Is Niceness Enough?

This is going to be another ethical post. I will explore the role that niceness can or could have in acting morally. The goal will be to answer the title question, and if it is not enough can it at least play a central role, and what else might be required. I think of niceness … More Is Niceness Enough?

Is Realism Real?

In this blog post I will explore what realism entails, whether or not it is a valid claim in any domain. At the moment I have in mind four types of realism: Platonic, mathematical, scientific, and artistic. Platonic realism concerns where Plato’s forms or ideas resided. The forms were considered the true reality, where those … More Is Realism Real?

Can You Believe That?

This blog is my exploration of what belief is. I find that belief is multifaceted and admits of gradations. The philosophical study of beliefs comes under the field of study called epistemology (theory of knowledge), which is just one aspect of what makes up knowledge. Knowledge is usually defined as justified true belief. There are … More Can You Believe That?

Are You Sure?

Nope. “Ignorance is bliss.” “A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Not exactly, these aphorisms both depend on context. Ignorance might be bliss if you do not know about the child next door that is very sick. This bit of ignorance would save one a little emotional upset. Ignorance would not be bliss … More Are You Sure?