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A Solely Human Aspect of Existence: The Experience of Beauty

Another reading on Aesthetics for those looking into Kant, and the nature of beauty: In the history of thought there is probably no philosophy that has posited the question about man with the intensity, extensiveness and centrality equal to those present in Kant’s philosophy. It is well-known that in his last work, Logik, which appeared as edited … Continue reading

Comment from the Internetz

A comment left on the archive of our Epistemology discussion of Reality, Perception & What can be Known: I think it looks like the quiet students are the ones deep in thought. I was a quiet one back in school and still am. Very well spoken students! Thoughts were so well said and expressed by. I … Continue reading

Rawls’ Theory of Justice, Economics 12 and Enlightenment

In discussing Rawls‘ Theory of Justice this week, you might find the above lectures and discussions on “What makes a fair start?” inspired by the former Harvard philosophy prof: Part 1 – WHAT’S A FAIR START? Rawls argues that even meritocracy—a distributive system that rewards effort—doesn’t go far enough in leveling the playing field because … Continue reading

The Wise Agnostic -Katherine

“Let us call this unknown something: God. It is nothing more than a name we assign to it. The idea of demonstrating that this unknown something (God) exists, could scarcely suggest itself to Reason. For if God does not exist it would of course be impossible to prove it; and if he does exist it … Continue reading

Why do we believe?

After this whole thing with Epistemology I’ve found many interesting topics but one was belief and I came up with the question why do we believe? Why do people feel that having something to believe in is so important? Some people believe that it’s the way that someone is brought that depends on why and … Continue reading

School sucks- Andrea

What do i know? How do I know it? What are the implications of knowing this? These three are all the “big picture” questions of epistemology. I have a simpler question: What is the what? What is the truth? and why is it true? We are about to embark on a deep and dark journey … Continue reading

“What’s wrong with you today?!”…”Nothing!”

If you had a quarter for everytime you’ve heard this dialogue, you’re likely able to buy luch for you and a cherished acquaintance.  I’ve always assumed that this was only a result of society’s trouble with misinterpreting the habits and actions of introverted people.  I was in grade 6, fresh off the plane and in … Continue reading

Truth in the eyes of an FLDS follower

growing up as a child in the FLDS ( fundamentalist Latter Day Saint) is a very different experience from what the average American child grows up with. The FLDS child will learn to worship a man named Warren Jeffs , a self proclaimed prophet.Warren Jeffs has control of everyone and everything. He holds the power … Continue reading

Who’s to Say? – Aidan C

Think about your brain for a moment.  Your thoughts, ideas, and processes are different from those of any other person on the planet.  Your mind is a complex series of sequences of firing neurons and electrical impulses.  All your senses (and there are more than five of them) provide you with information on what’s happening … Continue reading


Our Epistemology unit brought up so many interesting topics, I had a pretty hard time finding something to rant about. We went through Paradigms and Maximum Knowledge and Physiological Zombies and so on—all equally interesting. But in the end I picked something that I thought was the coolest and actually have been thinking about for … Continue reading