Aging and the effect of Cartesian Mind-Body dualism.

From the New York Times Magazine: It is noteworthy how the medical field is so dominated by Cartesian Mind-Body Dualism! Overcoming the belief that the mind is separate from the body is a primary task of today’s intellectual class. The experiments highlighted in this article involved putting 75 year olds in an artificial environment replicating the 1950s and 1970s. All participants ended up behaving...

On the growth of the concept of “originalism”. From the NYTimes Book Review.

Excellent discussion of the influence of Scalia on the growth of the idea of originalism, a concept Ed Meese promoted in the 1980s. Main idea: the notion may be in the service of a need for certitude than rigorous jurisprudence. Link below. From the review. By JEFF SHESOL JULY 2, 2014 “More than any individual decision or dissent, the theory of “originalism” is likely to be his lasting mark....

The War on Free Will: Was Erich Fromm Right?

Since in my teens, I have observed Western thinkers and American as well arguing that free will did not exist and that life had no meaning. What struck me most was not the argument, but the judgment these individuals so often made towards the argument. There was often a sense of glee or elation that towards the claim that there was no meaningful freedom. From the article: “Aristotle’s...

From Thomas Nagel: The Core of ‘Mind and Cosmos’, in the Times Opinionator

It has been a fad of the deepest sort – a philosophical fad no less – for a bit more than a century now: trying to explain consciousness in terms of physical causes. The thing that has always annoyed me about this is that those who engage in this theorizing are bent on stressing that our theories about the world and our lives are not “objective”. The problem is that they use...

G.W. Leibniz, “The Monadology”, 1698: A new vision of the unity of the ‘part’ and the ‘whole’

One of the philosophers who gave philosophic voice to my “sense” of God in the universe as well as my general romanticism/idealism was G. W. Leibniz, the German philosopher from the 1600s. In 1698 he wrote a text titled “The Monadology”. A “monad” for Leibniz is a term he gave for the “parts” of the universe as reflecting the entirety of the universe in them, e.g. God. This sensibility...

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