Archive | October 6, 2009

The Labyrinth of Fate, With Coffee

Puppets in Hell

Puppets in Hell

I’m back from the APS – which was fun, as usual.

For those in the Auburn area, there’ll be another session of caffeinated philosophy tomorrow at 5:00 at the Gnu’s Room (next to Amsterdam Café, near the corner of Gay and Samford). This time I’ll be part of a roundtable discussing free will; check out the poster here.

Milton in Paradise Lost describes the fallen angels in Hell enjoying a similar discussion:

Others apart sat on a hill retir’d,
In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high
Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and Fate,
Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute;
And found no end, in wand’ring mazes lost.

But Milton’s fallen angels didn’t have the benefit of the Gnu’s Room’s excellent coffee, so I’m sure we’ll get it all sorted out.

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