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 9-15-2013

I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes)
I realized that it was necessary, once in the course of my life, to demolish everything completely and start again right from the foundations if I wanted to establish anything at all in the sciences that was stable and likely to last. (Descartes) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-14-2013

"All the prejudices I here undertake to expose depend on this one: that men commonly suppose that all natural things act, as men do, on account of an end; indeed, they maintain as certain that God himself directs all things to some certain end, for they say that God has made all things for man, and man that he might worship God." (Spinoza)
"All the prejudices I here undertake to expose depend on this one: that men commonly suppose that all natural things act, as men do, on account of an end; indeed, they maintain as certain that God himself directs all things to some certain end, for they say that God has made all things for man, and man that he might worship God." (Spinoza) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-13-2013

"Death is the event in life. It is our chief organizing principle. It's why we rush and why we dawdle. Why we butter-up our bosses and fawn over our children. Why we like both fast cars and fading flowers. Why we write poetry. Why sex thrills us. It's why we wonder why we are here." (Russell Shorto)
"Death is the event in life. It is our chief organizing principle. It's why we rush and why we dawdle. Why we butter-up our bosses and fawn over our children. Why we like both fast cars and fading flowers. Why we write poetry. Why sex thrills us. It's why we wonder why we are here." (Russell Shorto) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-12-2013

"If two persons picture the same thing, each still has his own idea." (Frege)
"If two persons picture the same thing, each still has his own idea." (Frege) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-11-2013

“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole)
“Just note the fact that we no longer build Gothic cathedrals; instead we spend considerable resources building research hospitals and in the same manner, physicians have replaced priests as figures of authority.” (Toole) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-10-2013

“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant)
“The cleverest defenders of faith are its greatest enemies: for their subtleties engender doubt and stimulate the mind.” (Durant) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-9-2013

“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal)
“We can speak of Kant as the first post-Kantian to try to rescue the deist project.” (Wesphal) [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]

The Daily Owl 9-5-2013

“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.”
“If the world is ambiguous, it is because those of us who live in it are faced with a number of interpretations of it, and of ourselves, that are each capable of rational support, and which are each held by people who need not have violated any doxastic obligations in adhering to them.” [More]