Tag Archives: Philosophy

Interstellar, intentionality, etc.

(Here be spoilers for Interstellar) There were moments in watching Interstellar where I was at the edge of my seat – but not quite in the way that you would expect. These were moments where the movie had the possibility … Continue reading

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A modern paradox

Albert Camus’ essay, The Myth of Sisyphus wrestles with a kind of schizophrenia that emerged out of the Enlightenment. On the one hand, there is the human world of meaning, morality, etc. On the other hand,  the meaningless, mechanical world … Continue reading

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Day 20. T is for Thomism

Thomism refers to the school of theological/philosophical thought that developed out of St. Thomas Aquinas’ work. To a lot of religious folk, Aquinas remains an example of the worst excesses of Roman rationalistic theology – an arrogant and presumptuous attempt … Continue reading

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Two quotes from David Bentley Hart

First: I have never really been able to make myself want to specialize in some very narrow section of one very narrow field of study.  This may be why I was unable as an undergraduate to decide whether I might … Continue reading

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A contemporary Schopenhauer

A prominent jeweller claims to have figured out the key to existence: The academics could be forgiven for never having heard of Summa Metaphysica’s author. But, in fact, he was far from unknown: David Birnbaum is a prominent figure in … Continue reading

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Philosophical diversion

This post is semi-inspired by a brief discussion elsewhere. It was suggested that, given the controversial nature of ethical theories, it is more reasonable to view them as expressions (or ad hoc justifications, I suppose) of subjective preferences until we … Continue reading

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Absolutely disagreeable

Broken Whole: These days, department events and grad student cook-outs are an extended exercise in “I’m okay, you’re okay” collegiality in which our differences remain as muted as possible. At a recent one, one student—after complaining that many contemporary poems … Continue reading

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