Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hobbes, Boyle, and the vacuum pump

Sometime in the late 1650s, Robert Boyle built an apparatus that removed the air from within a glass dome. The members of the newly-formed Royal Society promptly set about devising all manner of experiments to perform with the newfangled device. … Continue reading

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Divine natures: Spinoza, Emerson, and Nietzsche

Our Fall 2014 semester just wrapped up. I asked the students in my seminar to write a longer paper on our three philosophers – and then joined in the fun and wrote one myself. Divine natures: a tale of three … Continue reading

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