Hamilton and the Tenner

Originally posted on Hysteriography:
It does seem to me historically tone deaf for the Treasury Dept. to consider taking Alexander Hamilton, of all people, off U.S. currency, of all things, or even reducing his presence there. I can’t say I care who is on the money — easier to have nothing there but graphic design, I think — but if any face should be engraved on money, it’s Hamilton’s. Money is what he was all about. That obvious fact has recently inspired a burst of Hamilton adulation, summed up in Steven Rattner’s New York Times Op Ed today. Rattner takes the controversy as an occasion for making a boatload of wrongheaded comparisons… Continue reading Hamilton and the Tenner

A Post.

This post is merely to see if I have any followers. It is also to see just what exactly it is I’m doing, as I really don’t know how to use this website very well, having taken a disliking of the tutorial. I don’t want to spend the money to get a fancier version, but this free version looks well enough I suppose. My random musings are part of this test. You’ll be quizzed on this later. Continue reading A Post.

Part II to Philosophical Meat Eating (Ethics in the First World)

These are a few new thoughts I had while writing the earlier entry, and these are a few questions I felt needed to be addressed. In the US, we like to think of philosophical questions and jump behind them and support them, even if we don’t fully think them out. Not looking at the economical component of eating healthy, or the “food deserts” in the urban cores where people have no access to nutrition, let alone making choices about the ethics of their food, or the rural areas where people work full time and aren’t able to spend the day … Continue reading Part II to Philosophical Meat Eating (Ethics in the First World)

To eat meat, or not, a philosophical question in the context of Singer and Mason

Singer and Mason explore the pros and, in their book anyway, mostly cons, of eating meat. While the author would argue that the answer for the ethical question of how to eat would reply that you must lead a vegan lifestyle, eating locally sourced, humanely grown vegetables that meet all the requirements for sustainability and worker happiness, there are other ethical options out there for how one should make ethical food choices. The first, and one I’d like to see implemented on college campuses across the nation, is the active participation in at least part of the food process. Why … Continue reading To eat meat, or not, a philosophical question in the context of Singer and Mason

Food Ethics And the Modern American Student

As I read Singer and Mason’s The Ethics of What We Eat, I am exposed to both evidence and to pathos or emotion. Pathos, according to the OED, is a “quality that evokes pity or sadness”. This book does a good job of that. Having little or no awareness of commercial farming practices , despite living in rural Upstate New York, surrounded by farms (though most are Amish and subsistence farms or else locally sourced, small scale, organic places selling cheese and wine), this book really opened up my eyes to the true horrors of the American food industry, particularly the … Continue reading Food Ethics And the Modern American Student

Wendell Berry’s Agricultural Revolution

Writers like Berry and David Abram are as much philosophers as they are environmentalists, though it can be argued that all of the environmentally conscious writers in this course are philosophers of sorts. Looking at nature (both human and ecological) from a philosophical approach is what Berry and Abram do best. While this post will focus primarily on Berry, I will first address a commonality between the two. Both write about what a modern reader would consider to be a contrast between the modern, developed “West” and the more ecological world, existing in the West in the case of Berry … Continue reading Wendell Berry’s Agricultural Revolution

Lia Purpura’s Rough Likeness

Rough Likeness can mean several things, though most commonly it means that something bears similarity to something else, at least in a paraphrase of the term likeness from the OED. Rough can mean, according to the OED: II. Not finished, exact, or precise. 6. a. Of an object or item: simply or hastily made; not finely finished; crude, makeshift. Why do I look into its semantics? Lia Purpura writes a book that is a non exact version of Dillard’s “Pilgrim”. There are many differences, but reading this book lead me to think that Purpura has much in common with Dillard … Continue reading Lia Purpura’s Rough Likeness