The great discoveries of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have not only changed the world in which we operate, they have revolutionized our understanding of the world – or worlds – that exist, or may exist, just under our noses: the reality that lies hidden until we are brave enough to search for it.

This is why philosophy and theology are ultimately incapable of addressing by themselves the truly fundamental questions that perplex us about our existence. Until we open our eyes and let nature call the shots, we are bound to wallow in myopia.
—  Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist
…it is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.
—  Vincent Van Gogh

You may not give a Kripke about philosophy or be able to Haack all that heavy thinking, but there’s more than one Engel when trying to Goethe heart of what philosophy is all about. So before you decide to Bayle on the whole thing, why not Popper over to our World Philosophy Day list?

I wanted to slip a Foucault in there, but the legal team said I Kant.

Reading Adam Weinstein’s Fortress America this morning, I was stunned to see this story for a few reasons. First, of course, was the amazing good fortune of a student who narrowly avoided being injured or killed during yet another horrific campus shooting.

But then I looked closely at the photos and noticed two things:

  1. Philosophy saves lives: students should read more philosophy; and
  2. The book that saved this student’s life was written by a colleague of mine from the Classics department here at the University of Nebraska.

I know the standard NRA line on this sort of thing is that we all just need more guns on campus to protect ourselves. But I think this proves pretty clearly that what we really need are more copies of Stephen Lahey’s book on Wyclif.

I’m obviously being ridiculous about all of this. But that’s mostly because it’s extremely difficult to wrap my mind around yet another campus shooting.