More Day To Dawn



Reflections in the spirit of Henry Thoreau ("Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star." ) and William James ("the really vital question for us all is, What is this world going to be? What is life eventually to make of itself?"). Blogging at and, tweeting @osopher.


  • My Opinion Podcast at Tennessee

    My Opinion Podcast at Tennessee

    27/07/2018 Duración: 16s

    My Opinion Podcast at Tennessee by Phil Oliver

  • Vin Scullys last game

    Vin Scully's last game

    02/10/2016 Duración: 39s

    A snippet of Vin Scully's last broadcast, in San Francisco 10.2.16.

  • Doomsday


    10/06/2016 Duración: 01min

    "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year,” and get on with it."

  • The sharp  narrow path

    The sharp & narrow path

    09/06/2016 Duración: 02min

    Ockham's razor, Somerset Maugham, William James, and "salvation"

  • Abelards ultimate tragedy

    Abelard's ultimate tragedy

    01/06/2016 Duración: 05min

    There's an intellectual form of self-neutering that's worse, in some ways, than the tragedy of Abelard and Heloise.

  • Happiness-the best of the west

    Happiness-the best of the west

    21/05/2016 Duración: 04min

    Our fourth and final Lifelong Learner's Happiness class at MTSU will glean the wisdom of Montaigne, Hume, James, Russell, Csikszentmihalyi, and Jennifer Michael Hecht. "Hang a sign that says HOME on a tree and you're done." And, Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

  • Hegel  Schopenhauer

    Hegel & Schopenhauer

    02/11/2015 Duración: 06min

    In search of Reality itself, we might do better to focus on lower-case realities like a well-pitched softball game or a World Series championship.

  • Camuss Myth of Sisyphus

    Camus's Myth of Sisyphus

    28/10/2015 Duración: 09min

    "The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."

  • Pangloss and meliorism

    Pangloss and meliorism

    21/10/2015 Duración: 12min

    A better world has to be possible.

  • Mills happiness

    Mill's happiness

    19/10/2015 Duración: 13min

    J.S. Mill recovered from overzealous homeschooling with the aid of music and poetry.

  • Lenoirs Happiness 16-18

    Lenoir's Happiness 16-18

    30/09/2015 Duración: 08min

    Individual & collective happiness; desire, boredom, loving life as it is.

  • Seneca, Schopenhauer

    Seneca, Schopenhauer

    21/09/2015 Duración: 09min

    Seneca, Stoics, Schopenhauer - if your "deeper nature" isn't happy enough, can you change it?

  • Study Abroad course July 2016-American philosophy, British roots

    Study Abroad course July 2016-American philosophy, British roots

    14/09/2015 Duración: 05min

    Come on along! Details at

  • Happiness  the good life

    Happiness & the good life

    09/09/2015 Duración: 12min

    Haybron's ch8

  • The sources of happiness

    The sources of happiness

    06/09/2015 Duración: 08min

    From Daniel Haybron's "Very Short Inroduction" ch5.

  • I believe in the peripatetic life

    I believe in the peripatetic life

    29/08/2015 Duración: 07min

    Looking at "This I Believe," and the conviction of some of us that the best philosophy comes from "feet on the ground."

  • Happiness is to be dissolved

    Happiness is to be "dissolved"

    26/08/2015 Duración: 02min

    So said Willa Cather, via Maria Popova.

  • Opening deja-vu

    Opening deja-vu

    19/08/2015 Duración: 13min

    Looking back at last year's Opening Day of the academic season, as this year's approaches.

  • The college game

    The college game

    14/08/2015 Duración: 05min

    In anticipation of a new academic year, reflections on why and how we play this college game and a tip to take the time YOU need to get what college can give you.

  • Springs 2

    Springs 2

    29/07/2015 Duración: 10min

    2d installment of the Springs project, a slow-read recording of "William James's 'Springs of Delight'-the Return to Life" (Vanderbilt Press, 2001), read by author Phil Oliver.

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