Posts from the ‘Philosophy’ Category

  • An Open Letter

    An Open Letter

    October 29th, 2018 | Philosophy | journalpulp | No Comments

    On a dark autumn night in New Orleans, Amanda Henley, aged 29, who years before had lost her older brother to suicide, unexpectedly came across a staged and over-produced photo depicting a pornographically sexualized suicide. Her brother’s death had affected her profoundly — affected her in a way she’d never been able to articulate. She […]

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  • Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    Ayn Rand On Literature And Popular Fiction

    July 11th, 2013 | philosophy of art | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Just recently, I came across the following Q & A, which, whether you agree with it or not — and her name, I know, is either toxic or life-affirming (I’m not an objectivist, for the record, but I liked The Fountainhead) — you will almost certainly find as provocative and thought-provoking as I did. It’s […]

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  • What Is Philosophy?

    What Is Philosophy?

    April 7th, 2013 | Philosophy | journalpulp | 6 Comments

    The definition of philosophy — judging, at least, from very nearly every philosophical dictionary on the planet — has confounded philosophers for centuries, the concept being “too large,” it is sometimes said, to properly capture in concise fashion. Yet at the same time, in all branches of philosophy, minutia is cataloged to complete weariness. This […]

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  • Elegant Universe

    Elegant Universe

    March 3rd, 2012 | Philosophy | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    A reader writes: Dear Sir: You are reported to have said that there is no order or disorder in the universe apart from what man himself puts there — this in spite of your well-known preoccupation with a fluid and congruent universe. Can you tell us how you reconcile this, with regard in particular to […]

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  • A Novel Shouldn’t Make You Think, It Should Make You Shiver

    A Novel Shouldn’t Make You Think, It Should Make You Shiver

    February 27th, 2012 | philosophy of art | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    In a lecture he delivered at Cornell University, Vladimir Nabokov said this: “A work of art shouldn’t make you think, it should make you shiver.” And yet in reply to that one must ask: what about those of us who actually like for a book to make us think? What about those of us who […]

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  • What Is The Difference Between A Cynic And A Skeptic?

    February 9th, 2012 | Philosophy | journalpulp | 1 Comment

    Cynic and skeptic are often confused and often conflated, though in actuality the only thing they really have in common is that their provenance is philosophical. The difference between the cynic and the skeptic is the difference between epistemology and ethics. It is the difference between brain and body. Skepticism is an epistemological word. Cynicism […]

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