Missing CSUN, My Philosophical Home

Today, I attended California State University, Northridge’s — my alma mater — VII Annual Student Philosophy conference. The conference ran from about 9:00 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon. I had only planned to stay for a few hours, as I have quite a few impending due dates for my freelance work. Well, that plan didn’t work out. I stayed for the whole thing. I became engrossed in the discussions; I had fun catching up with former classmates and professors; and, of course, I didn’t want to work. I still don’t want to work.

More than anything, I stayed because I miss my philosophical home.

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Thinking Of Others When You Vote: The Right Thing To Do?

“[W]hen, if ever, is it right to vote simply for the sake of your own self-interest?”

That’s the question asked by Gary Gutting, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, at The New York Times’s “The Stone”. His conclusion?

“[C]ontrary to what many think, self-interested voting is sometimes ethically justified.”

Let’s take a look at how he gets there.

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Racial Tensions at Duke University (Commentary Forthcoming)

A sit-in at Duke University entered its fourth day on Monday, as students occupied an administrative building to call for three school officials to resign and for Duke to offer a $15 minimum wage for campus workers. The nine students who started the sit-in were largely protesting Tallman Trask III, Duke’s executive vice president, over…

via Duke Students Occupy Administration Building in Racially Charged Protest — TIME