Archive for 2009

Three Headed Philosopher Heads for LVC

A mythical three-headed philosophical beast, composed of one part Lauren Fulner (2009), one part Andi Twiton (2008) and one part Anna Tibstra (2009) was seen at the summer, 2009 training session for Lutheran Volunteer Corps members.


Logicomix is a graphic novel about mathematics, logic, philosophy, war, Bertrand Russell, the Vienna Circle, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Godel’s incompleteness theorem. Oh, and Truth, with a very capital T. Despite that unlikely description, the work is a real page-turner. (I forced myself to ration my reading each night, to make it last.) You don’t have […]

This is your brain on podcasts

Philosophers with an interest in the philosophy of mind might want to ruminate on the idea of subscribing to The Brain Science Podcast, the creation of physician Ginger Campbell. Campbell describes the program as “the podcast for everyone who has a brain.” The show combines interviews with philosophers, psychologists and neurologists, with summaries of important […]

And I thought that empty chair was for Elijah!

What to do if you meet Rene Descartes.

Britain officially apologizes to Turing

According to the Times, British P.M. Gordon Brown has issued an official apology for the inhumane treatment it visited upon mathematician/philosopher and WWII codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing, who was gay, was convicted of “gross indecency” and forced to take female hormones. He committed suicide at age 41. Read the full article here: Britain Apologizes to […]

If Marx had to take out the trash….

In Memoriam Leszek Kolakowski

The Polish-born philosopher Leszek Kolakowski died July 17 at the age of 81. Theoretically, his work moved from Soviet-style Marxism, to Marxist humanism, to a view that eventually rejected Marxism altogether, on the grounds that it was guilty of all the sins of capitalism, plus a few of its own. His sizeable corpus includes everything […]

Philosophy Born of Struggle: upcoming conference

PBS09 “The Sixteenth Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference will address a variety of approaches to religion in contemporary society and particularly the interconnections between race, religious practices, and political action.” Proposals of 150 to 200 words are due by August 10. See the attached flyer for details.

Take that, Novalis!

For at least two centuries, people who ought to know better have been alleging that “philosophy bakes no bread.”  Google the expression, and you’ll find it (or a version of it) attributed to that wildly prolific philosopher, It Has Been Said. I found a hand-scrawled note to myself, claiming that Bertrand Russell says it in […]

Just in time for beach reading

Wondering what to read when you head to the ocean/lake/bathtub this summer? How about bringing along your waterproof laptop, so you can check out the theses produced this year by our six senior majors? Navigate on over to Summer is the perfect time for theory, don’t you think?