Fun Philosophical Essays

This is a place for philosophical essays by faculty, current students, and alumni philosophy majors, designed to attract readers keen on thinking philosophically in the format of the “occasional essay.”  The essays should be (more or less) stand-alone essays that do not require expert background knowledge, but do exhibit the ways in which philosophical reflection can be woven into everyday life, special events, or topics of general interest. There is no restriction on content, but we are looking to post essays that combine entertainment with seriousness.  This is not a site for ponderous, meticulous research, but more of a catchall page for essays combining whimsy with philosophical insights.  This is a guideline, however, rather than a strict rule.  Exhibited essays are chosen at the discretion of the editors of this page.

For submissions, please send your essay to both Sue Newland (newlands@stolaf.edu) and Thomas Lambert (lambertt@stolaf.edu)

Charles Taliaferro: “Flowers and the Love of Wisdom in Iran”

Charles Taliaferro: “Once Upon A Workshop”