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How to succeed in business without really trying? Major in philosophy!

How to succeed in business without really trying? Major in philosophy!

My title–at least the first part–comes from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical of the 1960s, now I suspect embarrassingly dated (although it’s been revived as recently as 2011), that I adored in high school.  But this post comes in response to an op-ed piece published two days ago in the Dallas Morning News by two University of Dallas philosophy professors.  Their essay […] … learn more→

This $75 million gift might make higher ed question its obsession with science and tech

This $75 million gift might make higher ed question its obsession with science and tech

During his unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio made the dubious (and grammatically unsound) assertion that “we need more welders and less philosophers.” Bill Miller clearly disagrees with the Florida senator. Miller, a prominent investor who spent three years studying philosophy at Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student, recently gave that school US$75 million to […] … learn more→

The history of philosophy

The history of philosophy

Philosophy has deep roots, with a clear historical evolution.  It is about knowledge, and the argument for why (and how) we exist in the first place. Western Philosophy is considered by many to be the foundation of philosophy in our modern times.  Early philosophers before Socrates focused hypotheses on metaphysics, or the Study of Existence […] … learn more→

Does the size of the universe prove God doesn’t exist?

Does the size of the universe prove God doesn’t exist?

Scientists now know that the universe contains at least two trillion galaxies. It’s a mind-scrunchingly big place, very different to the conception of the universe we had when the world’s major religions were founded. So do the astronomical discoveries of the last few centuries have implications for religion? Over the last few decades, a new way […] … learn more→

Why teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

Why teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

Young people today are constantly at risk of indoctrination – whether deliberate or inadvertent. This can be by advertisers, politicians, religious extremists or the media – and can make it hard for young people to get a handle on the world around them. But in this age of contradictory images and constant messages, I believe […] … learn more→

The problem of diversity in philosophy: a US perspective

The problem of diversity in philosophy: a US perspective

Philosophy has a reputation for its striking lack of diversity. The discipline is short on women and, more notably, short on black and minority ethnic representation. For the past few years, this topic has been a subject of great interest (and sometimes, great controversy), both on popular philosophy blogs, such asDaily Nous and Leiter Reports, […] … learn more→

Chinese philosophy is missing from U.S. philosophy departments. Should we care?

Chinese philosophy is missing from U.S. philosophy departments. Should we care?

Philosophy has been a favorite whipping boy in the culture wars since 399 B.C., when an Athenian jury sentenced Socrates to death. Nowadays, philosophers are no longer accused of “corrupting the youth.” Instead, a surprisingly wide range of pundits, from celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson to former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, assert that philosophy […] … learn more→

Philosophy: The simultaneous solution

Philosophy: The simultaneous solution

There are questions that have plagued mankind since the beginning of time: How did we begin? What drives our universe? What is our purpose? Where are we headed? All the great philosophers have tried to answer these questions: from Aristotle and Plato – to Maimonides and Spinoza. The group of key cosmic questions became known […] … learn more→

Philosophy:  The prime mover of the Cosmos?

Philosophy: The prime mover of the Cosmos?

Defining terms: Cosmology: What ignited and drives the cosmic order? Prime Mover: The Aristotelian term for the unknown hypothesized entity/dynamic at the core of cosmology. Note that in Aristotelian philosophy the Prime Mover, the primum movens, is unchanging as it transforms the cosmos. Yeshiva-educated and Harvard-educated maverick conceptual theorist and cosmologist David Birnbaum of Manhattan […] … learn more→

The Sociology of Philosophy?

I was browsing through this year\’s Proceedings & Addresses of the APA this morning, and reading some of the addresses–particularly the ones by Sally Haslanger, Elizabeth Anderson, and Amelie Rorty–got me thinking about the sociology of philosophy: specifically, about whether people should start doing some kind of serious research on it. Let me explain why. […] … learn more→