Tag Archives: Philosophy

Learning How to Drive

I’m going to take my first driving lesson with a friend today. I’ve made a lot of excuses about why I’m 35 years old and don’t have a driver’s license, but the truth is that I’m afraid of driving. I was in several car accidents when I was a kid, and my mother almost died […]

The Irony of Philosophy Being the Ultimate Dead White Male Discipline

When I was in college studying philosophy, there was a lot of hand-wringing about how exclusive the discipline was. There was a noticeable lack of women and people of non-European descent. (Today we would add a lack of LGBTQA+ people, but it was the early nineties and that didn’t seem to concern anyone as much […]

I Can’t Play Monster Hunter

The first time I tried to play Monster Hunter was all the way back in 2010 with a demo for Monster Hunter Tri. I booted up the game and was transported to a fantasy world of vast, wild environments and epic creatures roaming freely. I remember running in an open field and coming across a […]

Do You Feel It?

I recently wrote a three part mini-series. Part one was on the self. Part two was on knowing other people. Part three was on Santa Claus. The connecting thread was the fact that these are three things that are experienced, but it is unclear (to say the least) in what sense they are real. I […]

Is Santa Real?

This is part three of my three part mini-series. Part one appeared two days ago and part two yesterday. They are separate, but linked, at least in my mind. Is Santa Claus real? That’s a question I had to deal with directly this year. I guess it’s something of a right of passage for parents […]

I’m Sorry, Do I Know You?

This is part two of a three part mini-series. Part one appeared yesterday. Part three will be tomorrow. While they do not have to be read together, I think they reinforce each other. When we say that we know someone, what are we saying? What is it that we’re claiming to know? The answer is […]

Some Thoughts on the Self

This post and the next two posts will make up a mini-series. They are on distinct, but related, topics and, I think, will be more valuable (if they have any value) if read together. A couple of weeks ago, I ran across this headline: Brain scientists confirm your ‘personal identity’ survives throughout lifetime. I’m a […]

Philosophy Phridays – Philosophy of Humor

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 Philosophy of Humor. Finally, one of these random entries is on a topic I’m legitimately interested in. I’ve actually read a good chunk of […]

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 […]