Category Archives: Philosophy

Waldo Jaquith: Warren Olney is emblematic of what’s wrong with modern journalism.

A very fair point, and something that is difficult to ascertain for the listener: On the January 1, 2010 episode of the show, the featured topic was Barbara Ehrenreich’s newest book, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has … Continue reading

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The Feast Day of St. Thomas More

“Most would understand the phrase that the mind of More was like a diamond that a tyrant threw away into a ditch, because he could not break it.” — G.K. Chesterton Today is the feast day of St. Thomas More, … Continue reading

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The Stone: Subjectivity and the Pitfalls of ‘Rational Choice Philosophy’

Ever since I picked up Alexander Schuessler’s A Logic of Expressive Choice, I have been a rabid opponent of rational choice theory in favor of this alternative method — which for one reason or another, has yet to seriously pick … Continue reading

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Curiosity in Philosophy

For those with a more philosophical bend, the New York Times as re-started their philosophy column/blog entitled The Stone.  To kick things off, Justin E.H. Smith asks whether specialization to the exclusion of curiosity is really all that beneficial a … Continue reading

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“Death to the Machines!”

I was introduced to the movie Metropolis by a very close friend of mine, and I have to admit the 1927 Fritz Lang classic has become one of my favorite movies of all time. The script was written by Thea … Continue reading

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Governor McDonnell on Federalism

I’ve always preferred the role of Vice President as the philosopher-king, the one who constantly speaks to the nations conscience rather than merely being the president’s hatchetman. McDonnell seems to be angling for just that role… despite not truly “angling” … Continue reading

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Burke vs. Aquinas

It all started with this dumb comment from Eric Fuller, one of the victims of the shooter in Tuscon, given to Democracy NOW and picked up by Politico: “Their [Sarah Palin, Glen Beck and John Boehner] wish for Second Amendment … Continue reading

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Library Bars

Yes, Virginia.  Such awesomeness exists: That’s right – drinking establishments that have lined their walls, and shelves, with everything from hardbound classics and modern novellas to law encyclopedias and philosophical tomes. Actually, alcohol and the written word have a close … Continue reading

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“I don’t trust liberals, I trust conservatives.” That’s pretty darned hardcore, Seneca. Did he really say this?  I dunno, but as I’m sure my left-of-center friends will be quick to point out, Seneca did advise Nero…

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On Violence in Politics

“Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln” – Carl von Clausewitz, On War (1832) The handicapped are the model citizens of tomorrow. That sounds like the very worst of what many Americans would consider to be … Continue reading

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