Category Archives: Philosophy

The Heart of Islam

In the preface to his book, The Heart of Islam 1, Seyyed Hossein Nasr says: The world is thirsty for information about Islam, especially in America, yet this thirst has generally not been quenched with healthy water. In fact, a … Continue reading

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The Time Telescope

An inquiry into the logical structure of time travel, foreknowledge, future contingents and free will Fatalism and Free Will Determinism and fatalism are not quite the same, and there are different supposed versions of each. One version of fatalism is … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 4

The previous installment in this ‘About Evil’ series noted how Maximilien Aue, the narrator of Littell’s The Kindly Ones, managed to deny that Untersturmführer Döll was properly to be regarded as evil, despite his participation in exterminations as a guard … Continue reading

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A Characteristic of Freedom

Everyone knows what freedom is; everyone knows what it is to be free. That is until it is realized that distinctions such as freedom to and freedom from make it a bit more difficult to know what precisely the term … Continue reading

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Rejecting collective guilt

Hans Kundnani commented on a cover story in Die Zeit, which reported on attitudes among German teenagers toward the Nazi past. The general sentiment, it seems, was “Was geht das mich noch an?” (Perhaps “why would it still matter to … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 3

The previous installment in this series introduced the person of Ikonnikov from Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate and contrasted his character with that of Untersturmführer Döll in Littell’s The Kindly Ones. Both men are interesting in themselves, but Döll is … Continue reading

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A Characteristic of Truth

There are many theories pertaining to what precisely is a truth as well as what it is that makes a truth true, but none of that is what will be discussed here. Similarly, whether truths are propositions, facts, statements, or … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 2

(continued from here) In Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones, it is repeatedly, variously, and insistently noted how no person is of his own making, since each person finds himself in contexts, in situations which are forced upon him and which … Continue reading

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About Evil, Part 1

In Jonathan Littell’s controversial and award winning novel, The Kindly Ones (New York: HarperCollins, 2009), Maximilien Aue, the main character who had been a Nazi officer during World War II, asserts that the Nazi systematic mass slaughters of such non-combatants … Continue reading

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Philosophy as remedy

This is a revised version of some comments I wrote a few years ago, when I observed that it is increasingly common to read opinion pieces that propose an increase in the study of philosophy, logic and science in schools as … Continue reading

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