In 1907 William James gave his Lowell Lectures on Pragmatism at Harvard and later at Columbia. I believe that Pragmatism was intended by WJ to complement his book Varieties of Religious Experience . 2007 will be the Centennial of Pragmatism. Will this event be observed by philosophers? Universities? Or by the literate public -- which is the audience William James often tried to reach.
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In googling around for an old boyfriend, I found only these details about him: 1) that he and his wife live on the opposite coast and have an unlisted phone number; and 2) that he, his brother, and sister all have unclaimed funds in a bank in the city where they were born and lived until they were teenagers, when their mother moved them to another state. I also discovered his brother's address and phone number. Would it be personally intrusive (thereby ethically questionable) to send a letter to the brother, letting him know about the unclaimed funds?
I am born into a faith which has an overtly stated principle belief that it is irrational to believe in the existence of a supernatural or a divine power/intelligence. Does that make it a rational or irrational religion? Since it is an organized and practiced religion, am I an atheist, agnostic or religious in the conventional sense.
(Jainism and to some degree Buddhism have similar notions.)
Our son (8 years old) was stating yesterday that all things have opposites. He was discussing the matter with our daughter (10) and she argued that it cannot be so. The examples our son provided were of the kind light vs dark, day vs night, cold vs hot.
I tried to explain the oriental idea of the TAO, the whole being composed of Yin and Yang, both opposites but complementary and each with a touch of the other. Another example I tried to make was the definition of a vase, or a bowl or any vessel that is defined by its content. An empty vase not being anything without just "nothing" inside.
The question our daughter raised was then: What is then the opposite of a lion? Or a tree, or a rock?... I had a hard time trying to get a good answer for that one and settled for a non-lion, no-tree or no-rock (thinking of the vase allegory above).
My question to you is then, what would your answers be? Is there really a duality in all things and if so, how does it apply to the lion case?
Given that 'mental distress' will afflict at least one in seven of us, and as many as one in four (all according to contemporary extrapolations of evidence), and that the spectrum of analyses pertaining to 'mental health' is riven with contradictory perspectives, conceptual muddles, and what even a cursory examination would reveal as potentially harmful (to an individual) prescriptions, and the crossed borders of morality, scientific objectivity and 'spiritual' domains, why is there so little on a 'philosophy of mental health', and where should such a philosophy begin?
Jane Doe, a senior person at a public relations agency, with expertise in one industry, has begun freelancing for a major newspaper. The articles do not disclose Jane's corporate affiliation; rather a generic description of Jane is given at the end of each article ("Jane Doe, an expert in ...., is a --- consultant"). The topic of the articles do relate to Jane's clients at the public relations agency (i.e., article topics are in line with the industry focus). Specific companies are not named in the articles and it isn't possible to say if Jane is indirectly promoting her clients' goals because the public relations agency does not disclose a list of client names, although it is clear that one client is a government-related agency.
Jane is using her public relations agency email address for her articles work, and is interviewing experts for her articles during "normal" work hours.
It seems to me that this is an ethical conflict of interest. If I'm employed by a university, say, and write articles on the...