IntroductionA few months ago I bought an older house. I knew it would need a bit of work before I could rent it out. As is the case with any old house, it’s turned into even more work than I’d originally thought. Although not part of the original plan, I’ve had to rip out the […]Read More Grinding and Loving: Two Approaches to Installing Plumbing
Introduction I always enjoy writing my annual fitness post. I’m frequently surprised by how much I learn about fitness each year even though I’ve basically been involved in it my whole life. Before we get started here are my past fitness posts for future reference: Injury Prevention without Giving Up Intensity or Gainz How to […]Read More Annual Fitness Post: How to Be Aristotle in the Gym
IntroductionAround this time of year my news feed is infected with click-baity articles or facebook statuses about how New Year’s resolutions are stupid or bad or whatever and “I’m better than people who make NY resolutions because I recognize that every day, NAY! every second! is an opportunity to redefine myself for the better. So there, […]Read More A Defense of New Year’s Resolutions (That THEY Don’t Want You to Know About)
IntroductionAristotle and Plato make the same puzzling claim: You can be mistaken about what you desire. Consider the following example: You’re looking at a delicious piece of chocolate cake. You say to your friend Aristotle, “I really want to eat that cake.” Aristotle be like: “No, you don’t.” You be like, “Dude, yes I do. […]Read More Aristotle and Plato: Hey, Dummy! You Don’t Know What You Want!
The first question of philosophy is “how should I live my life?” Sometimes this is also presented as “what is the good life?” because the trivial answer to the first formulation is “the best way possible.” However you want to frame it, it eventually boils down to the same thing. For the purposes of this […]Read More Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics: A Common Misunderstanding
Introduction and Context:Up until Aquinas in the 13th Century, the church’s (where academia existed) doctrine was neo-Platonic. That is, it followed the philosophy of Plato. Why does this matter? Recall that beginning with Plato and Aristotle, a major debate can be traced through the history of philosophy: Is knowledge accessed internally through a priori introspection […]Read More Summa Theologica and The Five Ways: Proofs for the Existence of God, The Cosmological Argument