Category Archives: Philosophy

The Impact of Utilitarianism on Unsuspecting Feet (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

The prompt today was to use a homophone or homonym. I can’t take credit for the example, which was offered by a former student. After her purported reading Of Jeremy Bentham, She said he believed She should do whatever Made … Continue reading

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On the Disastrous Art of Losing (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

On our first meeting, she Described me as a “near Buddhist,” Meaning, of course, that I had The ascetic qualities of a monk.   And it was true that Siddhartha Helped me lose my appreciation For things. You learn first … Continue reading

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On the Destructive Power of Measureable Learning Objectives (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

Day 8 of NaPoWriMo asks us to write poetry using the jargon of our professions (or someone else’s profession). As a philosophy instructor, my only learning objective was to destroy the smug and self-satisfied confidence my students had in their … Continue reading

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Pain in the Membrane (frivolous essay on the brain)

They say the pain is all in your head, but where else could it be? I mean, some people do complain of pain in their hands or elbows or knees or whatever, but really the experience of the pain is … Continue reading

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Ricky Gervais and the Wrong Way to Grieve

After Life, created by Ricky Gervais, seems to be a quest to show just what it would mean to grieve in the wrong way. While grief counselors and well-meaning supporters will often assure us there is “no right or wrong … Continue reading

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Doing Philosophy for Fun or Profit

I was recently invited to think about answering two questions: 1. What is philosophy? 2. How is philosophy done? Teaching first-year community college students for 17 years gave me ready answers, of course. Philosophy is a love of wisdom inspired … Continue reading

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Hagiography

In the Halls of Knowledge The Great Men shared their wisdom With emperors, kings, monarchs, and generals. Great women shared their insights and guidance, too, But their words are stored in different wings of the Great Hall. It was the … Continue reading

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