Author Archives: The Practical Philosopher

About The Practical Philosopher

I am a retired Philosophy professor. I taught philosophy for 43 years, and I would like to share some of what I have found pursuing the fascinating journey of philosophy.

Mortality

Well, I have completed the first protocol: 31 doses of radiation and 6 chemo sessions, all of them accomplished with very minimal side effects. I have a slight rash on my back from the radiation, occasional tightness in my esophagus, … Continue reading

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Life and Death

Sorry. I haven’t been around for a while, but I am back for now. Recently, Dec 11th, 2013 to be exact, I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in my esophagus, so I thought I would like to share some of my … Continue reading

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Now is the leverage point of all our power.

Now is the leverage point of all our power. Power is how things get changed from one state of affairs to some other state of affairs.  Hurricanes like Katrina are a result of the gathering together of moisture, clouds, humidity, … Continue reading

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Women, Babies and Careers

The “conventional wisdom” is that women will have to sacrifice some loss of career development if they take some time out to have a baby, and in all too many instances this is more true than not. There are questions … Continue reading

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Time

It’s not how much time you have; it’s what priorities you set. How often have we said or heard someone say, “If I only had more time, I could do “X” or “Y” or “Z.” Or they might have said, … Continue reading

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Solitude

Growing up as an only child with a father who worked six nights a week, and a mother who was often out in the evening,  being alone became for me the default state of my experience. It was being with … Continue reading

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Differences Among Us

Sometime after I began teaching philosophy I started using  “voting” as a  technique for getting the students more involved.  We outlined the different views for a given issue, and then everyone voted their position. It was a way of pressing … Continue reading

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