It’s 1,000 years before the common era in the city-states now known as Greece and Italy. You know that Poseidon, god of the sea and brother of Zeus, requires you to appease him if your crops and fishing boats are to survive from harvest to harvest. But this morning, there was an earthquake. You know he can’t be happy, but you also can’t figure out what you did to upset the old Earthshaker this time. What do you do? … More Earthshaker
Even with the knowledge of the origins of philosophy, it is easy to wonder whether or not science isn’t the natural successor of philosophy, thereby rendering philosophy redundant. If we’ve established that the figures we think of as philosophers were actually scientists, then science should be a sufficient outlet for human cognitive expansion, right? … More Ten-Thousand Things
Since we have been able to write our thoughts down and communicate them to other people, we’ve been desperate to cope with the meaning of the world around us and our place in it. We are homo sapiens (literally “wise men”) and this search for meaning defines us. … More What Is Philosophy and Why Does It Matter?