Susanne Langer on Creative Philosophy in a New Key

by Jessica Manuel edited by O Society October 14, 2019 “The secret of fusion is the fact that the artist's eye sees in nature... an inexhaustible wealth of tension, rhythms, continuities, and contrasts which can be rendered in line and color." ~ Susanne Langer Susanne Langer (1895-1985) in her 1942 book, Philosophy In a New … Continue reading Susanne Langer on Creative Philosophy in a New Key

Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

Centuries before Albert Einstein, David Hume recognised universal time, independent of an observer’s viewpoint, doesn’t exist by Matias Slavov edited by O Society August 27, 2019 In 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the philosopher and physicist Moritz Schlick, who had recently composed an article on the theory of relativity. Einstein praised it: The Collected Papers … Continue reading Einstein Got His Understanding of Time from Hume

Hume-ans: Our Question is Humans

  Should we or shouldn't we? by O Society August 20, 2019 We turn to Hume for moral guidance. Why? Because  we need moral guidance to decide whether or not we should do things. Why? Because our leaders are not taught moral guidance in school at Harvard. No, they aren't. They are taught the prime … Continue reading Hume-ans: Our Question is Humans

The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself

The Word of the Day is Occam's Razor by Farnam Street edited by O Society August 4, 2019 Occam’s razor (also known as the ‘law of parsimony’) is a problem-solving principle which serves as a useful mental model. A philosophical razor is a tool used to eliminate improbable options in a given situation, of which Occam’s … Continue reading The Danger of Oversimplification: How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Cutting Yourself

Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

  Philosophy need not be arcane, argued Aristotle, as he led by example, writing treatises for peers and public alike by Edith Hall Aeon Feb In a democratic society, where, in theory, every citizen contributes to the process of deliberation – or at least to the choice of representatives who will deliberate on her behalf – … Continue reading Speak to the Shoemaker: Aristotle’s Public Example

What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn not real? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?

The Why of Reality by Nathanael Stein Aeon Feb 7, 2019 The easy question came first, a few months after my son turned four: ‘Are we real?’ It was abrupt, but not quite out of nowhere, and I was able to answer quickly. Yes, we’re real – but Elsa and Anna, two characters from Frozen, are not. … Continue reading What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn not real? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?

Liberty vs Monopoly

by Eric Posner and Glen Weyl  Radical Markets American Affairs Winter 2018 Over the last half-century, business interests and philosophical libertarians have formed a powerful alliance. Business leaders frequently claim to be libertarians and draw on the rhetoric of the free market to criticize government regulation. In turn, libertarians frequently defend businesses against what both groups see … Continue reading Liberty vs Monopoly