Philosophy

Why Not Socialism?

Why Not Socialism?

The late G. A. Cohen, an iconic political philosopher of the left who taught at Oxford, offered a thoughtful defense of socialism.

Why is Humility Important?

Why is Humility Important?

Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.

3 Warning Signs Your Life is a Sitcom About Nothing

3 Warning Signs Your Life is a Sitcom About Nothing

In Seinfeld, the characters often feel like victims. Everyday life, whether it is buying soup or socks, is hard for a Seinfeld character.

The Perils of Relativism

The Perils of Relativism

The cause of the indifference, rage, and violence we're witnessing is the lack of any objective truth.

The NFL Draft and the Division of Labor

The NFL Draft and the Division of Labor

In Plato's Republic, Socrates says that specialization is advantageous, because "we are not all alike."

Why I am Not a Libertarian

Why I am Not a Libertarian

The attraction of libertarianism is also its main defect: it offers neat solutions to complex problems.

Technology Addiction and the Gollumizing of Our Culture

Technology Addiction and the Gollumizing of Our Culture

An abundance of research shows both technology addiction and loneliness are on the rise. Is there a connection?

The Secret to Living a Life of Mastery

The Secret to Living a Life of Mastery

Many people have bought into the idea that life is or should be an “endless series of climatic moments.”

Atheists Are More Likely to Believe in Aliens. Why?

Atheists Are More Likely to Believe in Aliens. Why?

One in four Americans believe in aliens. Many of those who do are non-religious or atheists.

Are Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions?

Are Rights Anything More Than Legal Conventions?

Philosophers have debated the nature of human rights since at least the 12th century, often under the name of ‘natural rights’.

Why So Many ‘Tolerant’ People Are Actually Intolerant

Why So Many ‘Tolerant’ People Are Actually Intolerant

It’s become common to point out that those who most preach “tolerance” are often themselves highly “intolerant.”

But why is that?

5 Attributes of Thought Leaders

5 Attributes of Thought Leaders

Thought leaders are highly sought after by business firms and government agencies.

The Progressive Roots of Fascism

The Progressive Roots of Fascism

Popular wisdom holds that Fascism and Communism were diametrical opposites.  They weren't.

Is the West Worth Defending?

Is the West Worth Defending?

We should respond to the question of whether the West is worth defending by first asking this:  Which West are we being asked to defend?

How Relativism Contradicts Itself

How Relativism Contradicts Itself

Though an attitude of relativism may be growing in popularity, philosophically speaking, it’s a very silly position.

Postmodernism: The Philosophy Behind ‘Identity Politics’

Postmodernism: The Philosophy Behind ‘Identity Politics’

To help in better understanding our "brave new world"... 

Social Isolation is Dangerous to Democracy

Social Isolation is Dangerous to Democracy

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam warned that people divorced from community "are first and foremost among the supporters of extremism.”

Black Mirror's 'Nosedive' Reveals that Dystopia is Closer Than You Think

Black Mirror's 'Nosedive' Reveals that Dystopia is Closer Than You Think

The Netflix science fiction show 'Black Mirror' a few years ago portrayed a dystopian future in which people instantly rate every encounter they have.

Have You Been Using the Term Liberal Incorrectly?

Have You Been Using the Term Liberal Incorrectly?

The change in meaning came about somewhere around 1900 in English speaking countries. Tragic, but it's more than just a definition disfigurement.

Have We Learned Anything at All Since the Great War?

Have We Learned Anything at All Since the Great War?

This month marks the centenary of the entry of the United States into World War I.

College Prof Says he was Fired for not Dumbing Down his Course

College Prof Says he was Fired for not Dumbing Down his Course

Nathaniel Bork, a philosophy teacher in Colorado, was fired after questioning the Community College of Aurora's new "student success initiative."

Rachel Dolezal's Argument That She's Black Is Perfectly Logical

Rachel Dolezal's Argument That She's Black Is Perfectly Logical

In making the claim that race is just as culturally constructed as gender, Dolezal put the gender ideologues in a difficult position.

3 Ways to Spot an Ideologue

3 Ways to Spot an Ideologue

In "The End of Ideology," Daniel Bell defined ‘ideology’ as “a set of beliefs... [that] seek to transform the whole of a way of a life."

Surgeons in Canada are Harvesting Organs from Euthanised Patients

Surgeons in Canada are Harvesting Organs from Euthanised Patients

University of Ottawa professor Jennifer A. Chandler pointed out that combining organ donation with euthanasia could be ethically problematic.

Milton Friedman on 'the Major Fault of the Collectivist Philosophy'

Milton Friedman on 'the Major Fault of the Collectivist Philosophy'

In his 1951 essay “Neo-Liberalism and its Prospects,” Milton Friedman predicted a retreat of collectivism few saw coming. 

Fascism Has Left and Right Wing Roots

Fascism Has Left and Right Wing Roots

Fascism wasn't built just on hate. It also promised robust social welfare to people fearful of unbridled capitalism.

The Foundation of Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Philosophy

The Foundation of Neil Gorsuch’s Judicial Philosophy

Neil Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy, based heavily on natural law theory, was inspired by his intellectual mentor at Oxford University.

Americans Slip in Global Happiness Survey. But What is 'Happiness'?

Americans Slip in Global Happiness Survey. But What is 'Happiness'?

Since the report’s inception five years ago, the U.S. has never entered the ranking’s top 10. 

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