In Defense Of The Essay: Writing As Introspection

In Defense of the Essay: Writing as Introspection

In a digital age that's diluted the essay's reputation, the craft's function is best given by a description of the essay's originator, Michel De Montaigne: “Montaigne [puts] not self-satisfied understanding but a consciousness astonished at itself at the core of human existence...” The essay is an attempt at fleshing out this astonishment.
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Making Sense Of Things: The Irresolution Of Existing

Making Sense of Things: The Irresolution of Existing

Each of us are set down here at some point or another, bewildered, greeted by the eerie feeling that things are already sorted out, that sense has already been made of life, and it’s us who aren’t yet acclimated...and yet nonsense prevails
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Imaginative Philosophy: Richard Rorty On Philosophy As Poetry

Imaginative Philosophy: Richard Rorty on Philosophy as Poetry

Richard Rorty’s Philosophy as Poetry envisions a philosophy concerned with human progress — rather than metaphysical unknowables — driven by imagination...
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An Encounter With Annie Dillard’s Meditation

An Encounter with Annie Dillard’s Meditation

Meditation is like a new set of glasses, or rather, it’s like removing your eyeballs altogether and relearning how to navigate a dark world...This is how I feel reading Annie Dillard, happening upon unexpected fragments of the sublime...
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Would Camus’ Sisyphus Want Basic Income?

Would Camus’ Sisyphus want Basic Income?

An essay exploring Albert Camus' "The Myth of Sisyphus" to make a philosophical case for Basic Income, and ultimately for the "impulse to consciousness"...
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Making A Living As Making A Life: Thoreau On Work & Life’s Real Business

Making a Living as Making a Life: Thoreau on Work & Life’s Real Business

A lot has changed over 200 years. But perhaps even more remarkable is what’s stayed the same: we work a lot. Thoreau, Russell, Keynes, even Joe Biden weigh in on the evolving role of making a living in making our lives...
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Rediscovering Progress: The Fading Philosophy Of Economics

Rediscovering Progress: The Fading Philosophy of Economics

It’s the ability to choose one’s own vision, as opposed to one of necessity, that the American idea can aspire towards. The purpose of economics is to render itself irrelevant. That economic concerns will progressively cease to usurp the existential stage, making way for the creative, imaginative, or even quaintly mundane modes of existence chosen by each individual seems the backbone of any collective truly interested in liberty...
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Contemplative Economics: Towards A New Model Of ‘Self’-Interest

Contemplative Economics: Towards a New Model of ‘Self’-Interest

Contemplative insights are threatening to disrupt a deep tenet of economic mentalities: self-interest. If the self does not exist as a real entity in the world, but is a bundle of cognitive processes, then is acting in our own self-interest to act on illusory grounds? If all things are interconnected, then self-interest is necessarily interdependent...
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The Forms They Are A-Changin’, But It’s The Same Old Unknown

The Forms They Are a-Changin’, but It’s the Same Old Unknown

In humankind’s perennial quest for wisdom, truth, and reality, we’ve employed myriad methods - forms - of inquisition into what lies beyond conditioned experience – experience in the raw, or the murky depths of human subjectivity in which we hope to find some redemptive experience of the unknown...
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Solipsism’s Younger Brother: Schopenhauer’s Prism Of Consciousness

Solipsism’s Younger Brother: Schopenhauer’s Prism of Consciousness

Schopenhauer writes, "every man is pent up within the limits of his own consciousness, and cannot directly get beyond those limits any more than he can get beyond his own skin.” But is this the case? Or are there moments that rip us right out of that skin, into the fields of Socratic Wonder...
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