Philosophy and Ideas

Spring 2009

Ayn Rand: Fantasyland

Dan Cloer

It is unusual to find someone who not only retains their early views but builds a whole superstructure of philosophical meaning atop them. Ayn Rand was such a person.

July 29, 2008

Randy Pausch: Living Life in the Face of Death

Lindsay Keefer

A month after learning he was losing his battle to pancreatic cancer, Randy Pausch gave one last lecture to students and colleagues, hoping to leave a legacy.

Power to the People

Summer 2008

Power to the People

Brian Orchard

Democracy seems to be catching on around the world. Does that mean peace is just around the corner?

The Persistence of Vision

Spring 2008

The Persistence of Vision

Michael McKinney

A term borrowed from the film industry serves as a useful metaphor for how we think.

June 15, 2007


Peter Nathan

Belief in one God existed before it was named, but like many other philosophical terms, monotheism is a product of the 18th century Enlightenment.

May 23, 2007

Philosophy Resources

Peter Nathan

Stanford University has established a subscription free philosophy site on which all submissions are subject to peer review.

Summer 2004

What Is Materialism?

According to dictionaries the word carries more than one meaning, but underlying them is a common idea.