Philosophy & Ethics

Jerks Are Penalized Even When They Have Good Ideas

You don't have to be a jerk to get the right thing done but sometimes out-of-the-box thinking requires some angry evangelism. Yet even legendary jerks like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison knew you can't use the belligerence strategy too often or th ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 8 2014 - 4:30pm

Enlightenment Finding Eternity In The Now

“Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual ...

Article - Sascha Vongehr - Jan 23 2015 - 9:37pm

Companies In Rehab (And Governments. And Universities.)

A guy messes up his life, and the lives of those around him. We send him for rehabilitation: A jail term, AA meetings, community service, anger management classes, or restitution to victims. ...

Article - Fred Phillips - Dec 25 2014 - 1:00pm

Stoicism: Ancient Wisdom For The Modern World

Marcus Aurelius. By Robert S. Colter, University of Wyoming ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 2 2015 - 4:18pm

Why I Have The Right To Be Pissed Off By The Paris Terrorist Attack, And Maybe You Do Not

The terrorist attack of two days ago in Paris to the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo left most of us hit hard by the blow to freedom of the press and freedom of thought, which are among that core set of rights on which we have built our society and which ...

Blog Post - Tommaso Dorigo - Jan 9 2015 - 12:15pm

In Praise Of Agnosticism

Theist, gnostic, agnostic and atheist. What is the difference? Link: ben-kay.com By Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia Getting on for 14 billion years ago the universe suddenly sprang into life. I can’t actually do the math, as they say, but I’m ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 10 2015 - 1:30pm

New Counter-Terrorism Laws: Universities Worried Most

With the terrorist attacks in Paris fresh on the minds of Europeans (150X as many dead in a terrorist attack in Africa, not so much), politicians are reflecting the concerns of the public and becoming focused on how to better prevent them in the future. Fr ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Jan 16 2015 - 12:51pm

The Religious Overtones Of Natural Laws: Does The The Universe Create Reason And Morality?

Some suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity. The emergence of life in general and perhaps even rational life, with its associated technological culture, may be extremely common, argues Kelly Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy&Bio ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 23 2015 - 10:39am

If Abortion Is A Choice Then Sex Selection Abortion Should Remain Legal

Opposing this law change is not anti-feminist. shutterstock By Pam Lowe, Aston University A campaign is underway in the United Kingdom to make it illegal to abort a child based on its gender. Proponents say they are worried about women being coerced into ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 26 2015 - 7:51pm

What Ancient Greeks Thought About The Three-Person Baby Debate

The Discovery of the Child Erichthonius by Peter Paul Rubens  By Helen King, The Open University The science and morality of creating a life with DNA from three different individuals is hot news. The UK parliament has voted in favor of allowing trials of ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 3 2015 - 5:01pm