December 2015 Little Philosopher’s Walk (Imagination)

Merlin CCC | Merlin Nature Preserve | December 2015 Inaugural Little Philosopher's Walk

We had so much fun on our inaugural little philosopher’s walk. Our December 2015 meandering was geared toward kids (hence “Little Philosopher’s”). Our main aims were to have fun with philosophy, to introduce and talk about some important philosophical and character-related topics, and to explore and enjoy the beauty of…

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Empathy v. Sympathy

Merlin | Empathy v. Sympathy

On a recent ‘Little Philosopher’s Walk’, one of our fun ‘Merlin Meanderings’ that we held here at Merlin Nature Preserve, we discussed & explored the importance and value of imagination.  In the course of our conversation, the work of Dr. Brené Brown, Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate…

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Practical Guidelines for Empathy

Think empathy is overrated?  Think again!  Empathy is crucial to our and others’ well-being in countless ways.  In this article, Dr. Elliot D. Cohen, one of the principal founders of philosophical counseling in the United States & Executive Director of the National Philosophical Counseling Association, helps to clarify the nature…

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Merlin Philosophy Walks Featured in MWA Newsletter

We love Montana and the great outdoors!  That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we were recently featured in the Montana Wilderness Association‘s Wild Divide Chapter Newsletter! Please click here (or on the image to the left) for news about some important things happening in our area, including desired…

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Philosophy is For Everyone

Should philosophy be confined to the walls of academia or accessible to everyone?  Scott Samuelson, Professor of Philosophy at Kirkwood Community College, explores this topic and discusses how philosophy is more than just “the stuff of ivory towers” and why it is so important. In a nutshell, he claims that…

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A History of Eastern Philosophy Chart

Not too long ago we posted a great chart from superscholar.org on the history of Western Philosophy.   Here is another one of their awesome abbreviated and informative charts — this time on the flow of thought in Eastern Philosophy.  While  several integral scholars in Eastern thought are not listed here,…

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A History of Western Philosophy Chart

This awesome chart from superscholar.org provides an abbreviated, easy to follow, and informative overview of the general flow of thought in Western Philosophy.  Although missing several influential scholars, it does a great job at capturing the nuts-and-bolts of things and is very well thought-out.  We hope you enjoy this visual…

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October 2015 Philosophy Walk (Intro to Philosophy)

We had a blast on our inaugural philosophy walk. Our small (but awesome) group enjoyed a wonderful stroll and great conversation about all things philosophy (and more) on Mount Helena. In addition to the stunning local terrain and fantastic Fall weather (which managed to hold out through the weekend!), we…

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