Vox did its usual excellent job of reporting and analysis in the above video about the origins of the coronavirus. Now that the WHO officially declared the virus a pandemic—and since I live in Seattle, one of the epicenters of the virus—here are a few philosophical lessons that we might relearn. Continue reading Coronavirus: We Are All Interconnected
Clockwise from top left – Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, Averroes, Confucius, the Buddha
In my last post, I applauded a reader’s search for truth. I concluded that post as follows:
it’s easy to accept the first ideas you’re taught and be done with it. What’s hard is to keep searching and growing and changing, never anchoring as Kazantzakis put it. The search for truth is just so much nobler and humbler than simply affirming the first ideas you encountered.
I still agree with my conclusion but feel compelled to add a few caveats. Continue reading Is Philosophy Dangerous?
The School of Athens by Raphael, depicting famous classical Greek philosophers
I recently received a correspondence from a reader who has rejected her former religious beliefs in favor of a more scientifically based worldview. This process was evidently long and painful and she has now embarked on her own quest for truth. But where might such a trek lead? Here are some brief thoughts about her forthcoming journey. Continue reading Searching for Truth
I recently read the historian Yuval Noah Harari’s extraordinarily astute piece, Why Fiction Trumps Truth, in the May 24, 2019, New York Times. Here is his opening paragraph: Continue reading Truth and Power? Commentary on “Why Fiction Trumps Truth,” by Yuval Noah Harari
A recent post suggested that while we are individually insignificant we may be significant nonetheless by being a part of something larger than ourselves. This led me to consider how dependent we are at all times on others. In this spirit, I say remember that … Continue reading The Myth of the Self-Made Man or Woman