Shows tagged with : Aesthetics

  • August 18 : Life as a Work of Art
    We know what it means for a painting to be beautiful. But what about a life? Like great works of art, great people exhibit style, originality, and...
  • April 7 : Reading, Narrative, and the Self
    Reading is a lot of fun, especially narrative fiction – everyone loves a good story. But maybe there's more to it than that. Maybe everyone is, or at...
  • November 28 : Reading, Narrative, and the Self
    Reading is a lot of fun, especially narrative fiction – everyone loves a good story. But maybe there's more to it than that. Maybe everyone is, or at...
  • March 16 : The Philosophy of Hoops
    Basketball, an American invention but a world-wide phenomenon, is sometimes characterized as the most athletic and aesthetic of sports. What makes a...
  • November 4 : The Philosophy of Hoops
    Basketball, an American invention but a world-wide phenomenon, is sometimes characterized as the most athletic and aesthetic of sports. What makes a...
  • September 9 : The Value of Art
    An art lover will argue that art brings beauty to our surroundings and provides occasions for intellectual and emotional reflection. But those who...
  • September 9 : What Is Art?
    Anything someone wants to call art? Or are there some objective criteria, that not every instance of paint smeared on canvas and not every murder...
  • August 15 : Athletic Beauty
     Figure skating is athletic and beautiful.  How about a bone-crunching tackle?  Or a  spikes-high slide into second?  Or a...
  • April 25 : What is Art?
    Anything someone wants to call art?  Or are there some objective criteria, that not every instance of paint smeared on canvas and not every...
  • March 28 : The Philosophy of Hoops
    Basketball, an American invention but a world-wide phenomenon, is sometimes characterized as the most athletic and aesthetic of sports. What makes a...

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  • March 29 : Morality in a Godless World
    Belief in God is thought by many to be the only possible source of morality, such that without a God, “everything is permitted.” Yet godlessness is...
  • April 5 : The Nature of Wilderness
    Nowadays we think of wilderness as a fully natural environment that contrasts sharply with the designed and constructed environments in which we...
  • April 12 : The Art of Non-Violence
    We all hope for peace. Yet in the face of violence, it often seems the only recourse is more violence. Advocates of non-violence claim it’s not...
  • April 19 : Economics - Science or Cult?
    With the recent global economic crisis, many people wonder if our economic policies are built on sound principles or on dubious, unscientific claims...
  • April 26 : When Democracies Torture
    Torture is prohibited under international law and is widely considered a human rights violation. But despite the fact that 157 countries ratified the...
  • May 3 : Reincarnation - Past Lives, Future Selves
    According to Buddhist tradition, all people must suffer illness, aging, and death. Yet the universe is seen as a vast living entity, in which cycles...
  • May 10 : Unconditional Love
    According to Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.” But is love always unconditional? Should it be? If unconditional love...
  • May 17 : How Words Work - From Noise to Meaning
    Humans have an amazing capacity to communicate. By uttering sounds we are able to convey meaning to those around us. These noises we make take on...
  • May 24 : How Fiction Shapes Us
    A good novel can do many things. It can distract us from the humdrum of daily existence, stimulate our imaginations, and delight us with its creative...
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    Governments and other political institutions employ propaganda to sway public opinion, instill ideas, and exert a degree of control over people....

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