Monthly Archives: December 2012

Since I Know You’re not Interested in Philosophy’s Apology…

How about this instead? Imagine a slim, sultry and scantily clad young woman in front of a computer screen. She’s logged on to check the status of her account.  The computer’s feminine voice reports there has been no activity. The woman … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice 2012, A New Beginning

Today is the Winter Solstice and the end of the 5125-year cycle of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar.  Contrary to many idle speculations, there’s little evidence that the Mayans regarded the end of the cycle as the end of the … Continue reading

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A Curse on Book Thieves (and Bookworms)

Here’s a wonderful curse one monastery inflicted on those who would steal their precious scrolls. For these were the dark days before Gutenberg’s printing press, when the printed word was still something valuable because it was actually printed, painstakingly, by … Continue reading

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The Bite: An Apology for Philosophy, Part I

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates Those who read Stevenson’s An Apology for Idlers will know that it was emphatically not an apology in that ordinary sense where we express contrition for some misdeed. It was, rather, a … Continue reading

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An Apology for Idlers

Occasionally I come across an essay, story, or book that reminds me what an astonishing joy reading can be. What distinguishes such pieces for me is that they succeed in several things at once: they amuse, inform, and provoke. I recently read … Continue reading

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Interested in a Game of Philosophy?

Callicles: It is a fine thing to partake of philosophy for the sake of education, and it is not shameful to pursue philosophy while young….there’s a certain freeborn liberality in the young man [who pursues philosophy], and if he doesn’t … Continue reading

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Interested in a Game of Ball?

Recalling my pilgrimage to the grounds of Plato’s Academy several years ago, I was first reminded (in a roundabout way, as this post and the next will spell out) of my dog Aktis’s love of ball games, and then of … Continue reading

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