Enlightenment is man's release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man's inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! 'Have courage to use your own reason!' -- that is the motto of enlightenment.
-Kant, "What is Enlightenment?"
An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
-John William Gardner, "Excellence"
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
"I'll show you the life of the mind!"
Class Information and Documents
In the left-hand margin, you'll see some folders and links. Click to get information on impending or current courses I will be or am conducting, and to download course-related documents. For example, my syllabi are uploaded here, as are various handouts. Please visit my Moodle page, however, if you are enrolled in a course I am conducting. There, you will find more documents specific to your class.Some Stuff About Me and Helpful Links:
Welcome to my Pierce College faculty page. I have worked at Pierce since the spring 2004 term. I began as a part-time faculty member in the Philosophy and Sociology Department, and was hired full time in 2007. Since being appointed to a permanent position at Pierce, I have:
This and That
There is no dearth of writing on the value of philosophy (typically, value for some end or other). One such example can be read here.
Henri, the Existentially Angst-Ridden Cat should collaborate with "Thug Notes" host, Sparky Sweets, Ph.D.