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Kevin Cannon '02 tackles the serious issues of philosophy

Philosophy has an image problem. The discipline has been unfairly characterized as dry, self-serious, and disconnected from reality. But philosophy has always had a sense of humor. Just consider what St. Augustine related in his famed Confessions, an account of his philosophical and religious development. As a young man, he was worried about sinning, but he was also a normal guy who wasn't quite ready to change his licentious lifestyle, not even for the Almighty. Thus, he beseeched God to grant him chastity -- just not yet. And later on in Confessions, Augustine considers the question: "What was God doing before he created time?" Augustine answered that He was preparing Hell for people who ask such questions.

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