Monthly Archives: August 2013

Plato is not impressed

One of the more interesting discussions I had with my class this week concerned a little quote I pulled from somewhere in Plato’s Republic: Human affairs aren’t worth taking very seriously. The quote is classic Plato, or at least it … Continue reading

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67% of you will not finish reading this

In my best imitation of a philosopher, allow me to remind you of what you already know: for thinking well ethically–whether publicly or privately–you need more than just statistics. It is a lesson of which I am reminded periodically, usually … Continue reading

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Why no one listens to you

As I often note, only rarely does philosophy have any practical value. Mostly, philosophy is what you do when you have few practical concerns–perhaps because you are a rich gentleman of ancient Athens or a modern-day tenured professor, or perhaps … Continue reading

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