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Philosophical sophistication in the Statesman

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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I was heartened to see that the Statesman is regularly publishing reflective essays by one of our Philosophy majors, Will Holloway. He has a thoughtful and thought-provoking essay on sex in today’s issue, and an earlier essay (which I had missed) on faith and curiosity. Way to go, Will! Fight the ever-advancing forces of thoughtlessness!


1 Comment

  1. Blood and Ashes says:

    I very humbly accept your praise, and should have done so much sooner. I’ve had enough people that I trust complement me on the column that I’m fairly sure they aren’t just being polite. My next one will appear this coming Wednesday and it will tie a few things together of the past few weeks of philosophical events and ponderings, or at least try to. Hopefully its as good. I eventually felt that I could keep on bitching about the lack of content in the Statesman or do something about it.


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