Thinking about thinking about…
Gabriel Conroy examines the appeal to disbelief.
Pretty Much What It Says On The Tin
On the book “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer and the act of eating animals.
Mob Violence, Heckler’s Veto, and the Consent of the Governed
Knowledge, belief, credulity, close-mindedness, etc.: What to do, what to do… Perhaps nothing.
Wetting some of the fray over rights and responsibilities.
The book we all need to read… twice.
Guidelines for thinking about using ad hominem arguments.
Ad hominems probably aren’t valid. But we can’t get away from them, and we’ll have to learn how to deal with them.
Sometimes mental illnesses have been metaphorically described as “demons.” “Mental illness” may well be a metaphor too. As I have concluded, there is truth in metaphor.
Andrew Sullivan’s comments on Plato and American democracy need a little unpacking.
Oscar talks about engineering and the choices that go into it.
Paging Elizabeth Picciuto! Paging Elizabeth Picciuto! We have an ethics emergency!
League Alum Jamelle Bouie asked: “On a D&D alignment chart, where would you put The Punisher?”
Conservatism stresses deference to the unseen. Trump rejects that out of hand, and he’s on the verge of the Republican nomination. What happened?
Are we addicted to outrage or just narcissistic opinion-having?
How does the unregulated “free market” determine the wages paid to prostitutes?
Libertarianism and the Left, and the more general problem for metaphysically individualist liberalism.
Coates vs Sanders… and Lincoln
If we are willing to admit that there are social and political problems that we do not yet seem to have solved, then an examination of other-than-democratist and other-than-modernist thought may not be merely interesting to a few, but useful for the many, or even necessary.
Vikram thinks confirmation bias may be an adaptation to a bigger problem. Also, he finally saw Star Wars VII.
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
How does the “slippery slope” relate to “post hoc ergo propter hoc” with a discussion of “causation” in a legal context.
To be fair, Slippery Slope arguments can at times be highly predictive. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still a blight on clear thinking and honest discourse.
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Burt Likko took a sabbatical from public affairs for two months. What did he learn?
A dialogue for Armistice Day.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
Pascal wrote, “Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same,” so I recommend a reading this with a drink or two.
Choose Wisely, Kiwis!
This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.
When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.
I’ve never done this before — promoted my own comment, that is. But I think I got a pretty decent thought out there.
A brief gloss of the complex intellectual and spiritual harmony between the Founders and the Quakers.
What did Boethius (and Plato) have against poetry?