Epicureanism and America

This article is interesting for a number of reasons. In the good ol' USA, it seems to me that pleasure is the end goal of most things. At some level Jeremy Bentham was right about mankind beingĀ a slave to the 2 masters of...pain and pleasure. Mr. Bentham says it best: "Nature has placed mankind under... Continue Reading →

Existential Work and the Quest for Meaning

During each semester, I often ask my students what is the most important thing about life? This discussion usually happens during a Meaning of Life discussion/dialectic within our classroom and the students usually come up with all sorts of answers. We may have even just finished discussing Susan Wolf's article about the meaning of life.... Continue Reading →

What is Philosophy?

Imagine teaching a subject that is very hard to describe. So hard, that almost every student that enrolls in the subject has no idea what it is.     So, Forester... What is Philosophy?     I don't get this question often in everyday conversation, but I suspect it is for quite a different reason.... Continue Reading →

Living Deliberately

Have you ever read "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau? In it- in the first chapter- he has a revolutionary sentence. the kind of sentence that embeds itself in your subconscious and presents itself at the most random of times. But in those times you are reminded of what you are doing and have some of... Continue Reading →

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