Virtue Archive

  • Master Plans? In light of JustHeath’s post on some psychological studies to help live the good life in the new year, I thought I would follow-up with some suggestions from classical philosophy, mixed in with some of the experiences I’ve had over the past year, in order to think about how to make the best new year’s resolutions! An About.com article I read recently suggested that the offer a great master plan for guiding new year’s resolutions. The Stoics believed in one basic behavior: being good. People do this by, among other things, living according to nature, helping others, commitment […]

    How To Make The Best New Year’s Resolutions

    Master Plans? In light of JustHeath’s post on some psychological studies to help live the good life in the new year, I thought I would follow-up with some suggestions from classical philosophy, mixed in with some of the experiences I’ve had over the past year, in order to think about how to make the best new year’s resolutions! An About.com article I read recently suggested that the offer a great master plan for guiding new year’s resolutions. The Stoics believed in one basic behavior: being good. People do this by, among other things, living according to nature, helping others, commitment […]

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  • First, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s been quite the first year for Philosophy Matters, and today I’m thankful for the wonderful co-authors who contribute to this blog, the new friends we’ve made along the way, and the interesting discussion that we’ve been able to have! I’m also excited about what’s in store as we continue to grow next year. Recently, I was having a discussion with both LKAwesome and my parents about whether or not it made sense to essentially lie to children about the existence of Santa Claus for years on end. I’m interested in […]

    The Ethics of Santa Claus

    First, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It’s been quite the first year for Philosophy Matters, and today I’m thankful for the wonderful co-authors who contribute to this blog, the new friends we’ve made along the way, and the interesting discussion that we’ve been able to have! I’m also excited about what’s in store as we continue to grow next year. Recently, I was having a discussion with both LKAwesome and my parents about whether or not it made sense to essentially lie to children about the existence of Santa Claus for years on end. I’m interested in […]

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  • A new book explores the impact that a person’s media viewing habits can have on the quality of their life and ability to achieve happiness. WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 15, 2012 Meridian, Mississippi, USA – This November, author J.J. Sylvia IV has released the book “The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life,” available throughAmazon.com. This book focuses on the ways that viewing television can prevent one from living the good life. With degrees in both communication and philosophy, the author is able to bring these two fields together and make a convincing and thorough argument against […]

    The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life

    A new book explores the impact that a person’s media viewing habits can have on the quality of their life and ability to achieve happiness. WEBWIRE – Thursday, November 15, 2012 Meridian, Mississippi, USA – This November, author J.J. Sylvia IV has released the book “The Effects of TV: How To Be Happy and Live the Good Life,” available throughAmazon.com. This book focuses on the ways that viewing television can prevent one from living the good life. With degrees in both communication and philosophy, the author is able to bring these two fields together and make a convincing and thorough argument against […]

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  • Previously we’ve discussed that for Aristotle, living the good life means achieving a state of eudaimonia, or internal excellence, which is both hard to achieve and hard to lose once achieved. The good life consists of two types of excellence: character excellence, and intellectual excellence. What exactly is intellectual excellence, then? It’s phronesis, or rather, practical wisdom. If character excellence is what makes the goal correct, practical wisdom makes what leads to it correct. Practical wisdom, when combined correctly with character excellence, shows us the proper way to achieve our goals. Let’s look at a non-moral example to make this all a […]

    What is the Good Life (part 3): 3 Reasons Practical Wisdom Matters

    Previously we’ve discussed that for Aristotle, living the good life means achieving a state of eudaimonia, or internal excellence, which is both hard to achieve and hard to lose once achieved. The good life consists of two types of excellence: character excellence, and intellectual excellence. What exactly is intellectual excellence, then? It’s phronesis, or rather, practical wisdom. If character excellence is what makes the goal correct, practical wisdom makes what leads to it correct. Practical wisdom, when combined correctly with character excellence, shows us the proper way to achieve our goals. Let’s look at a non-moral example to make this all a […]

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  • Last time, we left off discussing Aristotle’s conception of the good life and how it requires reason to achieve excellence. For Aristotle, there are two kinds of excellence within man. The excellence most often discussed by scholars is that of excellence of character: Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by a logos and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect; and it is […]

    What is the Good Life (part 2): Excellence of Character

    Last time, we left off discussing Aristotle’s conception of the good life and how it requires reason to achieve excellence. For Aristotle, there are two kinds of excellence within man. The excellence most often discussed by scholars is that of excellence of character: Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by a logos and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect; and it is […]

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  • The toughest part of quitting my soda habit was the extreme desire internal desire to drink it. It often feels as if my brain is hard-wired and will never stop craving the yummy goodness that it sees as a soda. There are two situations that almost always give rise to these cravings: 1. Eating a meal 2. Doing any type of intellectual work, especially web design or writing The desire for an increase in calories caused by intellectual thinking has actually been well documented. On top of this simple desire, I find that the caffeine helps me to focus and be […]

    My Battle With Quitting Soda (Episode 2): On Willpower

    The toughest part of quitting my soda habit was the extreme desire internal desire to drink it. It often feels as if my brain is hard-wired and will never stop craving the yummy goodness that it sees as a soda. There are two situations that almost always give rise to these cravings: 1. Eating a meal 2. Doing any type of intellectual work, especially web design or writing The desire for an increase in calories caused by intellectual thinking has actually been well documented. On top of this simple desire, I find that the caffeine helps me to focus and be […]

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  •   I’ve often found that adopting new – and better – habits can be quite a challenge. The reason they’re likely not already a habit is probably because we don’t necessarily enjoy it all that much. However, one of the ways I’ve discovered that really helps me adopt a habit and take it to heart is to find some way to make it more entertaining to me. One of my recent goals, as part of an effort to continue getting into better shape, was to start eating more yogurt. I don’t hate yogurt, but it’s certainly not something that I […]

    Making Goals Fun: A Blueberry Yogurt Review

      I’ve often found that adopting new – and better – habits can be quite a challenge. The reason they’re likely not already a habit is probably because we don’t necessarily enjoy it all that much. However, one of the ways I’ve discovered that really helps me adopt a habit and take it to heart is to find some way to make it more entertaining to me. One of my recent goals, as part of an effort to continue getting into better shape, was to start eating more yogurt. I don’t hate yogurt, but it’s certainly not something that I […]

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  • I recently finished reading a book written by a friend with whom I went to high school. The book, Between Fear and Love SELF-WORTH: The Tie that Binds, was an interesting read. I didn’t know much about it when I started except for the description I had read, and it actually turned out to be a very different book than I thought it would be. I knew Lauren was working on her Ph.D. in psychology, and I think that’s most likely what led me to believe this was going to be more of an academic work. Instead, what I found […]

    On Fear (A quasi review of “Between Fear and Love SELF-WORTH: The Tie that Binds”)

    I recently finished reading a book written by a friend with whom I went to high school. The book, Between Fear and Love SELF-WORTH: The Tie that Binds, was an interesting read. I didn’t know much about it when I started except for the description I had read, and it actually turned out to be a very different book than I thought it would be. I knew Lauren was working on her Ph.D. in psychology, and I think that’s most likely what led me to believe this was going to be more of an academic work. Instead, what I found […]

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