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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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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The JTB Account and The Gettier Problem

Knowledge is traditionally defined in philosophy as Justified True Belief. The truth condition is necessary because it seems impossible to know something false; for instance, I may believe that I am an extraterrestrial, but philosophers don’t want to say that I know it. The belief condition is, of course, necessary because philosophers want to avoid […]

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Duty to Survive

I’ve often noticed the contempt people express for those who kill themselves, but have been struck by its restriction to the abstract. In other words, you hear people condemning “people who commit suicide”, but rarely do you hear them condemn a particular person for the act.  Perhaps this is merely a reflection of social tact, […]

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iPad=iSad

Well, the day has come and gone. Apple showed us the new and miraculous thing that BGR claimed “changes the course of history.” Bull, I say. Now I know I’m probably going to get ripped to shreds by the iFans, but stick with me here. I have some honest concerns about the iPad, and if […]

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Book Talk: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

Thank God for this blog. Seriously, I couldn’t just rant about a book on unE, because that’s not what unE is for (although I tried a little bit, with my Master’s Musings column, but I couldn’t bring myself to adding my personal emotions and ideas to my professional “work” site). This post is going to […]

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The Regress Argument tnemugrA ssergeR ehT

The regress argument (or the argument of infinite regress) is a philosophical concern held in epistemology. The worry follows from the structure that we use to arrive at justified beliefs, namely that every conclusion requires a premise. In other words, when you ask someone how he/she arrived at a given conclusion you expect them to […]

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The “Gamer” Tag

A couple months ago, I was with some of my English buddies and I used the word “ninja.” I did not use it as a noun, I used it as a verb–meaning “to steal,” saying something along the lines of “I totally ninja-ed that cupcake.” I gasped and covered my mouth. My gamer girl was […]

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RPGs vs. MMORPGs: A Quest to Find a Satisfying Ending

I was having a mini-discussion with my ex-co-lead from Warhammer Alliance about his new blog and a post he was working on, which discusses endings in various forms of media. Ironically enough, this is a topic I bitch about incessantly to my husband, particularly when we play MMOs. In an MMORPG, you are not the […]

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Skepticism?

Skepticism refers to a school of thought categorized by rational doubt. In philosophy, the type of skepticism usually referenced is epistemic skepticism, which is what we will focus on here. This consists in doubting that we have knowledge about the world; in fact, it can even be viewed as asserting that we can’t have knowledge […]

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