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

“Genuine education is not a commodity, it is the awakening of a human being.”  — Hunter Rawlings

“What makes something part of the liberal arts? Whatever helps to make one free.”  — Elof Carlson

Office and Hours: Academic Center 233, hours by appointment or as posted on my weekly schedule for Fall 2017.

Courses offered for ... [see previous semesters]

Fall 2017

Introduction to Philosophy [PHIL 201A] TR 9:30-10:45 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 369 [syllabus] [course website]

Logic [PHIL 230A] MWF 12:00-12:50 PM. Classroom: Science Center 104 [syllabus]

Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy [PHIL 316A] MWF 2:00-2:50 PM. Classroom: Academic Center 234 [syllabus] [course website]

FYS: Minds, Robots, and the End of Humanity [FYS-1FS-G] MWF 10:00-10:50 AM. Classroom: Academic Center 146 [syllabus] [course website]


News Flash: Philosophy Bakes No Bread!

Haiku Error Messages

• Walter Benjamin on Klee’s Angel

• Vincent Van Gogh on “Being Good”

• Jean-Jacques Rousseau on “Happiness”

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”

• The (old) MC Mission Statement

• Discover the Meaning of Life in three easy steps

• The value of studying philosophy [FAQ]

• Michael Mooney on the value of the liberal arts (2002).

• John Henry Newman on the value of a liberal education (1852).

• Martha Nussbaum on the value of the humanities (2010).

• Some thoughts on the nature of the Humanities

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)

• Five Good Questions Worth Asking
(in case you haven't already come across this)

• Another interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

• Five Reasons to Major in Philosophy

• Richard Feynman on Answering “Why”-Questions

• Philosophy Soccer: Greece v Germany

• How to Film the Revolution