Archive for the 'Philosophy' Category

Taking Equal Bribes

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

A former student of mine, Olivia, gave me a book titled, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, which does a remarkably good job of illustrating philosophical ideas through humor. I thought I would share a small section regarding the philosophy of law, as it’s both entertaining and enlightening. A key question regarding the [...]

Drunk On Kierkegaard

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I am mildly drunk on Kierkegaard. I read his ideas and I swear  my pulse quickens and new vistas of consciousness are opened. For those who don’t know, Kierkegaard is generally considered the father of existentialism, a philosophy that seeks to understand persons as unique and concrete, existing individuals as opposed to parts of a [...]

Religulous and The Indefensible God

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Quiet a few days Paula, our friend Simon Jones, and I were discussing religion and culture during which Simon showed us a clip from the film Religulous in which Bill Maher goes to The Holy Land Experience (A theme park that the proprietors refer to as “a living biblical history museum) to confront Christians with [...]

Can a Microscope Examine Itself?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

What can we know about our thinking given that we have to use our thinking to examine our thinking? In other words, can the instrument of thinking become the object of its own instrumentality? Before you jump into a response, keep in mind that such an inquiry would require the use of the very thing [...]

Cold-Calling Philosophy

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Some Little Kid: Hello Me: Good afternoon. Is the head of house home? Some Little Kid: Just a sec. [in the background] Daaad!! Some guys on the phone for you. [ A moment later] Mr Daniels: This is Mr. Daniels. May I ask who’s calling and what’s this about!?! Me: Uh yeah, my name is [...]

Descartes Interrupted

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

That’s pretty much how it is for me when I pray, meditate, think, or study. I’d probably have had a PhD by now if it wasn’t for that stupid fly. Okay, I’ll be honest, if it wasn’t for that stupid fly, the TV, raising a few kids, and having to keep my house clean. But [...]

Byte On The Side

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I was given a blessed but very last minute opportunity last week when I received an email from one of my colleagues, who is also a Program Director, asking me if I would be willing to teach Introdcution to Philosophy in the Fall. I said “Yes,” and now, as I expected, I am a little [...]