Steve Naragon

Professor of Philosophy
Dept. of Religion and Philosophy
Manchester University

Phone: 260.982.5041





Lunch in Marburg, Germany

“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.”  — Aristotle

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”  — Mark Twain

“Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.”  — Will Durant

“Only the educated are free.”  — Epictetus

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”  — William Butler Yeats

“Non scholae, sed vitae discimus.” [We learn for life, not for school.]  — Seneca

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”  — H. G. Wells

“The college was not founded to give society what it wants.  Quite the contrary.”  — May Sarton

Office and Hours: Calvin Ulrey 214, hours by appointment or as posted on my weekly schedule for Fall 2015.

Courses offered for ... [see previous semesters]

Fall 2013-Spring 2015

[On Research Leave]


• The (old) MC Mission Statement

• Discover the Meaning of Life in three easy steps

Haiku Error Messages

• Robert Newman’s History of Oil [Download: 27.6 MB] [On Robert Newman, see his website]

• Walter Benjamin on Klee’s Angel

• Vincent Van Gogh on “Being Good”

• Some thoughts on the nature of the Humanities

Putting my foot down... When enough is enough, and a line just really needs to be drawn in the sand. First line: No more misuse of that fine phrase “Begging the Question”

Why you are in College: Michael Mooney, “The Value of the Liberal Arts” (2002)

Religion and Politics: Read Barack Obama’s “Call to Renewal Keynote Address” (June 28, 2006)

Race and Politics: Read and hear Barack Obama’s “More Perfect Union” speech in Philadelphia (March 18, 2008)

Democracy in America: See Ralph Nader’s talk on “The Good Fight” at Codys Books (December 29, 2006)

• An interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

• Another interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

• 1959 BBC Interview with Bertrand Russell (1st of 3 parts)

• Richard Feynman on Answering “Why”-Questions

• Philosophy Soccer: Greece v Germany

• How to Film the Revolution