Tag: philosophy

Book of Nature, Episode 12: Why Science Needs Metaphysics

In this episode of the Book of Nature, Dan, Charles, and Todd discuss the nature of the philosophical concept of metaphysics, and especially its connection to the scientific endeavor.   Topics include: 1) Definitions: What is Metaphysics? 2) What distinguishes Metaphysics from physics – or, what are the boundaries that define these ways of thought?…

Book Review: After the New Atheist Debate

After the New Atheist Debate By Phil Ryan 196 pp. University of Toronto Press $22.95. Of all the books written regarding the “New Atheist” (hereafter, NA) phenomenon, this the first that I’ve seen that has attempted to analyze it from a philosophical, sociological, and ethical perspective, while simultaneously refusing to take sides in what has often been…

Am I Interdisciplinary?

Students had been saying it for years, but it wasn’t until this semester that I started wondering what it really means when students say I’m not a “real” English professor.  Most don’t mean it as a bad thing; they seem rather to enjoy the break, when they prepare for and attend my classes, from what they…