Category Archives: Philosophy

Why Is Philosophy Important? An Expanded Comment

Daily Nous, the philosophy blog, posted a recent query raising this question in response to an undergraduate who had fallen in love with the subject. Presumably she’d gotten some flak from friends or maybe family. The blog’s editor, Justin Weinberg … Continue reading

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“Should I Pursue a Doctorate in Philosophy These Days?”

Should you even consider getting a doctorate and going into academic philosophy today? Even if you find the subject endlessly fascinating, and you have talent for it? The question comes up occasionally on forums. Someone I am “friends” with on … Continue reading

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Philosophers and Social Media: A Comment

Those who read last week’s note will probably say, “Wow, that was a short break!” This is a comment, though, not a stand-alone essay like many of its predecessors. This despite it’s getting longer than I intended. Should philosophers “do” social … Continue reading

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Why Marx Now? Part 2

[Author’s Note: I received complaints that Part 1 was too long. “TLDR,” said one person: Too Long Didn’t Read. Part of me is saddened by this. I wonder if essayists such as Albert Jay Nock, or James T. Farrell, or … Continue reading

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Why Marx Now? Part 1

Recent years have seen a surge of renewed interest in Karl Marx’s political-economic thought. For those not living in a cave somewhere, this has been hard to miss. This interest is not coming primarily from the “cultural Marxists” of academic … Continue reading

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Brian Eno’s “Music For Installations”: New Collection Released This Week (A Music Post)

Brian Eno’s new 6-CD (or 9-LP) collection is released this week and contains the best material from the visual art installations for which he is internationally famous. Continue reading

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Consciousness Denialism: Galen Strawson vs. Daniel Dennett

Denialism? The term suggests something irrational at best, maybe even malicious. After all, that’s the word used by climate scientists for those who don’t believe climate change is happening. Is it a good idea to invoke such a concept when … Continue reading

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