Category Archives: Philosophy

Dead Men Don’t Bleed?

You’ve probably heard this old joke. Once upon a time there was a man who was convinced he was dead. After being badgered by his friends, he finally gave in and went to a doctor. The doctor took it upon … Continue reading

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Dealing with Anger: Pessimism or Contentment?

In class today I showed the students Alain de Botton’s presentation of the philosophy of Seneca. I think Seneca (as interpreted by de Botton) is genuinely insightful. The richer and more successful we are, the more prone we are to … Continue reading

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Beauty in the Eye?

Beauty in the Eye Most of my students express the conviction that beauty is always and only in the eye of the beholder. In the face of differing accounts, assessments, and experiences of beauty, this position seems natural. I take … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophically

Few of the courses I teach, whether in a college or church setting, are officially called “philosophy.” Having a philosophical temperament, however, and finding value in a philosophical approach to learning, I find it difficult to avoid a common approach … Continue reading

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The Problem of Sustained Personal Identity

In a recent essay a the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) Religion site, Stanley Hauerwas raises the issue of the sustaining of personal identity over time. It is by no means clear to me that I am the same person who … Continue reading

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Epic Win!

Kenda Creasy Dean is our guest speaker at the Texas Annual Conference this week. Having read her books, I knew where she’d be coming from. If you have the least interest in youth ministry or leading a church that disciples … Continue reading

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Capitalism and Epistemology

Inasmuch as markets exist to provide knowledge (what I/we should do with regard to the resources at our disposal or over which we have influence) modern capitalism is a reductionism parallel to centrality of epistemology in modern philosophy (the requirement … Continue reading

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