Ordinary Philosophy

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In other words, philosophy is an ordinary activity: it's something we do all the time. It's done by ordinary people: of all education levels, backgrounds, and professions. It's applicable to ordinary life: it's about solving problems that every person encounters in the quest to pursue a good, happy, and meaningful one.

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O.P. Recommends – The Good Wife: Gender and Sexuality in the Middle Ages, by Peter Adamson

One of Peter Adamson’s most recent podcast episodes for his History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps particularly delighted me, in the surprises sprinkled richly throughout and its thoughtful y…

Original front door key and deed of sale of the Lincoln family home in Springfield, on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Springfield, Illinois, In Search of Abraham Lincoln, Part 2 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Presidential Libraries, Mary Todd Lincoln, Springfield Illinois, Mr President, American Civil War, History Books, Philosophy, Museum

Springfield, Illinois, In Search of Abraham Lincoln, Part 2

Springfield, Illinois, Saturday, July 29th, 2017, continued After my visit to the Lincoln Tomb at the Oak Ridge Cemetery and a quick stop to drop off my luggage at the room where I’ll be stay…

Bitterroot Mountains and the Lewis and Clark Wendover Ridge Hike Yellowstone National Park, National Parks, Lewis And Clark, Ordinary Lives, National Forest, Idaho, Philosophy, Beautiful Places, Hiking

Bitterroot Mountains and the Lewis and Clark Wendover Ridge Hike

Journal: Powell Campground & Lochsa Lodge, Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest, Monday, July 17th, 2017 After lingering over breakfast this morning with my sister Bonnie, cousin Beth, nephew C…

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Photobook: Portrait of James Boswell, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

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Interior of the Hall of Representatives, Old State House, Springfield, Illinois. It was here, on October and that Lincoln and Douglas held their first debate . Traveling Philosophy/History of Ideas. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Presidential Libraries, American Civil War, American History, First Debate, Springfield Illinois, Oak Ridge, Philosophy, Search

Springfield, Illinois, In Search of Abraham Lincoln, Part 2

Springfield, Illinois, Saturday, July 29th, 2017, continued After my visit to the Lincoln Tomb at the Oak Ridge Cemetery and a quick stop to drop off my luggage at the room where I’ll be stay…

Secular Perspectives: Love by Robert G. Want this read at my wedding. Peoria Illinois, Robert G, Frederick Douglass, Writers And Poets, Ordinary Lives, Abraham Lincoln, Famous People, Perspective, Love Quotes

Peoria, Illinois, In Search of Robert G. Ingersoll, Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln, Part 2

Peoria, Illinois, July 28th, 2017, continued ~ Dedicated to Shannon Harrod Reyes I leave the library and begin my afternoon’s site searches at the Peoria County Courthouse. Abraham Lincoln vi…

Explore the best Michel de Montaigne quotes here at OpenQuotes. Quotations, aphorisms and citations by Michel de Montaigne Michel De Montaigne, Literary Genre, Great Philosophers, Open Quotes, Literary Criticism, Renaissance Men, Online Library, Emotional Intelligence, Book Of Life

New Podcast Episode: Michel de Montaigne

Listen to this podcast episode here or on Google Play, or subscribe on iTunes Michel de Montaigne, who lived from February 28, 1533 to September 13, 1592, was a thinker after my own heart. Montaign…

Amy and Jefferson, photo by Amy Cools March 28 2014 Great Thinkers, Ordinary Lives, Change The World, Problem Solving, Philosophy, History, Amy, March, Historia

Traveling Philosophy / History of Ideas

Philosophy, the history of ideas, and travel are three of my greatest loves, and I love to share them with you. So from time to time, I explore the lives and ideas of great thinkers through traveli…

When I visited Springfield, Illinois this summer, I found a very interesting plaque at the Old State House downtown. It told the story of John Jones and his activism against Illinois’s Black … Happy Birthday John, Springfield Illinois, Ordinary Lives, Problem Solving, Philosophy, Activities, Education, Words, Summer

Happy Birthday, John Jones!

When I visited Springfield, Illinois this summer, I found a very interesting plaque at the Old State House downtown. It told the story of John Jones and his activism against Illinois’s Black …

Missouri Constitutional Rights Flag captured by Union soldiers on June Old State Capitol Building, Springfield, Illinois. Springfield Illinois, Constitutional Rights, Capitol Building, Problem Solving, Photo Book, Soldiers, Missouri, Philosophy, Vintage World Maps

Photobook: Missouri Constitutional Rights Flag Captured by Union Soldiers on June 14th, 1861

The claim that the Southern states seceded primarily over the Constitutional issue of states’ rights issues is an oft-repeated one, and I think a troubling one for many reasons. For one thing…

New Podcast Episode: Standing Rock Reservation: In Search of Sitting Bull, I Find Sakakawea, Too, Part 1 Sitting Bull, Ordinary Lives, Wake Me Up, South Dakota, Early Morning, Google Play, Itunes, Philosophy, Faith

New Podcast Episode: Standing Rock Reservation: In Search of Sitting Bull, I Find Sakakawea, Too, Part 1

Listen to this podcast episode here or on Google Play, or subscribe on iTunes ~ Dedicated to Genessa Kealoha Journal: Faith, South Dakota, early morning July 24th, 2017 I woke up in the backseat of…

Frederick Douglass wrote to William White on July 1846 ‘I am now in Edinburgh. It is the capital of Scotland – and it is justly regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Eur… Frederick Douglass, Cities In Europe, Most Beautiful Cities, Old And New, Edinburgh, Photo Book, Philosophy, 30th, Scotland

Photobook: Frederick Douglass and Edinburgh, Old and New

Frederick Douglass wrote to William White on July 30th, 1846 ‘I am now in Edinburgh. It is the capital of Scotland – and it is justly regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Eur…

Springfield, Illinois, In Search of Abraham Lincoln, Part 2 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Presidential Libraries, Springfield Illinois, Oak Ridge, Cemetery, Philosophy, Taj Mahal, Search, Searching

Springfield, Illinois, In Search of Abraham Lincoln, Part 2

Springfield, Illinois, Saturday, July 29th, 2017, continued After my visit to the Lincoln Tomb at the Oak Ridge Cemetery and a quick stop to drop off my luggage at the room where I’ll be stay…

New Podcast Episode: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Ordinary Lives, Problem Solving, Philosophy, News, People, Philosophy Books, People Illustration, Folk

New Podcast Episode: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Listen to this podcast episode here or on Google Play, or subscribe on iTunes Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Friday, July 21st, 2017 Early morning Friday, I awake to a most spectacul…

To the Great Plains and Illinois I Go, in Search of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, and Other American Histories Sitting Bull, Great Thinkers, Great Plains, Ordinary Lives, George Washington Bridge, Crazy Horse, Abraham Lincoln, American History, Illinois

To the Great Plains and Illinois I Go, in Search of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, and Other American Histories

Hello, friends of Ordinary Philosophy! From time to time, I take a trip to some corner of the globe, to explore the lives and ideas of great thinkers in the places where they lived and worked. For …

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A Walk to Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Journal: Calton Hill, Edinburgh, early Saturday evening, August 12th Right now, I’m tucked into a little sort of alcove formed by a guardrail behind me and an old cast iron fence in front of me, si…