APA Member Interview: Amy Cools

Amy Cools, Portrait by Alex Black, 2014October 21, 2016 by Skye Cleary for the American Philosophical Association Blog

What excites you about philosophy?

There’s something about discovering or realizing a truth about the world and about our inner experiences of it that’s more thrilling to me than anything else. When I first read Wilfred Seller’s definition of philosophy, the “aim…to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term”, I recognized that his conception of philosophy is closest to my own. I believe philosophy is something that all human beings engage in, to one degree or another, and to feel that I’m part of this great human endeavor to understand and appreciate the world is also deeply satisfying…

Read the rest of this interview at the APA Blog

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Spotted: A Definition of Philosophy and of Religion on a Library Wall

Definition of Philosophy and Religion on Rundel Library Building, Rochester, photo 2016 Amy CoolsThe other day, I spotted these definitions of Religion and Philosophy.

They’re engraved on the side of the handsome Rundel Memorial Building of the downtown Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.

What do you think of these definitions?

Like the author(s), do you think religion and philosophy are two separate things, one dealing strictly with human thought and affairs, and the other with aligning human will to the divine?