Category Archives: Paper Topic

Can one Know that Something is Beautiful, but not Experience it?

Suppose someone approached you and said, “X is beautiful, but it’s a shame that I can’t experience it.”  Would that make sense to you? When it comes to beauty, there are two types: sensual and intellectual.  I’ll start with the … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 10/02/2011

Books Google puts the Dead Sea Scrolls online (in high resolution). Guide to fantasy and/or sci-fi books. Economics When it comes to economics, “we’re all Mormons now.” Studies show that when women take on their husbands’ last name, she gets … Continue reading

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Benatar: Why Coming Into Existence is Always a Harm

This is an essay clarifying Benatar’s argument on why coming to existence is always a harm.  I will be concentrating on his book, Better to Never Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence, particularly on pp. 30-49. This the … Continue reading

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If You Ever Feel Lonely…

…just keep in mind that you have a possible partner in some modal reality. This paper is seriously impressive.  I don’t think I have actually laughed at a philosophy paper before, but the myriad of possible girlfriends (with and without … Continue reading

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Wanna Find the Love of Your Life?

Heh.  Don’t come to me first of all.  But secondly, there’s a mathematical way to do so: Yeah, I’ll let you read it so you know what the variables stand for.  Looks like Aristophanes would be proud.

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today: 11/28/2010

Relationships and Sexuality In the Time Magazine this week, the headline cover was Who Needs Marriage? The results are quite interesting: the more educated and wealthy you are, the more likely you get married. Here are some more interesting stats … Continue reading

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Religion and Truth Claims

This is my first week at Marquette University and I’m already delved into the academic world.  So far this week, I’ve been reading a detailed analysis of Plato’s Euthyphro, Berlin’s Two Concepts of Liberty, and some excerpts from my philosophy … Continue reading

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Theories for the Middle East Conflict

As promised from a previous post, I would present some theories or models as to why there’s a huge conflict in the Middle East.  These aren’t my views.  They are views that I have picked up over time and have … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Culture, Economics, Experts, Global Warming, Government, Middle East, Paper Topic, Politics, Religion, Soldiers, Values, War | 4 Comments

First-Order and Second-Order Actions

Or maybe this post should be called “First-Order and second-order Thoughts”?  I’m not sure where I’m going with this but this could relate with existentialism, stoicism, action theory, free will vs. determinism, the self and identity, epistemology, and countless others.  … Continue reading

Posted in Epistemology, Existentialism, Paper Topic, Personal Identity, Psychology, Relationships, Stoicism | 5 Comments

Fighting For Freedom?

We often hear that we must “Fight for Freedom.”  It’s practically saturated everywhere in our culture, especially right after 9/11.  But what does this mean?  Well, this statement seems to have the assumption that we are fighting for x.  Now … Continue reading

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