Do Science and Philosophy Lead To Unhappiness?

Girl reading a book featuring the title "The Children's Hour" and a photograph of a Hippopotamus in Thebarton Primary School, South Australia (1945)
In the waiting room at the doctor’s office this morning I was reading Bertrand Russell’s 1930 classic, The Conquest of Happiness, a book I first read almost 50 years ago. (I’m still old school, I take a book to the doctor’s since I don’t have a smart phone!) Continue reading Do Science and Philosophy Lead To Unhappiness?

Is Game-Playing the Highest Ideal of Human Existence?

Two children playing Pong on a television set.

by John Danaher

Bernard Suits’s The Grasshopper is an odd book. Part philosophical dialogue, part playful allegory, it is most famous for its philosophical analysis of games. In a sharp rebuff to Wittgenstein — who thought that games had no essence — Suits suggests that games do have an essence. Continue reading Is Game-Playing the Highest Ideal of Human Existence?