In the recent book, Death and the Afterlife, Samuel Scheffler offer two imaginative thought experiments in an attempt to understand our attitudes toward death and meaning. Continue reading Scheffler’s “Death and the Aferlife”
Monthly Archives: April 2021
A mother asked me about her child who has been professionally diagnosed with mild autism.1 She was particularly upset about the little boy’s fear of strangers at the playground.
Albert Camus’ The Plague
(Note. I first published this piece exactly one year ago. Since the pandemic continues, I thought it worth a reprint.)
Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention due to the pandemic of 2020. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. But first a very brief plot summary.
Russell: In Praise of Idleness
In 1932, at age 60, Bertrand Russell penned a provocative essay, “In Praise of Idleness.” Russell begins,
… I was brought up on the saying: ‘Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.’ Continue reading Russell: In Praise of Idleness