Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Physics and Free Will

August 24, 2010

American Philosopher, David Sosa in Waking Life (2001).  Breaks down the challenge of assessing free will in a world that is governed by strict physical laws.  Can free will even exist within the framework of contemporary physical theory?  If not, where does that leave us?

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Cultural Capitalism, Charity, & Starbucks

August 9, 2010

Renowned philosopher, Slavoj Zizek lays out a picture of the contemporary consumerist.  How did we create a world in which the simple purchase of a cup of coffee requires the acceptance of significant ethical duties?  Does altruism actually create poverty?  Is charity inherently beneficial? 

His answers are surprising.