1. How To Survive a Philosopher Attack


    “I don’t know how many times we’ve been at a philosophy party when I wander back to my philosopher after making the rounds of conversation with other non-philosophers, I discover that he is in heated and angry-sounding discussion with other philosophers. When it’s all over, though, everyone is happy and joking and full of philosophy intoxication.”

  2. The Montaigne Project


    In 2011, Dan Conley started, and completed, My Montaigne Project: a series of 107 essays, one a day for 107 days, each inspired by one of Montaigne’s 107 Essais. This week, he brought it back to the web with a newly designed website.

  3. Free Will Worth Having


    What are your thoughts on machines that can predict what you’re going to do in the next five minutes? Do you think that everything that happens now in the universe was causally determined by some event(s) that happened before it?…Read more »

  4. The Wisdom of the ‘Ignorant Schoolmaster’


    “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin

    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
    ― Socrates

    [From Sotiris Triantis]

    An intellectual adventure

    Joseph Jacotot (born in 1770) was a French teacher who discovered something remarkable in the education process.…Read more »

  5. You Can’t Talk About Zen: A Discussion of Zen


    [A post from Jason Durso]

    The popular understanding of Zen philosophy is that it is painfully frustrating, contrived and lies outside the realm of rational discourse. Rather than offering some sort of platform for discussion or some set of assertions which can be systematically analyzed and negotiated into a personal system of meaning the proponents of this view will often resort to vague claims such as ‘Zen doesn’t have a system of beliefs’,…Read more »

  6. The Jung and the Restless


    …I cannot outline the spiritual problems of modern man without giving emphasis to the yearning for rest that arises in a period of unrest… It is from need and distress that new forms of life take their rise,…Read more »