M.Leddy + philosophy   28

“It wears a person out”
Mrs. Fosdick offers an addition to the philosopher H.P. Grice’s principles of conversation. From Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Fir.
fiction  philosophy 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
“If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.”
comics  philosophy  Wittgenstein 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
Nancy, philosophe
Nancy is right there with Blaise Pascal.
comics  Nancy  philosophy 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Stanley Cavell (1926–2018)
Stanley Cavell on watching tragic drama: “Now I can give one answer to the question: Why do I do nothing, faced with tragic events?”
drama  philosophy 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
The sense of wonder
Joseph Pieper: “To perceive all that is unusual and exceptional, all that is wonderful, in the midst of the ordinary things of everyday life, is the beginning of philosophy.”
june 2018 by M.Leddy
Politics and theory
If I doubt the reality of Donald Trump’s lost “great” America, it’s not because of “critique.” It’s because I’m aware of too many elements in our history — call them facts — that contradict any simple claim to greatness.
philosophy  politics 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Destruction, degree by degree
Getting rid of philosophy, etc. The present (manufactured) budget crisis in Illinois offers an easy excuse for “flexibility,” really another name for destruction.
Illinois  education  philosophy  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
On ambition
The philosopher Mark Kingwell on ambition.
advice  life  philosophy 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Quandaries 101; or, why I wouldn’t reschedule an exam because of a ballgame
I would invoke a remembered-from-a-philosophy-class version of Kant’s categorical imperative.
philosophy  teaching 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
I can’t get no satisfaction
From William B. Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.
life  philosophy 
may 2014 by M.Leddy
Stoic-colored glasses
From William B. Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy.
life  philosophy 
may 2014 by M.Leddy
“When I was in grad school, in the mid-1980s, reading lots of ‘theory,’ the Dickensian name Grice was much in the air.”
september 2013 by M.Leddy
Michael Oakeshott on higher education
How to know when a university has ceased to exist.
education  MichaelOakeshott  philosophy 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
“Give her a little Rimbaud”
From Route 66: “Be the intellectual. Change of pace. She’ll never see it coming. It’ll dazzle her. Tell her you’re an existentialist.”
philosophy  poetry  Route66  television 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
More Wittgenstein
Michael P. Lynch replies to Paul Horwich.
LudwigWittgenstein  philosophy 
march 2013 by M.Leddy
“Was Wittgenstein Right?”
Paul Horwich on Ludwig Wittgenstein: “[T]he usual view these days is that his writing is self-indulgently obscure and that behind the catchy slogans there is little of intellectual value. But this dismissal disguises what is pretty clearly the real cause of Wittgenstein’s unpopularity within departments of philosophy.”
LudwigWittgenstein  philosophy 
march 2013 by M.Leddy
Frankfurt on bullshit
Philosopher Harry Frankfurt: “For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false.”
philosophy  truth 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Abby and Austin
Dear Abby and J.L. Austin on promises.
philosophy  words 
february 2012 by M.Leddy
M.A. Numminen sings Wittgenstein
Finnish artist Mauri Antero Numminen set to music excerpts from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
LudwigWittgenstein  music  philosophy 
june 2011 by M.Leddy
“Trapped” (xkcd)
The comic strip gets all philosophical.
comics  philosophy 
march 2011 by M.Leddy
Seeing a chip-clip as a duck-rabbit
philosophy  LudwigWittgenstein 
may 2010 by M.Leddy
Pre-Socratic fragment
Democritus, pencil on cardboard
family  philosophy 
july 2009 by M.Leddy

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