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Philosophy & Religion

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  • 21
    Jul

    2020

    COVID, Crisis and the Nature of Religion

    What is the nature of human religiosity? For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, psychologists treated this area of human life as a disposition – something Gordon Allport termed a ‘sentiment’.[1]...

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  • 3
    Jul

    2020

    In the Footsteps of Thoreau

    Many people I know have been out walking more, since COVID-19 upended our routines and transformed our daily lives. For a while, during the first shutdown, the activity of walking was the only way in...

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  • 29
    Jun

    2020

    Vision, Gaze, and Islamic Objects

    Imagine it’s the middle of the fourteenth century, and you fall from the sky, landing in the heart of medieval Cairo. I’m assuming we’re all historians of religion, so upon arrival you immediately...

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  • 25
    Jun

    2020

    Resistance in the Time of Coronavirus

    “I can’t breathe” is the phrase that will define 2020. It captures the fear of the coronavirus that attacks the respiratory system of those who contract it and they were the last words of George...

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  • 22
    Jun

    2020

    Harms, Benefits, and Trade-Offs in a Pandemic

    A crucial topic in moral philosophy involves the aggregation and comparison of harms and benefits.  How many, for instance, minor headaches relieved is worth a single human life?  How many people...

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  • 10
    Jun

    2020

    Boredom, Death, and the Meaning of Life

    Boredom“How dreadful boredom is,” declared Soren Kierkegaard in Either/Or. He didn’t say whether he was referring to everyday boredom or whole-life boredom. We might regard the first as merely unpleasant—we...

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  • 10
    Jun

    2020

    Beyond Spacetime

    One of the greatest challenges in fundamental physics is to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity in a full theory of “quantum gravity”. It is a challenge that has by turns excited...

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  • 5
    Jun

    2020

    Blame and Creating Risks for Others

    Before turning to the pandemic, allow me to tell a story. One of my cousins—let’s call him “Walt”—grew up loving cars. As a 12-year-old, Walt could name the make and model of every car we passed...

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