Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English — Quartz. “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” goes the aphorism commonly attributed (perhaps mistakenly) to Sinclair Lewis.
The election of soon-to-be president Donald Trump suggests the prediction may turn out to have been only half-true. As Trump opponents nervously await his inauguration, many are wondering about how to discern the potential signposts of American fascism in the making. What legislative markers should we look for as the government trundles toward authoritarianism, dragging the world’s foremost attempt at democracy into at least four years of retrograde policy and pronouncement? With 2016 drawing mercifully to a close, it’s worth looking towards eastern Europe for a sense of what Washington, and those who would unravel liberal (as opposed to illiberal) democracy in America, may have in store. But Russia’s post-Soviet model of autocracy seems to appeal to the president-elect. Nypost. The Independent. IT HAS BEEN more than 10 years since the disaster at Hillsborough football stadium.
Ninety-six football fans were crushed to death that afternoon; yet the final victim, 17-year-old Tony Bland, didn't actually die there - at least, not technically. He was trampled so badly that his chest caved in and his lungs collapsed. Cut off from its oxygen supply, his cerebral cortex was destroyed within minutes. Four years later, this is how Lord Justice Hoffman described his condition: "Since April 15, 1989, Anthony Bland has been in a persistent vegetative state. List of fallacies. These are commonly used styles of argument in convincing people, where the focus is on communication and results rather than the correctness of the logic, and may be used whether the point being advanced is correct or not.
Formal fallacies Appeal to probability – is a statement that takes something for granted because it would probably be the case (or might be the case).Argument from fallacy – also known as fallacy fallacy, assumes that if an argument for some conclusion is fallacious, then the conclusion is false.Base rate fallacy – making a probability judgment based on conditional probabilities, without taking into account the effect of prior probabilities.Conjunction fallacy – assumption that an outcome simultaneously satisfying multiple conditions is more probable than an outcome satisfying a single one of them.Masked-man fallacy (illicit substitution of identicals) – the substitution of identical designators in a true statement can lead to a false one. Notes Works. Bertrand Russell: The Value of Philosophy. Chapter XV of The Problems of Philosophy Having now come to the end of our brief and very incomplete review of the problems of philosophy, it will be well to consider, in conclusion, what is the value of philosophy and why it ought to be studied.
It is the more necessary to consider this question, in view of the fact that many men, under the influence of science or of practical affairs, are inclined to doubt whether philosophy is anything better than innocent but useless trifling, hair-splitting distinctions, and controversies on matters concerning which knowledge is impossible. The Future of Feminism: An Interview with Christina Hoff Sommers. Christina Hoff Sommers Over the last decade or two, many women in the United States have distanced themselves from the feminist movement.
It appears that a growing number of them associate feminism with anger and hostile rhetoric and have therefore concluded that they are not really feminists. This was reflected in a recent Time/CNN poll which showed that although 57 percent of the women responding felt there was a need for a strong women's movement, a full 63 percent said they didn't consider themselves feminists. This fact is not surprising to Christina Hoff Sommers, author of the controversial polemic Who Stole Feminism: How Women Have Betrayed Women. Sommers contends that feminism has taken a wrong turn in recent years. Thomas Aquinas's Proof of God. One of the unintended but happy consequences of the emergence of the new atheism is a renewed interest in the classical arguments for God's existence.
Eager to defend the faith that is so vigorously attacked today, Catholic apologists and evangelists have been recovering these rational demonstrations of the truth of God; and the atheists, just as eager to defend their position, have entered into the fray. In the process, these ancient arguments, long thought by many to be obsolete, have found a new relevance and have been brought to greater clarity through the give and take of both critics and advocates.
Liberalism’s Beleaguered Victory. Greek to Me. Plato and Aristotle were famously different in their temperaments and political thought.
Plato was the radical revolutionary; channeling Socrates, his Republic presented a template of an ideal constitution. That ideal was to be imposed “top-down”, complete with a comprehensive discipline of austerity, common marriage, and common property for its guardian rulers, not to mention an avant garde take on a woman’s place in that ruling class. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat. The Book and AuthorThe TranslationLife Is a Gift from GodWhat Is Law?
A Just and Enduring GovernmentThe Complete Perversion of the LawA Fatal Tendency of MankindProperty and PlunderVictims of Lawful PlunderThe Results of Legal PlunderThe Fate of Non-ConformistsWho Shall Judge? Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Disasters and “the forgetting” [This is a slightly edited version of a piece that I wrote very early in my blogging career about the tsunami of January 2005.
It occurred to me to reprint it in light of the horrific earthquake in China.] We hardly hear about the tsunami anymore, although for a while it dominated the news. The tsunami was videotaped in a staggering variety of manifestations: from the tall towering waves of Japanese art, to rolling swells that almost resembled a normal tide coming in—except for the fact that this particular tide just kept coming and coming and coming. We viewed forlorn beaches where villages had once stood, and saw keening mourners whose anguish was almost unbearable to watch even on the small screen. Over and over, newspeople, relief workers, politicians, and officials declared this to be an unprecedented catastrophe. The Russell Kirk Center: Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk. By Russell Kirk.
The Foundations of Liberal, Western Civilization. Pin It! Libertarianism is a decidedly Western phenomenon, and it is more specifically an outgrowth of Western liberalism. In the current political milieu, “libertarian” really means little more than “liberal” meant when Smith published The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Despite Murray Rothbard’s attempts to establish libertarianism as a “new radicalism” that he hoped would attract hippies and the New Left, the left is probably right in portraying libertarianism as, in some sense, a reactionary movement.
Philosophy Basics for Atheists (i.e. morons) So I just read this truly stupid comment on tumblr in reference to my blog that historically any country that legally enforces atheism is far more violent and genocidal than nations that enforce other religions. . * Philosophy Is Not a Science. The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. For roughly 98 percent of the last 2,500 years of Western intellectual history, philosophy was considered the mother of all knowledge. It generated most of the fields of research still with us today. This is why we continue to call our highest degrees Ph.D.’s, namely, philosophy doctorates. At the same time, we live an age in which many seem no longer sure what philosophy is or is good for anymore. Most seem to see it as a highly abstracted discipline with little if any bearing on objective reality — something more akin to art, literature or religion.
Yet philosophy differs in a fundamental way from art, literature or religion, as its etymological meaning is “the love of wisdom,” which implies a significant degree of objective knowledge.