According to modern-day grammar books, 'they' as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun (e.g., I saw someone, but I don’t think they saw me) is incorrect, since a plural pronoun cannot describe a singular referent. And so we have settled on the generic 'he.' This is, we are told, the way things have always been—good enough for Jonathan Swift or Jane Austen. Except that what was in fact good enough for Swift and Austen was 'they.'
To note that a particular coach has a philosophy of football is a staple of sports reporting. Suggesting something grander than a mere approach and less technocratic than a theory, a philosophy of sport hints at meanings beyond the winning and losing of games.
Wittgenstein was clearly fascinated by faces and face perception. But he seems to have regarded the face not only as something important to think about, but also, one might say, something profoundly useful to think with.
Adam Smith founded economics as an independent field of study by synthesising and systemizing classical economics in The Wealth of Nations. But he was also a significant moral philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment and a close friend of David Hume, and he saw economics as a branch of moral philosophy.
The spread of a seemingly playful alternative to traditional diplomas, inspired by Boy Scout achievement patches and video-game power-ups, suggests that the standard certification system no longer works in today's fast-changing job market.
The news media not only influence our lives via the gatekeeper function of deciding what stories or information to include and what not to include, and which stories to emphasize and which ones to play down. They also shape what we think by the way the information is framed.
In a paper presented in 2011, Jean-Michel Rabaté discusses a divergence between Beckett’s and Bataille’s treatment of '… an experience of impotence, dispossession and unknowing…' in terms of '… the different libraries they bring to bear on these issues.'
Literature, philosophy, science: today, our tools for understanding the world are developing separately, regrets the renowned intellectual and humanist. However, culture remains a saving grace, particularly in Europe.
In-vitro fertilization and genetic testing are increasingly used, including in Canada, by couples capable of conceiving naturally, to screen out not just catastrophic diseases but other ‘undesirable' conditions.
You can learn a lot in 60 seconds. Especially about science. Scientific American produces some amazing '60 Second Science' podcasts that are definitely worth exploring, subscribing to, and sharing with students.