Sunday, May 19, 2013

Does Philosophy Matter?


Apparently one of the Boston bombers, the Dzhokhar one, wrote a note in (on?) the boat he was hiding in before he was caught. In the note, he wrote that the victims of the bombing(s) were "collateral damage" in the same way Muslims are "collateral damage" from American wars. What did he mean, really? And if thousands of innocent Muslims die as a result of American foreign policy, does he have a point at all?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sex and the First Amendment

Sheesh! I have the night free before the next final. If people don't know how law school works, you get one grade per class: the final exam. So if you screw that up, you're done for. That's why it's necessary to just disappear and study. Anyway, because it's on my mind, and because I have a couple minutes to say some things, I want to quote something from Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the not-that-but-sort-of-famous violent video games case. In determining whether the sale of violent video games can be proscribed, the Court says:
Our cases have been clear that the obscenity exception to the First Amendment does not cover whatever a legislature finds shocking, but only depictions of “sexual conduct."

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Some Updates

Posting has been and will be light for a little bit here. I am buckling down for finals and, hopefully, graduation?! My family is coming into town, and I have to move by the end of the month. Then I have to immediately start studying for the bar. I'm also secretly a little bit down that I didn't win this writing award thing I was gunning for. I spent all last year on that thing. I would link it for everyone here, but that would kind of destroy the anonymity thing...

As far as future posts are concerned, I am doing some studying and research on some mind/body (and maybe some hylomorphic dualism stuff) and how it applies to the homosexual condition. I'm not sure where I'm going to go with it, but I have some ideas. I'm definitely not as proficient in this area, especially considering what I'm trying to do with it, so it's taking me a bit longer to formulate my thoughts. I'll let you all know when I do!

Anyway, I apologize for some of the light postings. I'm being stretched in a lot of directions, and it's difficult getting substantive stuff out there. I hope everyone is well.