Anger and Alimony

I find it helpful to think of anger as the frustration experienced when desire goes unfulfilled. Desire is how we project ourselves into the world, and this is a good thing. Or it should be, if the desire is healthy. If the desire is unhealthy–like, say, you want your ex-husband to take care of you […]

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December 24th, 2012 by Wanda

Philosophy and Jobs

One of the first things I teach my students when formulating an argument is not to insult the opposing side. Do as I say, not as I do–Terence Loose has written one of the dumbest articles I have ever seen on the subject of majoring in philosophy as preparation for the working world. It’s called […]

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December 24th, 2012 by Wanda

Anger: So What?

Of course emotions are more like cognitive judgments than irrational impulses. So-called “women’s intuition” is much more like the rapid-fire intake of information, analysis, and decision-making described by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers than a touchy-feely guess. More importantly, emotions say something about the experience of being in the world, and some are inherently ethical in […]

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December 13th, 2012 by Wanda