“‘Death with Dignity’: is it suicide?” is the title of a thoughtful OUP blog post by veteran philosopher Margaret Battin, who argues that what we label certain activities matters very much in shaping how we think of them.
You thought there was a war on Christmas? Try a war on Saturnalia! The essay is actually a thoughtful discussion of how to “deal” with the upcoming holidays in an increasingly multicultural environment, with some help from Seneca.
And now for something completely different: a thoughtful book review of Lisa Eldridge’s Face Paint: The Story of Makeup. Turns out, critics (read: men) have used makeup as yet another tool to oppress women, an observation that puts certain feminist perspectives on the subject on the defensive.
Analyst Joseph Burgo tells his patients that they really ought not to feel (too?) guilty about having “first world problems.” And especially that they shouldn’t use their social conscience as an excuse for not addressing their own problems.
Participate to an ongoing philosophical experiment at the New York Times’ Stone, set up by Gerald Dworkin. You might discover that it’s okay to lie much more often than you think.