Sunday, 10th May 2020

Death we care about and death we don’t

I’m thinking a lot about death these days. I guess being a philosopher it comes with the territory. Not my own death, particularly, although these days I suspect that that question has crossed anyone’s mind… Continue reading…

Tuesday, 30th July 2019

An old problem, still with us

When I have taught medieval philosophy in the past, I’ve had to describe the debate between the realists and the nominalists. It’s central to understanding the European Middle Ages. Basically, the dispute is over universals,… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 17th April 2019

Curating the Self in Social Media

Every time I think about writing about something on Facebook that really matters, I think about how that is even possible to do. Marshall McLuhan was surely at some level correct in saying that the… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Being Stupid

From Dec. 21, 2016

Here’s a chunk of text from a contribution I’m making to a volume in African philosophy. This is not just about African philosophy, obviously, but about what it means to be… Continue reading…

Monday, 21st November 2016

Socrates the gadfly

From Nov. 21, 2016

This Socrates fellow might have been on to something. Some of the charges at his trial included that “Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does… Continue reading…