Or, There and Back Again This is the story about my “spiritual journey,” or not, so far.* I started out life as an agnostic, as I believe all of us have, and fell into being an atheist by default. Then, there was a relatively brief period of belief, and finally I once again became an … More How Did I Get Here From There?
A couple of Baxter’s Christmas time activities. Of course, cats do not ask questions, but I ask them for them. Well, Baxter for the most part. And, I do much more than that; I attach all sorts of intentions (belief, feelings, wants, etc.) to him. But, this question comes up fairly often. You put something … More “What’s That Doing There?“ asked the Cat.
[Preface: This is my second Christmas blog post, and hopefully it will turn into an annual event. My first blog was Does Santa Claus Exist?.] The first thing I will say is that the meaning of Christmas to an atheist definitely does not include the pious rhyme: “Jesus is the reason for the season.” This … More What Can Christmas Mean to an Atheist?
Or, at least a definition that is satisfactory to me. In this post I will explore what I think are two definitions of spirituality. The first definition I came up with (back in the early 1990s) is spirituality is the search for order. As a teaser, this would be close to the popular*¹ Einsteinian version … More Can Spirituality Be Defined?
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?