Does personhood belong exclusively to human beings, or do animals have some of the moral characteristics of personhood too? This is an ethical blog. I intend to explore how we should treat animals, most particularly those that have some obvious kind of consciousness. At the same time I will investigate what personhood might be or … More Is Baxter a People Too?
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?
The concept of human flourishing began with the Greeks and the word they used was eudemonia. According to The Basics of Philosophy web page on the word, it “is a moral philosophy that defines right action as that which leads to the “well-being” of the individual . . .” The word is often defined in English as “happiness;” although, it would … More What is Human Flourishing?
Is it pompous of me to give an answer to this question? Or, is it preposterous? Either way, what could I say, since so many have made the attempt before me, no one seemingly agreeing, at least not completely, with each other? So, allow me to babble on a bit. My first and foremost answer … More What Is Philosophy?
Me in my apron The smart-alecky answer is I would starve. As with anything I write there are multiple reasons at play, and this is true of my cooking and baking. Some of the reasons are: it is an activity I enjoy very muchly; it is a challenge; it is a way to explore my creativity; … More Why Do I Cook and Bake?
Aristotle had a theory of ethics that focused on what is called virtues. His virtues included courage, benevolence, and temperance. Within this theory was a theory of the mean. The basic idea is that each virtue is a mean (or halfway point) on a continuum. One example is bravery. It is situated between cowardice and … More What Did Aristotle Mean?
As a bit of background, I have bipolar disorder with almost all of my issues concerning the depression side. I also have suffered from general anxiety. Fortunately, I am doing quite well, well enough to consider myself as mentally well. About five years or so ago I started on the path to this state of … More Is Life a Financial Transaction?
This piece is part logical and part fantasy. The logical part covers existence proofs for Santa Claus. The fantasy part explores how Santa Claus might do some of the things he is said to do. I will say right from the start that I believe in Santa Claus (sometimes I will refer to him as … More Does Santa Claus Exist?
When I was born they opened the box, and the pieces of my life came tumbling out. The weird thing was not all the pieces were there, and some of the pieces were already connected, just like when a brand new jigsaw puzzle box is opened. As a newborn and growing baby I had a lot … More Is Life a Puzzle?
I just heard that the average child asks 144 questions a day. It’s a good day when I ask a question. Have you asked a question today? My girlfriend, not to long ago, called me a question mark. It seems that I can’t help but ask questions. My Maxim – The Only Good Answer Is … More A Questioner’s Journey: My First Blog