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Getting shot over a philosophical argument? You Kant be serious

<i>"To shoot a man because one disagrees with his interpretation of Darwin or Hegel is a sinister tribute to the supremacy of ideas in human affairs – but a tribute nevertheless." – George Steiner</i><p>The pronunciation of Immanuel Kant's surname often leads to hilarity among students, and I like to think …

Examining the Nature of Religion and Religious Beliefs

<b>What is Religion? The Problem of Defining Religion:</b><p>Academic literature is filled with attempts to describe what religion is and many of those …

Back to Guns: Kant vs. Saint Augustine

If you haven't seen it yet, you certainly should look through the exchange that the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Ta-Nehisi Coates are having about Jeff Goldberg's story on guns and gun control, which appeared just before the Newtown massacre. Their main discussion is here. TNC has follow-ups …

How to Tell if You Have Psychic Abilities

Those who have made a lifetime of the study of psychic phenomena suspect that most, if not all of us are psychic to one degree or another. I'm sure …

The difference between science and philosophy is... • literary jukebox

The difference between science and philosophy is that the scientist learns more and more about less and less until she knows everything about nothing, whereas a philosopher learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything.<p><b>Song:</b> “Science vs. Romance” by <b>Rilo Kiley</b>

Establishing the philosophy of cosmology

"We live in a golden age of cosmology," says Jeremy Butterfield, a philosopher of physics from the University of Cambridge. Since the mid 20th …

Philosophy Is A Syndicate

IN THE old days of the three European missions – imperialism, colonialism, and orientalism – scholars insisted on the existence of Asian …

Jesus

<b>Clare Carlisle: Bertrand Russell – part 7:</b> He saw philosophy as a way of life, insisting that questions of cosmic meaning and value have an existential, ethical and spiritual urgency<p>Many teachers and students of philosophy today feel that the subject is under threat – not only from funding cuts, …