Happy Holidays and a Look to the Future

To everyone who has read even one word of our journal, to everyone who has submitted even one word, to everyone who has believed in our vision, to everyone who has provided guidance, to the thankless faces on our staff who have made this journal possible, thank you. Happy Holidays. When we took on the daunting challenge of creating an undergraduate philosophy journal here at Hopkins, we imagined but also sometimes doubted the success that we have had thus far.  Prometheus has been a labor of love, a vision largely realized between the hours of 12 and 5am. Beyond the … Continue reading Happy Holidays and a Look to the Future

Hammond Society Essay Contest: What is a Good Life?

The Hammond Society of graduate philosophy students at Johns Hopkins is sponsoring an essay contest with the following prompt: What is a Good Life? When asked, ‘What do you want from life?’, or ‘What is a good life?’, many respond with the age-old slogan, ‘All that really matters is that you’re happy’. Does this slogan capture all that is relevant to a good life? Imagine that in the future, scientists and engineers develop an ‘experience machine’. People can program into the machine whatever experiences they want to undergo, and hook themselves up to this machine such that once inside, the experiences are … Continue reading Hammond Society Essay Contest: What is a Good Life?

Discussion: Towards a More Perfect Union

By Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
One part of Obama’s victory speech that stood out was his comparison of the USA to an evolving being. Through exercising our democratic ability to change our government, we are helping render our union more perfect. When one analyzes the philosophical foundations upon which his belief system rest, it appears that Obama believes in the same brand of minimalism for which most natural rights philosophers argue. We explore this implication and ask questions about our nation and moral relativism. Continue reading Discussion: Towards a More Perfect Union

Technical Difficulties Delay Vol. 1, Issue 3 of Prometheus

Due to unforeseen circumstances with our email server crashing, all submissions sent from November 6 to November 18 to Prometheus were only recently accessible by our staff. Because of this, the Prometheus staff has agreed to push back the publication’s date of our third issue: “Implications of the 2008 Election on Political Philosophy.” We send our deepest apologies for the delayed response. We will keep you informed and have the third issue of Prometheus up as soon as possible. Continue reading Technical Difficulties Delay Vol. 1, Issue 3 of Prometheus

Vol 1, Issue 3: Implications of 2008 Election on Political Philosophy

The third issue of Prometheus’ Online Journal will be our first themed issue. We are looking for short papers discussing “The Implications of the 2008 Election on Political Philosophy”. If you are like us, there is a lot you want to say about this historic moment; here is an outlet for your thoughts. Whether it be extrapolating from something in Obama’s acceptance speech to the vote on Proposition 8 to McCain’s defeat, we want to investigate the implications that this November 4 has on political philosophy.
Please submit your papers by November 16. Continue reading Vol 1, Issue 3: Implications of 2008 Election on Political Philosophy

What is philosophy? Why is it important?

There is this preconceived notion that philosophy has very little intrinsic worth, especially in the twenty-first century. Many people have a hard time comprehending the significance of a study they believe has long been replaced by psychology and the natural sciences. Many people are intrigued then when I tell them I am a philosophy major at Johns Hopkins.


So I’m often asked two questions. What is philosophy? Why is it important?

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