Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy Phridays – Plotinus

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Plotinus. Plotinus is something of an odd figure in the history of philosophy. Any way you look at it, he is one of the […]

Philosophy Phridays – Sakya Pandita

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Sakya Pandita. I should say right at the beginning that I’m way outside my comfort zone this week. My favorite philosophy tends to be […]

Philosophy Phridays – John Austin

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is John Austin. John Austin was a British thinker who lived from 1790-1859. He is famous for creating the school of analytical jurisprudence. He […]

Philosophy Phridays – Tense and Aspect

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Tense and Aspect. As someone who tutors English and frequently works with students for whom English is a second language, I find myself […]

Philosophy Phridays – Colonialism

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Colonialism. Colonialism is one of the trickier things for philosophers to discuss. Part of that is because of the inherent difficulties of the […]

I’ve Got a Problem

I’ve always assumed that most people are good people. And I don’t mean 51%. I’m talking about 95% or more. When I pass someone on the street or meet someone new, I can’t help it. I’m pretty sure that’s a good person who deserves my respect. There’s a part of me that recognizes that bad […]

Philosophy Phridays – Bodily Awareness

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Bodily Awareness. Bodily Awareness probably isn’t something most people think a lot about. Being aware of our bodies is the default. Virtually everyone […]

Philosophy Phridays – Medieval Theories of Conscience

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Medieval Theories of Conscience. When most people think of conscience, they think of that little voice in their heads telling them right from […]

Philosophy Phridays – Pantheism

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Pantheism. The word Pantheism is credited to John Toland, an Irish thinker, from 1705. But the basic ideas of pantheism have been around […]

Philosophy Phridays – Kant’s Transcendental Idealism

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is Kant’s Transcendental Idealism. Immanuel Kant is a weird figure for me. He is huge in the field of philosophy. It’s hard to overstate […]