“Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”
~ Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in “Casablanca.” Continue reading Anti-Biography
My friend Ed Gibney has written on each and every one of the thought experiments in Julian Baggini’s, The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher. He has also summarized his own 100 blog posts on Baggini’s 100 thought experiments in “What I learned from 100 Philosophy Thought Experiments.” Continue reading What is A Worldview?
“Not how the world is, is the mystical, but that it is.” ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Tractatus logico–philosophicus, 6.44.
Jim Holt’s recent book, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy—why is there something rather than nothing? To investigate this question Holt consulted many of the world’s foremost thinkers. Here, in brief, are their answers. Continue reading Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
One of the five paintings of Extermination of Evil portrays Sendan Kendatsuba, one of the eight guardians of Buddhist law, banishing evil.
I recently received a letter from a former student who was trying to defend the necessity of evil. She wondered: “can there be goodness without badness?” Continue reading Must Evil Exist? No