Your Dreams Can Change Everything

Kim Treffinger | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Kim Treffinger

I am finally certain beyond a reason of a doubt that there is much more to reality than we have any idea. And I look forward to seeing the developments in this area. This can change your world view, and who knows where that might lead.

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

Pam Douglas: Life Lines

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 09.21.2016 | Home
Shana Nys Dambrot

Pam Douglas: The Pulse of Our Time Pam Douglas has a nearly alchemical gift for transmogrifying materials beyond their conventional aspects, in the s...

Getting Ready for the High Holidays with Bruce Springsteen

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home
Rabbi David Kalb

On September 14, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band completed the River Tour in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. On August 30th, the Band finished their three-night run at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, in Bruce's beloved home state of New Jersey.