When Ignorance Truly Isn’t Bliss

When Ignorance Truly Isn’t Bliss Lessons from We Happy Few By Brandon Packard   We’ve heard it a million times, “Ignorance is Bliss.” It’s a phrase that has echoed through time, but where did it start? The phrase dates back to 1742 and a poem in which Thomas Gray states, “Where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis…

The Happy Life of Bob’s Burgers

The Happy Life of Bob’s Burgers By Richard B. Gibson According to many (myself included), philosophy aims to enable us to live well. The practical wisdom that philosophical study affords us should be employed to transform both our lives and the world for the better. What form this goal should take, however, has been a…

“Children of Men” Come True

  “Children of Men” Come True U.S. Immigration Crackdown is Straight out of Cuarón’s Science Fiction Dystopia By Dan Dinello As I began work on a monograph about Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men — an adaptation of the P.D. James’ novel, its critique of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia echoed the rise of an…

Disc Golf and Philosophy

Disc Golf and Philosophy Developing the Long Game By Strand Sheldahl-Thomason   Every disc golfer has heard the slogan “grow the sport,” so it shouldn’t be a surprise that disc golf is, indeed, growing. In fact, it’s blowing up right now. The Professional Disc Golf Association has raced past 100,000 members to over 130,000 (I’m…

How Prince Zuko Restored his Honor

How Prince Zuko Restored his Honor By Helen De Cruz *For those who have not seen Avatar: The Last Airbender, spoilers will follow.* Honor is very important to Zuko, the banished crown prince of the Fire Nation. The young prince seeks to restore his lost honor by capturing the Avatar (a mythical fighter who will…

The Stand and the State of Nature

The Stand and the State of Nature by M. Blake Wilson When COVID-19––the pandemic itself but also the unprecedented social and political responses to it––hit the United States in March, 2020, savvy booksellers might have predicted that old books about plagues would start creeping back up the charts. After all, George Orwell’s 1984 was #1…

Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Just Stories?

Tove Jansson’s Moomins: Just Stories? Peter West In this short discussion of the Moomins and philosophy, I want to do two things. First, I want to point out some obvious instances of philosophy at work in the Moomins. Second, I want to suggest that the way Tove Jansson treats the relation between fiction and reality…