The Rise of Nationalism and Militarism in the Belle Époque

Jules Chéret [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons     While history looks back at the period in European history between 1890 and 1914 as the ‘beautiful era’, those living in it across Europe most likely wouldn’t have seen it that way. Today, we have the benefit of hindsight, allowing us to see with full clarity … Continue reading The Rise of Nationalism and Militarism in the Belle Époque

Philosophy Retrospectives

I find myself, in the final week of philosophy class, in whole-hearted agreement with Bertrand Russell’s quote: “Philosophy aims primarily at knowledge . . . but it is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions . . . but rather for the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge … Continue reading Philosophy Retrospectives

The Lifeboat Dilemma and Morality

After a shipwreck, you find yourself in a lifeboat that has enough room and provisions for no more than 50 people. However, there are currently 75 people in the boat including yourself—men, women, children, old and young, rich and poor, passengers and crew members. In addition, there are another 100 people treading water around the … Continue reading The Lifeboat Dilemma and Morality

The Existence of God and the Problem of Evil

The problem of evil is a hugely important debate between theists and atheists, and has been for thousands of years. Its importance can be clearly seen by its popularity, and the fact that theologians and religious philosophers have been trying to counter it from very early on.  While the problem of evil is not the … Continue reading The Existence of God and the Problem of Evil