"Young Minds in Critical Condition" (SLNYT)
"Having strong critical skills shows that you will not be easily fooled. It is a sign of sophistication, especially when coupled with an acknowledgment of one’s own “privilege” … We should be wary of creating a class of self-satisfied debunkers—or, to use a currently fashionable word on campus, people who like to “trouble” ideas," opines Michael Roth, on the status quo of liberal education. Also "The case for a liberal education"
, 2014/05/09, The Boston Globe
; and, "There's Nothing Liberal About Specializing in Philosophy" The Atlantic
, 2014/05/09. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, recently authored “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters”
, and teaches "The Modern and The Postmodern"
, offered on Coursera.
posted by polymodus
on May 12, 2014 -
"Courage is the ennabling virtue for any philosopher,"
says Cornel West
in this clip from The Examined Life
, a film by Astra Taylor
. Peter Singer
talks about the morality of consumption and how we should spend our money, as he did in this NY Times Magazine essay
published two years ago today. Given the internecine violence in the Congo
, for example, Singer's 1971 essay, Famine, Affluence, and Morality
is worth a second (or first) look. The film features several other contemporary philosophers, including Judith Butler
, Kwame Anthony Appiah
, and Slavoj Zizek
. Of course, people looking for a more musical version of philosophy, could forgo the film and just watch this Monty Python bit
posted by cal71
on Dec 17, 2008 -
The Meaning of Life
according to various rather famous people (Dennett, Fukuyama, etc). I'm watching the Dennett video at the moment and it starts rather weakly, but, by midway through, is rolling along nicely. With topics like "being good without god" and "the anthropic principle" it struck me as relevant to a couple of recent askmefi threads
Dennett: [pause] i guess i'll say it again, more slowly...
(oh, and the player interface is rather delicate - give it time to load and click play a few times...)
posted by andrew cooke
on Oct 1, 2004 -
The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild
began in 1992 when two students of philosophy found their inner creativity in the midst of a dwindling academic job market. As it turned out, fulfilling gift giving needs proved to be almost as satisfying as probing eternal questions. They offer such items as "Freudian Slippers", "Nietzsche's Will to Power Bars", "Brainy Beanies", and "Dorothy Parker Martini Glasses".
posted by ewagoner
on Aug 11, 2003 -
Very thought provoking
I would say, but you might want to think about the choices for a minute before you answer. It matches you as closely as it can with famous philosophers. Not perfect, but definitely an interesting site. Has anybody seen others like it?
posted by prototype_octavius
on May 8, 2001 -