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Monday, September 12, 2016

Public philosophy etc.

3 Quarks Daily (@3QD)
Two Paradoxes of Public Philosophy: by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse
These days there is a nearly con... bit.ly/2ckatCz

...Maybe Socrates provides a non-paradoxical model of public philosophy. He professed no knowledge, and he avoided abstruse inquiry. Yet he was public engaged. Perhaps, then, the current call for public philosophy is best understood as a prescription for a return to a more Socratic mode of philosophical practice? Note, however, that Socrates' dialectical methods require great swaths of time, not to mention a great deal of intellectual stamina. Note further the irony that our affection for Socrates and his mode of philosophizing arises not for our encounter with the man himself, but by way of studying Plato's texts, which we probably first encountered in a classroom led by an academic philosopher. - See more at: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2016/09/two-paradoxes-of-public-philosophy.html#sthash.2zckxrIk.dpuf
Tom Butler-Bowdon (@tombutlerbowdon)
On just about every measure the world is getter better. Amazing stats from economist Johan Norberg. econ.st/2bCnjyr via

British Museum (@britishmuseum)
The Battle of Marathon was fought #otd in 490 BC. Find out how it inspired the modern race: ow.ly/Y9OA3041nW1pic.twitter.com/e6ivCqtTDr

Alan Watts (@AlanWattsDaily)
We as individual organisms—as what we call physical bodies—come and go like leaves on a tree, but the tree remains: and we are the tree.
WritePhilosophy - a resource for philosophy students

How walking changes the brain - A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.

Hypatia: The Last Of The Great Philosophers Of Alexandria

Cousin Mary. Poet Mary Oliver finds most of her inspiration on her walks and hikes. She takes along a hand-sewn notebook so she can stop and write. Once, she lost her pencil, and now she hides pencils in the trees along the trails so she always has spares. She says: “It has frequently been remarked, about my own writings, that I emphasize the notion of attention. This began simply enough: to see that the way the flicker flies is greatly different from the way the swallow plays in the golden air of summer.”http://writersalmanac.org/ Sep10 '16

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