Ideas Have Consequences

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Metaphysics of Man and Broccoli

“I have taken more out of philosophy than any other class this year not only because it helps prep for university, but also gave me a lot to think about in the way I live my life. One of my favorite aspects of this course was metaphysics, as it opened my eyes to many possible answers to life’s burning questions, […]

The Eclipse of Happiness

Ideas Have Consequences: The Eclipse of Happiness I don’t think I’d be too far wrong in saying that most people in the Western world are not happy campers at the moment. Between the riots in Greece, the Occupy (Insert Town/Place Here) movement and all the real suffering caused by the economic crisis, it is fair to say that most people’s […]

Johnny Be Good … and Loving

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good … and Loving In my last article, I penned a story about Johnny and Sara that was meant to help make concrete the metaphysical and anthropological concepts that we have been discussing so far. Without further ado, let me provide an answer key to see if we’re on the same page. This key is […]

Johnny Be Good – A Test

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good – A Test Last week I was being interviewed one morning by Brian Patrick, host of Son Rise Morning Show [i] in Cincinnati, Ohio. We had been discussing my last article “Johnny Be Good” and admittedly the conversation was a bit abstract for 6:35 in the morning. Near the end of the interview Brian […]

Johnny Be Good – An Introduction

Ideas Have Consequences: Johnny Be Good – An Introduction Every day, in homes around the world and in every language, parents are ushering their children out the door and off to school, camp, a sleep-over or some other parent-free function with the time honoured exhortation: “Have fun and be good!” Some children, usually the older and more worldly-wise, will mutter […]

You, Your Conscience and Pinocchio

Ideas Have Consequences: You, Your Conscience and Pinocchio Every once in a while a news story crosses my path that makes me wonder who exactly is writing this series. Just as I’m reaching the time to discuss a particular topic something happens that coincides perfectly with it, illustrating wonderfully what it is that is being explained. This happens in the […]

The Philosophy of Sex

Ideas Have Consequences: The Philosophy of Sex Perhaps the only absolute statement you can make in our society which will not receive any disagreement is that human beings are sexual beings. No matter what a person’s political or philosophical point of view they are most likely to agree to the statement that human beings are sexual. In fact in some […]