Objects of Comparison

A Philosophy Blog

associated with David Egan Philosophy, divided into three categories: 
accessible introductions to ideas I teach in my courses
miscellaneous thoughts of my own on a range of themes, mostly but not exclusively philosophical
monthly newsletter published with a one-month delay, which contains a short, accessible essay on some philosophical theme

Newsletter: May 2023

Literacy is one of the most transformative technologies that humans have ever invented. So transformative is it that it’s hard to imagine your way into an oral mindset from a literate perspective.

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[Reflections] Something in the Way

Thinking well about the things that concern me requires intelligence. Understanding these concerns and what motivates them requires wisdom. Philosophy, to the extent that it is rightly called the love of wisdom, is essentially concerned with self-knowledge.

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Newsletter: March 2023

Plato, Plotinus, and the rest saw philosophical argument and investigation as one part—granted, a central part—of a broader way of life that was essentially mystical and spiritual in its outlook.

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Newsletter: February 2023

Reflecting on the religious conflicts of his time, Zera Yacob resolved to use reason to determine which aspects of these religious traditions did indeed derive from God and which were the inventions of contentious humans.

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Newsletter: January 2023

Starting with Plato, philosophy has systematically marginalized both literature and animals as beneath the dignity that philosophy has established for humankind.

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