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 April 22

1724 … Immanuel Kant born

1950 … Peter Frampton born


“Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one’s intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.”

Immanuel Kant
 ~ Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason


“You never give up, because you just never know what will happen.”

frampton ~Peter Frampton

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 March 23

1900 … Erich Fromm born

“Nationalism is our form of incest, is our idolatry, is our insanity. ‘Patriotism’ is its cult. It should hardly be necessary to say, that by ‘patriotism’ I mean that attitude which puts the own nation above humanity, above the principles of truth and justice; not the loving interest in one’s own nation, which is the concern with the nation’s spiritual as much as with its material welfare … never with its power over other nations. Just as love for one individual which excludes the love for others is not love, love for one’s country which is not part of one’s love for humanity is not love, but idolatrous worship.”

  ~ Erich Fromm, The Sane Society

     Erich Fromm

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March 9 … Brad Delp dies.

“I think Stevie Wonder could sing the phone book and manage to make me cry.”

   ~ Brad Delp, Lead Vocal “Boston” (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007)

 Brad Delp

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        March 8

Happy International Women’s Day


   “A promise is a promise:

    Time for action to end violence against women.”

          ~ Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General

         International Women's Day               

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March 7 … Death of Aquinas

“Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”


aquinas  ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

      (1225 ~ March 7, 1274)


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This Date in History: . . . March 6

Ayn Rand (d. March 6, 1982)

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”

  ~ Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand 1

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This Date in History: . . . March 5

Professor Michael Sandel (b. March 5, 1953)

“The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral preference, are exercised only in making a choice. He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice. He gains no practice either in discerning or in desiring what is best. The mental and moral, like the muscular powers, are improved only by being used… .”

  ~ Prof. Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel 

[Click Pic for an enlightening Journey in Moral Reasoning]


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“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

 Confucius Statue at the Yushima Seido

 ~ Confucius

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The Philosophers’ Magazine

If you haven’t already, I invite you to peruse The Philosophers Magazine. The “Philosophy Experiments” Link is especially fun (one of Jeremy Stangroom’s creations, I believe).  

Just click the pic, and you’re in. Check it out … and Enjoy!




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“A just society can’t be achieved simply by maximizing utility or by securing freedom of choice. To achieve a just society we have to reason together about the meaning of the good life, and to create a public culture hospitable to the disagreements that will inevitably arise.”

  ~ Prof. Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel  [Click Pic to visit Prof. Sandel’s JUSTICE Program. It is truly worth at least a brief exploration.]


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