Taking Responsibility Personally

Presentation to the Participants of the International Conference on Women Phenomenologists on Social Ontology at the University of Paderborn, Germany February 13, 2016 There’s an anecdote about Hannah Arendt’s American students asking her in the 1960s if they ought to cooperate with labour unions in opposing the war in Vietnam. And Arendt replied, “Yes, because […]

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“Be not afraid!” -except of this…

Here’s a short paper I wrote for my class on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics: Throughout his entire pontificate, John Paul II proclaimed, “Be not afraid!” But, speaking to university students in Krakow, he exhorted them to be afraid of two things: thoughtlessness and pusillanimity.[1] Thoughtlessness is fairly commonsensical. Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the relationship between thoughtlessness […]

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Metaphysics – What it is and why it matters

Here’s a short paper I wrote for my Introduction to Classical Philosophy class: Recently, the Alberta Government released an 18-page document titled, “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions.” The anonymous authors of this document state: “For the purpose of accommodating the diverse needs of […]

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