Category Archive: Language

Sociologists’ Failure to Address Gender

Something that has irked me for a while is the apparent failure of sociologists to make inroads dispersing the distinction between ‘sex’ and ‘gender.’ As an alumnus (no, not alumni–that’s plural, and I… Continue reading

The Difference Between Wisdom and Intelligence

The hardest words to define are the ones we use most. For example, try to sufficiently articulate a definition for “you.” For “love”—or “hate”. For “I.” How about “the”? It is much easier to… Continue reading

Are We Just Talking to Ourselves?

One of the banes of being philosophic lies in cultivating a crippling propensity to observe. It’s a bane because the marrow of some situations hides within a direct experience rather than making observations about it. For example, which… Continue reading

Defining Hell

Here’s a fun question: What would your hell be like? Of course we need not believe in the existence of hell, but methinks the exercise will prove worthwhile and interesting. Dante of course… Continue reading

A Useful Lie

It seems garish to expound upon a proverb—especially one’s own. Fault me for the feat, but I’d like to unwrap these terse truisms from time to time, to more fully expose their flesh.… Continue reading

The Burden of Creativity

Pride is a deadly sin—but did you know the term “hubris,” or, “excessive pride,” was concocted to prevent ancient Greeks from pissing off the gods? Where are those gods now? I’ll let it… Continue reading

A Philosophy of Regret

Regret, as we know it, does not exist. What has traditionally been called “regret” is actually a misnomer for shame, disappointment, guilt, mourning, etc., of outcomes — not decisions. We typically understand regret as being… Continue reading

Good from Bad, Right from Wrong

Today I attempt to clarify five popular terms. Morality concerns proper or improper human behaviour. Morality targets those issues that can be deemed “right” or “wrong,” “moral” or “immoral.” For example, it is… Continue reading

Degrees of Deception

Recently, my very learned Phenomenology and Existentialism professor appeared uncertain about whether intent was a necessary condition for lying. The answer seemed quite apparent to me–but I was a bit stunned that she… Continue reading

It is Better to Truth than to Deceive

All this talk about the value of a life being primarily in direct proportion to its contribution to others — how often do we question this concept? [What a better day than Martin… Continue reading

When Thought Married Action

I was graced with the opportunity to put one of my most cherished beliefs to the test after being hit by a truck. I then reflected on the event on Facebook: “On Saturday… Continue reading

Is Originality Possible?

I once visualized a new food special for work: mini tacos. They would be the size of mini hot dogs, replete with meat, cheese, and all the tiny fixin’s. It was genius. Everyone… Continue reading

Taking Phrases for Granted

Saying we take something for granted is a terrible and loaded statement. Let’s use food for our example. It is common for someone to say Americans take our ability to consume food for… Continue reading

What is a Philosopher?

It’s simple to say that to some degree everyone is a philosopher. On some level this is true, for the easiest thing a philosopher can do is ask a question–Socrates loved asking questions.… Continue reading

[Don’t] Judge Me!

This phrase has lost all meaning in the common usage. When people say “don’t judge me,” sometimes they mean it playfully. No harm, no foul. Other times, however, this phrase loaded with accusatory meaning,… Continue reading

Thoughts on Thoughts

I’ve come across the notion more than once that we think only to the extent our vocabulary affords us a range of concepts. This is a ludicrous assertion. I have no formal experience… Continue reading

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the art of forming opinion based on fact. If you look it up, you’re likely to find there are as many types of philosophy as there are definitions–even my definition above… Continue reading

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