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  • Being a full-time Ph.D. student and dad has limited the amount of blogging I’ve been able to do recently. This spring, I finished my two years of class work in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, and am now moving into taking exams in the fall and then writing the dissertation. This summer I put together my committee and, with them, collaboratively constructed my exam reading list. This process was made somewhat challenging because my program is both interdisciplinary and usually focused on contemporary issues, which means it is difficult to base any list on past lists created by other scholars. […]

    My Exam Reading Lists for Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

    Being a full-time Ph.D. student and dad has limited the amount of blogging I’ve been able to do recently. This spring, I finished my two years of class work in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program, and am now moving into taking exams in the fall and then writing the dissertation. This summer I put together my committee and, with them, collaboratively constructed my exam reading list. This process was made somewhat challenging because my program is both interdisciplinary and usually focused on contemporary issues, which means it is difficult to base any list on past lists created by other scholars. […]

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  • Book Club: Economics of Attention Starting this week at Philosophy Matters, we’re going to be reading The Economics of Attention. Attention is something I’ve written about the importance attention before, and I think it’s a topic that’s important to philosophy. We need to have time to reflect if we’re even going to do philosophy. This book considers the importance of our attention in age of information overload: If economics is about the allocation of resources, then what is the most precious resource in our new information economy? Certainly not information, for we are drowning in it. No, what we are […]

    Book Club: Economics of Attention

    Book Club: Economics of Attention Starting this week at Philosophy Matters, we’re going to be reading The Economics of Attention. Attention is something I’ve written about the importance attention before, and I think it’s a topic that’s important to philosophy. We need to have time to reflect if we’re even going to do philosophy. This book considers the importance of our attention in age of information overload: If economics is about the allocation of resources, then what is the most precious resource in our new information economy? Certainly not information, for we are drowning in it. No, what we are […]

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  • The above image is from the Philosophy of Death and Dying course I taught at MGS in 2011. Quote of the day on board: “Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes, you’ll know you’re dead.” – Tennessee Williams Have scholars develop their own definition of happiness based on homework. Discuss answers. Watch Epicurus video: FIELD TRIP: CEMETERY Two modern views of death: deny it exists and don’t think about it due to fear OR think it’s no big deal and you don’t need to worry about it. But BOTH are misguided. We can use […]

    Philosophy of Globalization: Day 3

    The above image is from the Philosophy of Death and Dying course I taught at MGS in 2011. Quote of the day on board: “Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes, you’ll know you’re dead.” – Tennessee Williams Have scholars develop their own definition of happiness based on homework. Discuss answers. Watch Epicurus video: FIELD TRIP: CEMETERY Two modern views of death: deny it exists and don’t think about it due to fear OR think it’s no big deal and you don’t need to worry about it. But BOTH are misguided. We can use […]

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  • From an ethical perspective, I think most people – and most ethical theories – would tend to agree that fewer mass shootings and fewer gun murders would be a good thing. The problem, of course, arises when we discuss how to achieve that goal. I’ve written before about how rhetoric-filled memes work against that goal, so today I will try to take a critical look at the issues surrounding gun control with as much data and as little fallacious logic as possible. The Constitutionality of Gun Control At least in the United States, the very second any type of gun […]

    Rational Thoughts on Gun Control

    From an ethical perspective, I think most people – and most ethical theories – would tend to agree that fewer mass shootings and fewer gun murders would be a good thing. The problem, of course, arises when we discuss how to achieve that goal. I’ve written before about how rhetoric-filled memes work against that goal, so today I will try to take a critical look at the issues surrounding gun control with as much data and as little fallacious logic as possible. The Constitutionality of Gun Control At least in the United States, the very second any type of gun […]

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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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  • The trite: ‘She’s in a better place” or “It’s part of God’s plan” isn’t just bothersome to an atheist, it’s troubling to a theist as well. At times these sentiments serve not to comfort but rather serve only to keep one from entering into another’s pain or loss.  These sentiments may end up simply deflecting another’s pain instead of offering comfort. Certainly as a Christian to remember the Resurrection and the hope of a future glorious reunion with the deceased person is a helpful part of the grieving process but it shouldn’t be offered as a deflection of another’s expression […]

    Jesus Weeps at Death and So Should We

    The trite: ‘She’s in a better place” or “It’s part of God’s plan” isn’t just bothersome to an atheist, it’s troubling to a theist as well. At times these sentiments serve not to comfort but rather serve only to keep one from entering into another’s pain or loss.  These sentiments may end up simply deflecting another’s pain instead of offering comfort. Certainly as a Christian to remember the Resurrection and the hope of a future glorious reunion with the deceased person is a helpful part of the grieving process but it shouldn’t be offered as a deflection of another’s expression […]

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  • This post is the second in a series that was written by students in my introduction to philosophy course as an extra credit assignment. Today’s guest author is Kaley White.  Disney Movies: Still Teaching the Young at Heart I grew up in a house were we didn’t watch much television, that is until it came down to Disney Movies.  It was a special time where my entire family piled into the living room and would put on The Fox and the Hound, The Lion King, or Beauty and the Beast.  This is something I still do with my four, much younger, siblings.  […]

    Guest Post: Snow White and Philosophy

    This post is the second in a series that was written by students in my introduction to philosophy course as an extra credit assignment. Today’s guest author is Kaley White.  Disney Movies: Still Teaching the Young at Heart I grew up in a house were we didn’t watch much television, that is until it came down to Disney Movies.  It was a special time where my entire family piled into the living room and would put on The Fox and the Hound, The Lion King, or Beauty and the Beast.  This is something I still do with my four, much younger, siblings.  […]

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