Category: philosophy

My Favorite Quote

    I  could fill many spiral notebooks with my favorite quotes. And I did so  over the many years I taught in parochial and public schools. Here is one I especially like because of how the author.,Ashley Montagu,  answers the perennial question, Nature or Nurture? “The evidence strongly suggests that it can no longer... Read more »

Epistolary wisdom from Thomas Jefferson to mark the 4th of July

  To Patrick Henry, March 27, 1779: “But is an enemy so execrable, that, though in captivity, his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.” To Peter Carr, August 19, 1785: “It... Read more »

Thoughts on building a neighborhood

  “We live in a world where everything is branded.” Sean Conlon, real estate developer, quoted in “Developers hoping ‘NoCa,’ ‘River South’ catch on: Companies planning residential projects on Near West, Near South sides launch efforts to brand areas, add new neighborhoods to city’s lexicon” from the Tribune’s Business section on May 13. “What unites... Read more »

For Dr. King's daughter following his footsteps is a fetish

  “I love shoes and I think, deep in their souls, many women have secret love affairs with shoes. Shoes are the ultimate accessory, and I think they allow a woman to make a true fashion statement about who she is and what sets her apart from other women.”  [Bernice King in an interview appearing... Read more »

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 »