Thursday, August 25, 2011

Does Philosophy Matter?

Stanley Fish, professor of humanities and law at Florida International University in Miami, challenges whether philosophy can actually change the way people act. Simply put, Fish says philosophy is fun but ineffectual.

“I’m not debunking philosophy or saying that people shouldn’t do it,” Fish writes in his New York Times blog. “Philosophy is fun; it can be a good mental workout; its formulations sometimes display an aesthetically pleasing elegance. I’m just denying to philosophy one of the claims made for it —that its conclusions dictate or generate non-philosophical behavior.”

When Prayer and Politics Meet

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Republican Governor of Texas Rick Perry led a prayer rally recently, just days before his official declaration to seek the Republican presidential nomination. Held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, "The Response" rally drew more than 30,000 people for what Al-Jazeera English reports was a Protestants only affair.

"Lord, you are the source of every good thing," Perry prayed. "You are our only hope
and we stand before you today in awe of your power and in gratitude for your blessings, and humility for our sins. Father, our heart breaks for America. We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government, and as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us and for that we cry out for your forgiveness."