Celestial and Sexual: The Antipodes of Philosophy

First, do yourself a philosophical favor and watch the film "Agora" (2009). Now that you've seen it, I'm not worried about playing spoiler. Ok, even if you haven't had a chance to watch it yet, it's historical fiction, so just pretend I'm refreshing your memory concerning the social and spiritual upheaval in the 4th century [...]

Prophecy without profit

The prophet is beside himself, and breathes into history the words that will not be heard but by those with silent hearts, whose longing for a world more real reminds them daily of the night that has befallen us. Illusions are paraded as truth, and the people cheer. But does not everyone know with ever-increasing [...]

The Spirit of Philosophy

I am passionate about philosophy not because I desire answers to arbitrary questions or explanations of abstract problems. My passion arises because life, as given--as it at first appears to my everyday consciousness--is incomplete and unaccounted for. The reason for my existence has never been self-evident, and yet discovering this reason is the prerequisite of [...]

Basel on Fire

I arrived in Basel this morning after a very tiring (and very expensive) 2 days in London. I'll return to the English capital on better terms in a few weeks before I head back to the States, but I couldn't have been happier to leave it behind today. To make a long story short, Kel [...]