My brief career as a philosophical squib II

In my last post, I described my first and only experience taking an actual philosophy course, how throughout that semester we took a quick journey through a good number of the major topics in philosophy, and how we were assigned a couple of short essays that semester apparently named after a marginalized demographic of the Harry Potter universe. I remember distinctly that the first topic of the course was free will, and accordingly, this subject inspired the prompt for our first squib, which I put up in the other post. Apparently one of the topics very soon to follow was the issue of personal (and perhaps also object) identity, as this prompted our second squib, which I've also found tucked away in the form of a Word document dated October 15th, 2007. Read more...

My brief career as a philosophical squib

(or, How the way I talk about the free will problem hasn't much changed since 2007)

Time for another "blast from the past" post, the past once again referring to my days of writing essays in university. Back in my college days, I was very passionate about philosophy (in many respects, more so than today!), but I was also very lazy when it came to studying what actual philosophers through the ages had to say. I guess my attitude has always been inclined towards reinventing the wheel. Accordingly, I was the only heavily committed member of the undergraduate philosophy club (eventually I became its vice president) who wasn't a philosophy major or even a minor. I don't think I even tried to register for a philosophy course until my third year. But eventually, with some elective credits left to fill, I decided to sign up for a sort of easy Philosophy 101 course which was called something like "Intro to Philosophy". This was what was known as a BS course (and the acronym BS didn't stand for Bachelor of Science). Read more...