"Heroism in Action" was created by three diverse students,
Alice Barnes from Australia, Niccolò Dalla Palma from Italy, and Jonathan
from the United States. Using the latest in web technologies, this
interactive website forces us to think about who our heroes are, about
how we choose our heroes, and about who our heroes might be for a better
future. In this way, Heroism in Action not only recognizes the daily feats of heroism, but also encourages
us to take action. The lesson to be learned is that real heroism is not simply about death defying feats, but is about making a difference in the lives of others
and their communities.
Created and Maintained by Wayne Stewart.
This easy-to-use site presents a well written ecological thesis which
unites naturalism with metaphysics. In dedicating his work "to a new
Athena, icon of Mind at peace with Nature," Stewart opens human thought to the recovery of our ethical
relationship with what is more (or less) than merely human, even to the invertebrates, applying recent
discoveries to the most ancient of philosophical concerns -- our ontologic and ethical relations with other
living beings; forcing us to wonder just where our metaphysical logics of
domination have come from. Are complex structures (like the central nervous system, memory,
subjectivity, continuity) simply descriptions of nature's intricacy? Should
they be used as criteria for justifying subordination? Or, can our concern
over nature's 'superior' beings in some way extend an ethics beyond our traditional, historical hierarchies?
In any event, if you've ever felt a (moral) difference between eating
animals and eating vegetables, read Stewart's work to find out why.
This site draws upon the works of
naturalists -- also, it draws upon the works of metaphysical
philosophers. And this may seem an odd juxtaposition of materials,
as the two disciplines share little common ground at present. Dialogues
between naturalists and metaphysical philosophers can be contentious;
and we, being audience to the ensuing disagreements, are led to believe
that a fundamental dichotomy separates their disciplines -- or worse, to
believe that one discipline can prosper only at the expense of the
But these common notions are not sound. This document is an essay
which proves that naturalism and metaphysical philosophy can coexist
peacefully in the modern mind.
The essay itself comprises nineteen chapters. The chapters are
best read in sequential order, starting at Chapter 1.
Readers who desire to judge the philosophy's practical value may prefer
to skip ahead to Chapter 18. Metaphysics by Default can be useful
to the ethicist or ecologist, and Chapter 18 explores this potential
Readers who wonder at the inclusion of so much history in a modern work
should hazard first the dedication of Chapter 19. The dedication
invokes qualities of Hellenic spirit which are lost to us, and which
this modern essay perforce recovers.
Some supporting documents are also available through site navigation:
have been opened, and all are welcome to
lists the dates of upcoming public lectures, along
with transcripts and abstracts from previous lectures.
organize the essay's ancillary software
programs and mathematical derivations.
Works cited within the essay are listed after the appendices.