Is Self-Development Selfish?

Recently I was engaged in a conversation with someone who wanted to understand my motivation for studying philosophy. When I said it was for my personal growth their first reaction was that it is pretty selfish to focus on self-development without offering something to others. A mutual shock moment followed. I was particularly stunned because …

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Why Interpretation Matters?

As storytelling creatures, we humans interpret words, texts, conversations, and the world all the time. We make sense by interpreting. We learn this early in life and get so good at it that soon enough we stop noticing that we are interpreting, not to mention what results from our meaning-making activity and why we have …

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Our Beliefs Develop in Circles

Have you ever wondered how your beliefs are formed? We all have worldviews that are informed by our beliefs about life. But how are our beliefs created? And by whom? In this article, I explore one possible answer offered by cognitive science. Especially its new branch of inquiry - cognitive science of religion (CSR) - …

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Spreading the Word: What is Hermeneutics?

This Friday I share with you a short video that introduces hermeneutics. A fascinating field of philosophy as well as a method of study in the humanities, hermeneutics is all about interpretation. It brings to the fore the importance of how we interpret our experiences and that we are never really fully free (objective) of …

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