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Literary Philosophers: Irving Singer And George Santayana, Timothy Madigan Oct 2016

Literary Philosophers: Irving Singer And George Santayana, Timothy Madigan

Philosophy and Classical Studies Faculty/Staff Publications

In lieu of an abstract, here is the article's first paragraph:

The noted philosopher and Santayana scholar Irving Singer, author of the magisterial three-volume work The Nature of Love, died on February 1, 2015, aged 89. Singer was born in Brooklyn on December 24, 1925, and served in World War II. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1948, under the G.I. Bill. The following year he wed Josephine Fisk, an opera singer with whom he had four children. They spent a year at Oxford (1949–1950), during which time Singer read The Last Puritan, and in ...


Ethics And Character Formation In Sports: A Philosophical Perspective, Timothy Madigan Feb 2016

Ethics And Character Formation In Sports: A Philosophical Perspective, Timothy Madigan

Philosophy and Classical Studies Faculty/Staff Publications

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) famously proclaimed that “God is dead and we have killed Him.” Might one say similarly that in today s “winner take all” society “sportsmanship is dead and we have killed it”? Is the very concept no longer relevant in the modern age of competitive sports? In this essay I will show how three long dead philosophers—Aristotle, Kant, and the aforementioned Nietzsche—still have much to teach us about sportsmanship and its continued relevance for the present day.


Russell And Dewey On Education: Similarities And Differences, Timothy Madigan Jan 2016

Russell And Dewey On Education: Similarities And Differences, Timothy Madigan

Philosophy and Classical Studies Faculty/Staff Publications

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JOHN DEWEY AND BERTRAND RUSSELL were two of the premier philosophers of the twentieth century. During their long lives (each lived to be over 90), their paths crossed on several occasions. While cordial enough when in each others presence, the two men were definitely not on the best of terms. Sidney Hook, who knew and admired them both, once said that there were only two men who Dewey actively disliked—Mortimer Adler and Bertrand Russell. Russell, for his part, never tired of making disparaging remarks about the pragmatists ...


Six Degrees Of Bertrand Russell, Timothy Madigan Jan 2016

Six Degrees Of Bertrand Russell, Timothy Madigan

Philosophy and Classical Studies Faculty/Staff Publications

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ONE OF THE MOST QUOTED PHRASES in current popular culture is "six degrees of separation." It expresses the idea that, on average, any human ^being is connected with any other human being by at most six acquaintances. While there is much debate as to whether this is literally true, it is an interesting thought-experiment, as well as the basis for many fun parlor games. One of these is entitled "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," in which film fans try to connect the aforementioned actor with any other movie ...


Russell In Popular Culture, Timothy Madigan Jan 2016

Russell In Popular Culture, Timothy Madigan

Philosophy and Classical Studies Faculty/Staff Publications

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IN DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER JOHN MICHAEL MCDONAGH'S 2011 Quentin Tarantino-Hke comic film The Guard, there is a bizarre scene where three hit men, for no apparent reason, while driving down an Irish road get into a heated debate over who the world's greatest philosopher might be.

It is amusing that the chauvinistic characters are willing to reconsider Russell's greatness once they can stop thinking of him as an Englishman, but no doubt Lord Russell himself, given his cosmopolitan leanings as well as his oft-professed love for ...