Philosophy

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

The Progressive Roots of Fascism

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

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

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

Postmodernism: The Philosophy Behind ‘Identity Politics’

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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'

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 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

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'?

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

Professor: Relativism Destroying Our Esteem for Education

A case for ditching relativism and returning to absolutes?

6 Questions to Ask to Determine if You're an Alienated Soul

How are we to know who is and who isn’t an alien? And, most creepy of all, how do we know if we might be aliens ourselves?

How Teaching Philosophy Can help Combat Extremism

The current state of the world is undeniably complex and turbulent. Philosophy can give young people sustaining goals to hang on to in uncertain times.

When Euthanasia Becomes Murder

“Legalizing euthanasia doesn’t empower you... It empowers doctors.”

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