The Beatles Break-Up

It is about time I purge the subject of The Beatles on this blog, given that I hold myself to be their greatest fan. I chose to illuminate the subject of the band’s disbanding. This is a topic that his highly debated and one that I feel is often misunderstood. First off, many have fallen … Continue reading

The Hardest Working Man In Show Business

Mr. James Brown the “Hardest Working Man In Show Business” For those of you who have not had the privilege of an intimate introduction into the birth of funk with James Brown, let it begin. I want the music to speak for itself, but a little background is necessary as a framework to truly understand … Continue reading

University of Arizona and Its So-Called “Peer Institutions”

The Desert Lamp blog published a commentary and reflection today on the Daily Wildcat’s piece by Anna Swenson on the topic of tuition increases in relation to our University of Arizona “peer institutions.” Swenson’s article basically focuses on President Shelton’s proposed tuition increase, which can be found discussed in this blog’s previous post. Swenson writes … Continue reading

The Underdog

What is it about the concept of “the underdog” that is so appealing? I am always rooting for the underdog. I have always had a soft spot for those unfavored competitors, whether it be in movies, sports, or life. My father aided in the development of this tenderness for those unfavored competitors, but there must … Continue reading

Fly as a Fly: William Blake’s “The Fly”

Humans, as a species, are subject to making decisions and taking actions without thought. In William Blake’s poem, The Fly, he addresses this fact of life as a human and delves into the philosophical issues that arise from one action in particular, the swatting away of a fly. Blake takes the simple careless action of … Continue reading

Plato’s Haze of Forms: A Look into Plato’s Views on What Forms Are

This paper will delineate what it is that Plato believes forms are and what roles they play in the views of Plato’s Socrates. It is necessary, before beginning, to explain how Plato arrives at his theory of forms. Plato states that knowledge has special objects and he states this because he asserts that we, as … Continue reading

J.M Coetzee’s “Disgrace” – Differing Reactions Lead to Differing Disgraces

Traumatic events yield differing responses from different people. J.M. Coetzee’s characters David and Lucy from his novel Disgrace are not alone in that their responses to the brutal and life-changing attack leaves them altered in their own unique ways. These differing responses of David and Lucy push the reader to ponder and inquire further into … Continue reading

An Opposition to the Abolition: Utilitarianism and Slavery

One of the most common objections to Utilitarianism is the idea that it endorses slavery. It is widely accepted that slavery is inherently wrong. If a moral theory endorses slavery, how can that theory be a plausible theory, let alone one that anyone would wish to adopt as their own? In this paper I will … Continue reading

Death of a Stranger: Cormac McCarthy’s “All The Pretty Horses”

“There seemed insufficient substance to him to be the object of men’s wrath” (McCarthy 177) The motivations to do certain actions in one’s life are generated from a multitude of places. In Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, the protagonist, John Grady Cole’s, motivation to not only stay true to the mystery acquaintance, Blevins, but … Continue reading

An Attempted Assault on Virtue Ethics With an Accusation of Egoism

Virtue Ethics commonly becomes the subject of attack on grounds that it is indeed egoistic. Julia Annas, in her article “Virtue Ethics and the Charge of Egoism,” combats this objection to virtue ethics and, in particular, the objections of Tom Hurka. In this paper, I will layout a complete understanding of virtue ethics, discuss objections, … Continue reading