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]

Argument Proves That Philosophy Doesn’t Exist

Two philosophers out of Denmark have developed a proof that demonstrates that philosophy doesn't exist. They have the support of some politicians but many in the philosophical community are enraged.
Two philosophers out of Denmark have developed a proof that demonstrates that philosophy doesn't exist. They have the support of some politicians but many in the philosophical community are enraged. [More]

March 26, 2012: Week in Review

News and happenings from the week of March 26, 2012. Warn your kids about philosophy; Why getting a philosophy degree beats a business degree; FBI questions philosophy prof.; delaying death and its implications; UFO sighted; new books
News and happenings from the week of March 26, 2012. Warn your kids about philosophy; Why getting a philosophy degree beats a business degree; FBI questions philosophy prof.; delaying death and its implications; UFO sighted; new books [More]

Ruth Barcan Marcus Passes Away

Ruth Barcan Marcus passed away on February 19th, 2012
Ruth Barcan Marcus passed away on February 19th, 2012 [More]

Listening to the Universe

The world demands a conversation. Enjoying life, even (maybe particularly) as a philosopher, requires give and take, a yielding of some control, an ability to let go and follow instead of lead.
The world demands a conversation. Enjoying life, even (maybe particularly) as a philosopher, requires give and take, a yielding of some control, an ability to let go and follow instead of lead. [More]

Isn’t Logic Great?

Rick Pimentel considers the practical aspect of logic and the dangers of reasoning fallaciously. We tend think philosophy is abstract and doesn't apply to real life. Rick argues that this isn't always the case.
Rick Pimentel considers the practical aspect of logic and the dangers of reasoning fallaciously. We tend think philosophy is abstract and doesn't apply to real life. Rick argues that this isn't always the case. [More]