Essays

Computer Privacy

I. In the Hands of Responsible Authorities Deep inside of Yucca Mountain gets stored a frightening proliferation of barrels of permanently disposed nuclear waste.1 At least, this would be the case if the American public could reach the reasonable agreement2 on a choice of location to store our nation’s ever-increasing surplus of nuclear waste.3 The waste is currently left to contaminate underdeveloped on-location temporary storage next to refineries. In the event of Yucca Mountain’s theoretical usage, one might expect access to such a strategically invaluable location to be carefully protected.

Descarte's Subversion through Functionalism

“Body am I, and soul”—thus speaks the child. …But the awakened and knowing say: body am I entirely, and nothing else; and soul is only a word for something about the body.1 In 1643, Descartes was asked in a letter from Princess Elisabeth, how a thinking substance can affect a corporeal animal, so as to produce ‘voluntary action’.2 Yablo claims recently, that Descartes’ division of the substances has resulted in being the primary motivating force behind the great, longstanding philosophical debates surrounding dualism between the mind and the body.

Fanboys, Real Theory, and a Séance - Darwin & Marx

I. Introduction – Marx’s Notion of Dialectical Materialism There are some 20th century American scientists who felt the obligation to hold their political views as codified secrets in order to not have their work become interrupted. Stephen Jay Gould was one such prominent member in the field of paleontology. After making a thoughtful reference to liquidation of reactionaries, David Warsh, writing in the Chicago Tribune in 1992, declared that, “Not Max Planck, not Thomas Kuhn, not Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould would have dreamt of citing Marx as an established authority in their tradition; it would have slowed immeasurably the reception of their work if they had.

Nietzsche's Ascension

So the soul of immensity dwells in minutia And in the narrowest limits, no limits inhere1 Introduction In this paper we will analyze a series of dominant foundational concepts from the history of philosophy immediately leading up to the writings of Nietzsche that therefore also arise over the course of his own critical project. This will allow us to come to a better understanding of whether he values a certain sense of ascension or if it is identified with transcendence2 for him and therefore gets relegated permanently to the category of religious illusion.

German Idealism’s Concept of Nature in the 19th Century

‘Of what avail, by the way, can philosophical systems be, which are only spun out of conceptions of this sort and have for their substance mere flimsy husks of thoughts like these? They must of necessity be exceedingly empty, poor, and therefore also dreadfully tiresome.'1 Schopenhauer, The Four-Fold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason German Idealism must be read as an event culminating from the unique circumstances occurring during the late Enlightenment.