The Daily Owl 9-30-2013

"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion."
"To conduct an argument in the traditional sense, it is essential that there be some common ground. Unless the participants agree on the premises, there is no point in trying to derive a conclusion." [More]

Man Gets Shot in Argument Over Kant’s Philosophy

Two men in southern Russia apparently were arguing over Kant's philosophy when a fight broke out ending with one man shooting the other several times.
Two men in southern Russia apparently were arguing over Kant's philosophy when a fight broke out ending with one man shooting the other several times. [More]

The Daily Owl 9-16-2013

To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. (Chesterton)
To accept everything is an exercise, to understand everything a strain. The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits. (Chesterton) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-8-2013

“[Abduction is] a tentative acceptance of an explanatory hypothesis which, if true, would make the phenomenon under investigation intelligible.” (Peirce)
“[Abduction is] a tentative acceptance of an explanatory hypothesis which, if true, would make the phenomenon under investigation intelligible.” (Peirce) [More]

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

A clever little ebook that serves as a primer on logical fallacies. The entire ebook is online.
A clever little ebook that serves as a primer on logical fallacies. The entire ebook is online. [More]

The Daily Owl 8-20-2013

“You know you've made you’ve made your point when the response sounds less like the searing logic of an good argument and more like the dull thud of a pounded pulpit.”
“You know you've made you’ve made your point when the response sounds less like the searing logic of an good argument and more like the dull thud of a pounded pulpit.” [More]

5 Reasons Why I Love Philosophy

Ever wonder about philosophy? If so, you've philosophized. Ever wonder if there is value in wondering? Rick Pimentel explores these questions and gives us some reasons why he thinks philosophy is one of the most valuable discplines available to mankind.
Ever wonder about philosophy? If so, you've philosophized. Ever wonder if there is value in wondering? Rick Pimentel explores these questions and gives us some reasons why he thinks philosophy is one of the most valuable discplines available to mankind. [More]

To God, I’m the Loyal Opposition

I’ve read many psychologists that warn about focusing too much on a person or a group you hate because in doing so you risk becoming just like them. I think some modern atheists may be falling prey to this problem.
I’ve read many psychologists that warn about focusing too much on a person or a group you hate because in doing so you risk becoming just like them. I think some modern atheists may be falling prey to this problem. [More]

The Supreme Court and Philosophy

One of the most significant political and legal events of the year was The Supreme Court case in February, United States v. Alvarez. The Supreme Court consented to hear this case regarding the validity of the Stolen Valor Act of 2005. It was as if Socrates himself was there in the court. The dialectical method used by the judges was evident as they utilized questions to obtain the judgments required by this case. [More]

Week of April 23, 2012: Week in Review

Interesting stuff from around the web: a scientist claims that philosophy is useless, apologizes, then claims that philosophy is really useless. A real-world example of the prisoner's dilemma. Interesting infographic of logical fallacies. Can evolution provide a foundation for moral law?
Interesting stuff from around the web: a scientist claims that philosophy is useless, apologizes, then claims that philosophy is really useless. A real-world example of the prisoner's dilemma. Interesting infographic of logical fallacies. Can evolution provide a foundation for moral law? [More]