Philosophers on Holiday

How much CAN I afford?

Note: this piece is guest written by one of Lisa’s alter egos, the Humble Baker This morning as the Humble Baker (HB) took the Spoiled Sled Dog (SSD) on his morning walk through two miles of cornfield, she found herself ruminating about the price of food. For a one-person, one-dog household, she goes through a […]


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Philosophical Geocaching Part III: Hume, continued

Here, as promised, is the story of David Hume, Nature Boy. Also the story of how even in Edinburgh, the City that Loves its Philosophers, the truly devoted philosophical tourist will have to do some bushwhacking (verbal bushwhacking, if not the whacking of any actual bushes) in order to find all the Hume-related points of […]


Philosophical Geocaching Part II: Hume

As its name implies, the activity I’m calling “philosophical geocaching” usually consists of hours and hours of way-finding, using a map that displays a complete disregard for the point of your interest, and is concluded when the way-finder arrives at the landmark in question, only to find that it isn’t quite the landmark they were […]


Philosophical Geocaching Part I: Descartes

Philosophy is a wonderful thing to study, but it doesn’t lend itself well to vacationing. Quick: name your top five favorite philosophical tourist destinations! See what I mean? All that focus on disembodiment has really gotten in our way. It’s so hard to go anywhere unless you have a body that can be transported. But […]


I think I will have a latte….

“I know this coffee shop is really there because God is not a deceiver.” So reports Alison Bailey, who took this shot. She does not, however, reveal where the coffee shop is located, leaving us to wonder whether it might not be in her mind, which, after all, is of the essence….


Sun rose today. Matter of tomorrow still in some doubt.

The contrary of every matter of fact is still possible; because it can never imply a contradiction, and is conceived by the mind with the same facility and distinctness, as if ever so conformable to reality. That the sun will not rise to-morrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction than […]


Announcing the Delay of the Opening of The Cement Boat School™

For immediate release Brooklin, Maine July 1, 2010 Although we know how disappointing this news will be to the many of you out there who have already said you cannot wait to come to beautiful Brooklin, Maine to take a class at our state-of-the-art classroom facility (see photo at right), we are forced to announce […]


Phil on Hol’s Inaugural Issue

This is it. This is where it all started. Shirley Freud. Rational Reconstructions. The Phlogiston in the Forest. poh vol 1 no 1_001 This is the issue that we still think of as containing the “classic philosophers on holiday” kinds of pieces–the kinds of pieces that illustrate the trouble philosophers get into when they try […]