Philosophy

Humans are Intensely Loyal to Groups that Haze Newcomers. Why?

Humans are Intensely Loyal to Groups that Haze Newcomers. Why?

Hazing practices have a deep history and cross-cultural universality.

Stem Cell Science Could Soon Make Sex Obsolete (or Largely Recreational)

Stem Cell Science Could Soon Make Sex Obsolete (or Largely Recreational)

Scientists are close to finding out how to create eggs and sperm in a Petri dish. 

The Intellectual Roots of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Intellectual Roots of Martin Luther King Jr.

Popular culture often overlooks that MLK's ideas and rhetoric were steeped in the Western tradition.

Yearning for Good, Old-Fashioned Paganism

Yearning for Good, Old-Fashioned Paganism

Give me the dawn of the Greek golden age in philosophy and not the setting of reason’s sun in the gloom, doom and nihilism of postmodernism.

Nobody Knows Where the Word ‘Religion’ Comes From

Nobody Knows Where the Word ‘Religion’ Comes From

The etymology of the term is a mystery

When Warming Up a Car in Winter Becomes a Crime

When Warming Up a Car in Winter Becomes a Crime

A Michigan man's ticketing for warming up his car on a frigid day brings to mind something Bertrand Russell wrote on "petty power."

Philosopher: Chance is Baked into the Cake of Democracy

Philosopher: Chance is Baked into the Cake of Democracy

In a state devoted to upholding the principle of equality – as a democracy does – chance is the proper and only foundation of authority.

The Tortured Logic of the Gender Revolutionaries

The Tortured Logic of the Gender Revolutionaries

National Geographic is now trying its hand at gender theory.

Plato, Descartes and Kant Too White for Univ. Students

Plato, Descartes and Kant Too White for Univ. Students

Students: “White philosophers” should be studied only “if required”--and then only critically.

Did Plato Get His Ideas from the Bible?

Did Plato Get His Ideas from the Bible?

This thesis was common in the ancient world. 

A Lesson We All Can Learn from the Chicago Torture Case

A Lesson We All Can Learn from the Chicago Torture Case

There is a powerful human inclination to reduce others to mere objects.

Christians: Those Who Criticize ‘Religion’ May Have a Point

Christians: Those Who Criticize ‘Religion’ May Have a Point

Some influential Christian thinkers have criticized the very idea of "religion".

Terrifying Beauty Makes no Sense

Terrifying Beauty Makes no Sense

There are some things that evolutionary biology can’t answer.

Is It Better to Beat Temptation or Never Feel Tempted at All?

Is It Better to Beat Temptation or Never Feel Tempted at All?

How does the inner struggle with temptation affect how our actions are viewed by others?

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Is Hunting Moral? A Philosopher Unpacks the Question

Is Hunting Moral? A Philosopher Unpacks the Question

As a student of philosophy and ethics, I think philosophy can help us clarify, systematize and evaluate the arguments on both sides.

Has Society Forgotten How to Be Responsible?

Has Society Forgotten How to Be Responsible?

Would we see a more functional, thriving population if Americans began embracing responsibility instead of thrusting it off on others?

Blade Runner 2049: The Thinker’s Film of 2017?

Blade Runner 2049: The Thinker’s Film of 2017?

The film, which is slated to hit theaters in October, will probe a timeless and timely question: What does it mean to be human? 

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

Why I Rent a Tiny Apartment Rather than Buy a Big Home

My ideal home has two rooms: a bedroom to sleep in, and a kitchen to cook in.

How We’ll Remember George Michael

How We’ll Remember George Michael

By choosing to remember only half of their portraits, we deny celebrities their humanity and overlook an obvious truth.

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

According to Jean-Paul Sartre, someone who lives in bad faith treats themselves as an object, not as an autonomous or freely choosing agent.

10 Interesting Historical Facts about European Monasteries

10 Interesting Historical Facts about European Monasteries

The monastery was the most influential institution in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.  

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

Why Wandering Minds Are Unhappy Minds

A pair of Harvard researchers found that humans spend nearly half their time thinking about something other than what they’re doing.

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.

Prof: Why My University Shutdown My Website and Blog

Prof: Why My University Shutdown My Website and Blog

College administrators often believe they have authority to suppress speech when an authors’ expressions get controversial. But is it good policy?

New Study Links Pot Use to Degenerative Brain Disorder

New Study Links Pot Use to Degenerative Brain Disorder

Has the first negative side effect to cannabis finally been found? 

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

Once upon a time, in a far away land, Santa Claus gave way to Ded Moroz or “Old Man Frost.” 

‘Trump Attackers’ Who Tried to Grab this Woman’s Hijab Were Fake

‘Trump Attackers’ Who Tried to Grab this Woman’s Hijab Were Fake

Crime, like everything else in America, has become politicized.

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