The way we think about school shootings (and mass shootings in general) may be flawed; and a flawed diagnosis results in the wrong treatment. In this intellectual sketch, I offer a different take on the diagnosis.
Having covered the responsibilities of students in the previous post, it’s time to shift focus to educators. It should be…
Does being a student have obligations and responsibilities? If so, what might these be, and why?
Education is murder – literally!
Why does philosophy matter? Does it matter? I’d like to think so, and I’d like you to think so as well. Here’s a good reason to do so.
Even in this age of “unique” individuals, the problems noted back as far as 1500 BC (or earlier) continue to plague us as a society. Blind following necessitates the surrender of reason, and thus negates our humanity, as we try to fit into our surroundings.
Being able to differentiate between reaction and response in arguments is generally the difference between winning and losing.
Telling the truth is not only a matter of good manners, it is also the key to making communication and civilization possible. By understanding the role of truth-telling in communication, the problems of lying are revealed to be far deeper than they come across at first blush.
Actions have consequences. Military actions have very big, wide-ranging, and long-lasting consequences. However, military actions are ultimately within our control. Who we vote for, what we vote for, what we support and what we condemn, are all elements that directly shape our ideas of the military and its use. Understanding these issues is a necessary part of functional democratic participation, as well as an ethical engagement with the world.
In his May 18 article for the RAND blog (ISIS: Weakened but Still Potent), Collin P Clarke delivers an assessment…