Category Archives: Philosophy

“What Is the Point of It All?”

Retired, elderly philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921 – 2018) ponders death as he faces his, realizing that his previous abstract philosophizing about the subject falls short. Continue reading

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Materialism (vers 2.0., Part 3)

Our discussion continues: what, precisely, is materialism? It is not simply the pursuit of wealth & material goods. It is a comprehensive worldview. It is important to understand this distinction to understand one of the most basic issues our civilization must eventually face. Continue reading

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Comment on Robert Greenleaf Brice, “Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Facts and Our Stubborn Attitude Towards Them” APA Blog, January 21, 2019

Comment intended for the APA Blog in response to article by Robert Greenleaf Brice on “Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Facts and Our Stubborn Attitude Towards Them” Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2)

Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2): in “A Free Man’s Worship” (1903) philosopher Bertrand Russell called for a humanist ethic of respect for scientific truth, economic justice, and world peace. How well has this held up? Is its failure just the sign of a civilization’s growing pains, or of something fundamentally wrong with its key assumptions? Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 1)

[Author’s note: this series of posts is a much-expanded and hopefully much-improved version of the series that began here, which is desirable to reprint lest it disappear from that site. The question that came to me was, Why not refurbish … Continue reading

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“Philosophy in Three & a Half Years”

Seen by accident, “ganked” off Colin McGinn’s blog this morning, this comment caught my eye. Writing back in April 2017 under the title “Philosophy in Five Years” he predicted: I think the field will be a complete shambles. It’s already … Continue reading

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Auguste Comte’s Law of Three Stages: What It Is, Why the Third Stage is Dying, What Comes Next. (A Major Statement.)

[Note: this may be the longest blog post I have ever made on this site. The result of several weeks of effort, it may be read as a progress report on what may turn into my life’s work: if I … Continue reading

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