Jack Bauer Ethics

Please forgive a moderately outdated pop-culture reference.  I know the TV show 24 was cancelled a few years ago.  But hopefully after nine seasons, the show and its main protagonist still remain enough in our collective consciousness to warrant their use.

To be honest, I was never a huge 24 fan.  The first time I saw it, I loved it.  Eventually though, the premise gets a little too predictable or tired. Not everything fits neatly into 24 hour-long episodes.  One thing I always admired, though, was the consistent moral position of Jack Bauer.  Continue reading

The Epictetus Wake-up Call

Epictetus, the Stoic philosopher, is valuable reading for anyone trying to understand the meaning of life and our place in it. Whether you agree with him or not, his writing is clear and elegant, and his ideas are challenging and insightful. I had the great honor of being able to teach his book this semester and when I read through it this time, I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before. Tucked away at the end of his Enchiridion, his own summary of his philosophy, is this gem:

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