Posts in category "philosophy"

Advice To Graduates in 10 Easy Steps

  Now is the time of year when everybody and his grandmother are giving advice to graduates.  So why shouldn’t I ? What follows are 10 bits of advice from the  quotes I had my students record at the outset of every school day. 1, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at... Read more »

Rene Descartes: Beyond a Doubt a Seminal Philosopher

Today was born Rene Descartes, Who once was asked, “Tell why thou art?” With courtesy he said, “Madam, I think,  therefore, I think,  I am.”

Albert Einstein: He Apologized to Isaac Newton

Born on this day was Albert Einstein, A genius whose theories define Space-Time’s proclivity For  Relativity.   Special Theory of Relativity (1905)- “The special theory of relativity can be put in a nutshell: It is not possible to measure uniform motion in any absolute way. If we are on a smoothly, uniformly moving train, we... Read more »

Arthur Schopenhauer: The Guru of Grief

Born today was Schopenhauer Whose world view was downright sour. An endless circle of desire Until  in turn we all expire. “Where contemporaries such as Hegel saw will as a positive force, Schopenhauer sees humanity at the mercy of a mindless, aimless universal Will. It lies behind our most basic urges, he insists, and is... Read more »

Isaac Asimov: I, Renaissance Man

Born today was Isaac Asimov. To his memory I bid a fond mazel tov. Prolific author of fiction and non- Somewhere, I wonder, if he’s writing on. I won’t pretend to be objective about Isaac Asimov. I may have read more of his books than any other author’s.  He wrote more than 500 of them. ... Read more »

Mortimer J. Adler: "The Great Bookie"

  Born today was Mortimer Adler Who discoursed on the Great Books like that of the sad Lear. On the substance of  matter and form that define us, On wise Aristotle and my favorite Aquinas. “If you are reading in order to become a better reader, you cannot read just any book or article. You will not... Read more »

Friedrich Nietzsche: Patron Saint of Paul Ryan?

Born today was Friedrich Nietzsche Whose Zarathustra’s kind of preachy. Old values, he rejected them* And wrote for God a requiem. “Nietzsche’s next step is to attack our existing values and to assert that we ought not to want to preserve them in any case. What enabled human beings to emerge from the animal state,... Read more »

John Locke: Philosophical Architect of the American Creed

Born today  philosopher John Locke, In whose ideas our founding fathers put stock. He wrote of the rights of life and liberty, whence The  Declaration of Independence.* “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit... Read more »

Robert Ingersoll: "The Great Agnostic"

Born today was Robert Ingersoll Who didn’t believe in God at all. He once wrote hands that help convey More holiness than lips that pray. Tag Line:  “If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he... Read more »

John Venn: A Circular Mind

Today was born John Venn, One of those mathematically brilliant men. Sorting apples from oranges, jellies from jams Is more easily done with his diagrams.* *