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After Work: the good life and post-industrial society Since the beginning of industrialized society, we have grown used to a certain form of life, a more rigid structure of day divided into work, family, and if we’re lucky, a bit of play. Industrialization and the growth of capitalism changed the way we had lived significantly, altering the typical… David R. Koepsell 10/14/14 3 10/18/14
Ideas, not Idols When various philosophical movements become too closely connected with particular personas, the results can be disastrous for fruitful areas of inquiry. Recently, Martin Heidegger’s “black notebooks” have been released, and the New York Times just published an excellent review which renews questions regarding his student Hannah Arendt’s view that we should separate… David R. Koepsell 09/29/14 3 10/07/14
Skepticism is a Humble Project, Not a Bold Stance Twenty one years ago this week I walked into my very first teaching assignment: full responsibility for the undergraduate course “Critical Thinking.” I was barely older than my students, just 24 years old, a graduate student in Philosophy in my second year of studies. Down the hall from my student… David R. Koepsell 09/02/14 1 09/11/14
Oh, the Humanity! The existentialists recognized that “existence precedes essence” and moved past the method employed by philosophers for eons: namely, the attempt to describe essences as though they could somehow be divorced from ourselves. At its worst, this tendency leads to a sort of Platonic idealism where nothing is real except essences.… David R. Koepsell 08/01/14 6 08/05/14
Science is not a Crime Recently, a Colombian masters student named Diego Gomez became the target of criminal charges. His crime: putting an academic article he did not author online at a site called Scribd. This case brings to mind the tragic death of Aaron Swartz last year. Swartz downloaded tens of thousands of academic articles from behind an… David R. Koepsell 07/25/14 2 07/25/14
In Defense of Academic Philosophy Ten years ago, when I was Executive Director for Secular Humanism at the Center for Inquiry, I was also involved with classroom teaching on a regular basis, though I was not a full time “academic.” Indeed, like many, I believed that academia was too cloistered, too uninvolved in matters of… David R. Koepsell 07/15/14 0
Has American Secularism Succeeded or Failed? I have, over the past 10 years, lived in radically different places governed by differing forms of secularism. In the U.S., where I grew up, secularism is purportedly enshrined in the Constitution—emanating from the First Amendment guarantee regarding the non-establishment of a state religion. Yet as we know, the U.S.… David R. Koepsell 07/09/14 12 07/12/14