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Category: Philosophy

The Failure of Absolutism

“The Fascist State… is a force… which takes over all the forms of the moral and intellectual life of man” (Mussolini 1932, p.307). Fascism was an absolute form of government that arose in the 1920’s that placed heavy emphasis on…

Death Penalty: The Fallible System.

“Our system of criminal justice, for all its protections, is sufficiently fallible that innocent people are convicted of capital crimes with some frequency (United States v. Quinones, p. 466).  The morality of the death penalty has been hotly debated for…

Quotations

Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787

USA Marijuana for Profit.

It is obvious to many people that our nation is undergoing a change and we are trying to do so at a time of unparalleled debt. This can be a tricky thing to do. How can one manage the budget,…

Tea Party Fear and Hate.

Everyday I get more and more befuddled by the mess that we call the news. I am shocked to see so many people attack science, intellectualism and education. I am shocked to see so many people cling to pre-modern beliefs…

Avoidable

It is almost the 4th of July. It is getting hot outside and we had our first big thunderstorm of the year this past week. I love this time of the year. As we move forward celebrating another Independence Day…

To Float More Freely

I never took an economics course in college and this is something that I deeply regret. Recently, China announced that they would allow their currency (the Yuan) to float more freely. In their economy they have tighter controls and restrictions,…

The General Will

“Each of us puts in common his person and his whole power under the supreme direction of the general will” (Rousseau, p. 425).  What is in the best interest of society and who will lead the general will has been…

Existentialism and Being

Existentialism is the philosophy of existence; asking the question ‘why do humans exist?’ And existentialism critiques how humans conduct their lives.  These questions of existence and being are the focus of the philosophies of Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger.  Many…