The Space of Love and Garbage

The Space of Love and Garbage - By Phin Upham

The Space of Love and Garbage – By Phin Upham

By Phin Upham

“The Space of Love and Garbage,” is a collection of the best twenty essays from the Harvard Review of Philosophy. I had the privilege of working on this book while pursuing my studies as an undergraduate philosophy student at Harvard University. Among other great minds of today, the collection includes essays by Hubert Dreyfus and Gisela Striker.

In the essay “The Brave New World of The Matrix,” Hubert Dreyfus thinks through the philosophical implications of the movie The Matrix, examining the film’s question of elemental skepticism—Do we exist in reality as we seem to ourselves?—and extends that skepticism to question the value of reality. Is it “better to live in the real world no matter how miserable rather than living in an illusory world that makes us feel good?” and Dreyfus father and son give their provocative answers. Continue reading

Thoughts on Bentham

By Phin Upham

I recently re-read “Bentham’s Philosophical Politics” by James E. Crimmins, included in my book Space of Love and Garbage. James E. Crimmins is Professor of Political theory at Huron College, Ontario. His publications include Secular Utilitarianism: Social Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham, Religion, Secularization and Political Thought: Thomas Hobbes to J.S. Mill, Utilitarians and Religion, Bentham’s Auto-Icon, and Related Writings, and On Bentham in the Wadsworth Philosophers series. He is currently researching the writings of American utilitarians and critics, and working on a multi-volume collection of death penalty tracts in Britain and America, 1925–1867. Continue reading

All We Need Is a Paradigm

All We Need Is a Paradigm - By Phin Upham

All We Need Is a Paradigm – By Phin Upham

By Phin Upham

I worked on “All We Need is a Paradigm,” a collection of essays I edited in 2009 from The Harvard Review of Philosophy. One of the brilliant minds who contributed to the book is Richard G. Heck, Jr., a contemporary philosopher whose fields of interest include the philosophy of language and logic, and the work of Gottlob Frege. Continue reading

The Key to Business Success – By Phin Upham

By Phin Upham

The business world thrives on competition. But what makes the biggest difference between a successful firm and one that doesn’t make it in the long run? Business owners and top executives would love to know that secret ingredient that contributes to a firm’s success or failure. The problem is that it doesn’t exist, at least not in the way they are hoping. There are, however, several points of view which might explain why some firms have a “sustainable competitive advantage.” One of these views is the dynamic capabilities view. Continue reading