Mixture and Distinction in Metaphysics

For several hundred (if not thousand) years society’s most probing and thoughtful, truth-seeking minds studied and wrote about religion. In an era where literacy was scarce, I greatly appreciate the time, effort, and rigorous application of logic to difficult paradoxes or questions posed by theology. At the same time, there’s a real risk that debating…

Exceptionalism and Principles

In my day job advising MBAs pursuing consulting careers, I give a lot of students practice interviews, especially case interviews. A typical case interview presents a hypothetical business/client problem and asks the student to lay out a structured approach to the problem. So far, so good. At some point in some cases, however, the student…

Building a Knowledge Base

A friend recently asked me how I choose what books to read in the course of this project, whether I enjoy them all, and commented that an inherent weakness of most algorithm-based recommendations is that they simply recommend more of the same, and don’t recognize when you might want a change. I admit to sometimes…

Intentions and Actions

I was excited to see “The Sea of Precious Virtues” as an option on this shelf. A “mirror for princes,” it purports to be a leadership guide, but is more about living a good Islamic life than leadership per se. As I’ve been reading more about religion, one of the major philosophical differences that has…

Making Connections

Multilingual puns and crossreferences are one of the most satisfying elements for me of reading broadly. One serious and one humorous emerged from two of the texts that I read in Olin. I’ve done a better job of keeping up the reading than the writing about them; two that have been ongoing due to either…