Lies, truth, and meaning

Words have meaning. We use them to communicate to one another, and what we communicate depends, in part, on which words we use. What words mean varies from language to language. In many cases, we
Words have meaning. We use them to communicate to one another, and what we communicate depends, in part, on which words we use. What words mean varies from language to language. In many cases, we [More]

Seize the New Year

I know themes of “self-actualization” and “authenticity” have turned into pop-psychological nonsense in recent days but the nonsense is a bastardization of ideas that are not only sensical but essential, I think, for human thriving. In this passage, Frankfurt briefly unpacks Baruch Spinoza’s idea of love and joy as a catalyst for determining how we ought to orient our lives. [More]

Postmodernism and the Crisis of Meaning: A Way Out?

Postmodern thought has made the search for meaning and identity more difficult. Many scholars have searched for an oasis on the other side of despair including French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. In this IAI video, philosophers and a sociologist discuss whether his metaphor of desire provides a way out of the postmodern dilemma.
Postmodern thought has made the search for meaning and identity more difficult. Many scholars have searched for an oasis on the other side of despair including French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. In this IAI video, philosophers and a sociologist discuss whether his metaphor of desire provides a way out of the postmodern dilemma. [More]

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life? Take a quick survey and let us know what you think.
What is the meaning of life? Take a quick survey and let us know what you think. [More]

The Daily (Guest) Owl 9-29-2013

I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes)
I could care less about magicians in general. What I hate is people who exploit other people. . . . By taking advantage of their weaknesses. Their need to believe in something that's unexplainable in order to make their lives more bearable. (Dylan Rhodes) [More]

The Daily Owl 8-29-2013

"Whenever we say something, we don’t say exactly what was meant because we inadvertently say more and less than we meant due to the vagueness of language."
"Whenever we say something, we don’t say exactly what was meant because we inadvertently say more and less than we meant due to the vagueness of language." [More]

Manufactured Meaning

The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "OK. I'll be part of this world."
The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing
to die to even do this job. But I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have
to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "OK. I'll be part of this world." [More]

Religion and Polite Conversation

Should topics of religion be avoided in casual conversation? No, says Rick Pimentel in the latest article for Table Talk. Religion is a topic of “ultimate concern” as Paul Tillich argued and such topics should be discussed and debated. Many of us may avoid topics of religion is polite conversation b... [More]