Writing for your Audience (Rhetoric)

Hi all! Today’s post will cover writing for your audience. To most–if not all–of you, this will seemingly be no big deal. “I’m a student. My professor has to read my paper. Who cares about writing specifically for him/her?” I bet your professor does, even if he or she doesn’t explicitly say so. You know […]

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MMORPGs and Existentialism: What online gaming can teach you about Philosophy

Whether your game is Final Fantasy XI (or XIV), World of Warcraft, Eve Online, or any one of a number of growing massive-multiplayer-online-role-playing-games, then you know how enjoyable these games can be. For those who don’t play these games, the idea of spending hours, upon days, upon months in front of a computer monitor or […]

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Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein is by far one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. He is strongly associated with the birth of analytic philosophy, along with such notable figures as Bertrand Russell and Gottlob Frege (both of whom were close acquaintances of Wittgenstein). He was born to an enormously wealthy Jewish family in Vienna in […]

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Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer is a German philosopher who lived at the height of a philosophical period in Germany, known as “German Idealism.” German Idealism all started with Kant, whose way of thinking and conceiving reality also helped spark the sector of philosophy known today as Continental Philosophy. Schopenhauer’s conception of reality is one of the most […]

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“I have to Write HOW Many Pages?!” Or, Writing a Master’s Thesis

Well, I’m in my final semester of my MA; I’ve completed all my coursework and am just working on my final thesis. Depending on your MA program (or in some cases, BA program), you will most likely need to write a final culminating essay to illustrate some sense of mastery in a specific area in […]

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Existentialism and Phenomenology: an incredibly brief introduction

If one wants a thorough explanation of existentialism one must have some background in the less popularized field, phenomenology. For the most part, existentialism is a movement that developed out of phenomenology, but what is it? Developed in the early 20th century, phenomenology is (brace yourselves) the study of the structures of human consciousness from […]

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Close-Reading and How it Can Help You

Since I’m now teaching a college composition course, I thought (well, really my husband thought) it would be a good idea to incorporate some of the methods and topics I am teaching to my students to (un)E. So today’s post will reflect the first thing I’ve been teaching to my students—close reading. Close reading is […]

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What is This? A Post, Perchance?

So what up? I thought that may be a good way to start a post given I haven’t written in about FOREVER. But it’s fine, because this is my “personal” blog. I don’t need to feel guilty about not writing here. unE, on the other had, I feel really, REALLY badly about–especially when professors say […]

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Berkeley’s Idealism: God has it covered

The Bishop George Berkeley is known as one of the three great British empiricists and for first proposing one of the most interesting and unique ideas in philosophy. What if everything wasn’t really what it seemed? What if the so called matter you were walking on was nothing more than an idea? Sounds like an […]

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Aristotelian Ethics: Doing Good, and Feeling Good doing it

Aristotle was an ancient Greek philosopher who lived from 384 to 322 BCE. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest figures in the history of philosophy, with treatises spanning all the way from aesthetics to metaphysics. However, he is perhaps best known for his ethical system, which he expounds in the Nicomachean […]

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