March 2007

Wanting More Life

  Nobody wants to die.  Well, that's not exactly true.  Some people do commit suicide in moments of deep despair.  And many would rather die than live on in interminable and unbearable pain.   I bet hardly anyone, if you asked them in advance,  would say "Even if I sink into a persistent vegetative state,  keep me alive.  Better to live on as a vegetable than to die."

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Afterlife

David Hume died in August, 1776, at the age of 65 --- rather young, by my standards (I'm 64) but not unusually so for that age, I guess.  The death is well-documented in literature.  Realizing that he was dying, Hume wrote his short, charming Autobiography.  His student and friend Adam Smith wrote a moving account of Hume's last days.  And, most interesting for our purposes, his fellow Scot James Boswell, most famous for his biography of Dr.

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Why I am not a Wittgensteinian

Many regard Wittgenstein as perhaps the greatest philosopher of the 20th century. I don't share that view. But there's no denying that, for a man who published only one book during his lifetime -- a book that he later basically repudiated -- he really did have a tremendous impact on 20th century analytic philosophy. Indeed, Wittgenstein has to be regarded as one of the great founding fathers of 20th century analytic philosophy, especially of the so-called linguistic turn in philosophy.

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SHOUT OUT NOW!

Dear Philosophy Talkers: I'm opening this blog entry for you to shout questions and comments for our SHOUT OUT show that will air later today. We'll monitor our e-mail as usual, but we'll also monitor this blog. You can shout to us, to each other, to the world. Tell us what's on your mind? What philosophical problems keep you awake at night? Where would you like to see Philosophy Talk go in the coming year? We really are eager to hear from you. Ken

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A Philosophical Shout Out

A Philosophical Shout-out, April 1st For pledge week at KALW we've decided to do something different: we're having a Philosophical Shout-Out, and we want you to join in too. Here's you chance to tell us what's on your mind. Tell us about your favorite philsophical ideas and puzzles. Stump the philosophers with a conundrum to solve, match wits with Ian Shoales, and wander down the philosophical highways and byways with our Roving Philosophical Reporters. Here's How:

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