Monthly Archives: May 2020

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarianism

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Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarian
by Professor

While it would be irrational to reject medical claims of health care experts in favor of those made by President Trump, there are those who do just that. Considerations of why people do this is mainly a matter of psychology, but the likely errors in reasoning are a matter for philosophy. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authoritarianism

Everything Is Meaningless – But That’s Okay

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(Originally published at 3 Quarks Daily. Reprinted by permission.)
by Charlie Huenemann

What would it be for life to have a “meaning”? What does it mean when people say life is meaningful? I’m not sure, so let’s start with smaller, more obviously meaningful things. Better yet, let’s start with some meaningless things. Continue reading Everything Is Meaningless – But That’s Okay

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”
by Professor

Donald Trump was elected president and hence he has the legal authority conferred by this office. By having legal authority is not the same as having authority as an expert. In this essay, I will assess Trump’s authority as a medical expert. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Trump’s “Expertise”

The Stoics on Death (Walking Through a Cemetery)

(This is my 1000th post.)

I take regular walks through a cemetery in my neighborhood and recently noticed a new grave for a twelve-year boy who had been killed in a car accident. Coincidentally, on one of my walks, I encountered the parents of the young boy who were visiting the gravesite. Continue reading The Stoics on Death (Walking Through a Cemetery)

Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority

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Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority
by Professor

There are many sources of information about the pandemic and not all of them are good or reliable. But accurate information is critical to your well being and even your survival … Some sources mean well but are unintentionally spreading misinformation. Other sources have malicious intent and are spreading disinformation. Continue reading Critical Thinking & COVID-19: Argument from Authority