Shane Ralston

Shane Ralston

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Shane Ralston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University Hazleton. You can read many of his other articles at his academia.edu page.

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

The 2017 World Happiness Report, a list of 155 countries ranked according to multiple measures of personal and collective welfare, was recently released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a United Nations initiative. According...

David Cay Johnston: Journalism a Bastion for 'Trust Fund Kids'

In a recent Salon.com interview, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston declared that the real problem with today’s journalism is not ideological bias or fake news. Instead, it’s the myopia journalists suffer from as a...

Writer: We Have to Ditch Free Speech Because Trump Won

In a recent opinion piece in Slate, titled “The Kids are Right: There’s Nothing Outrageous about Stamping out Bigoted Speech,” Osita Nwanevu argues that in the age of Trump student activists should be permitted to dictate who speaks on college...

Why We Should Fear the Deep State

The notion of the “deep state” or a “state within a state” is creepy, to say the least. It indicates the existence of a shadowy group of unelected bureaucrats deeply embedded in the military-intelligence establishment secretly manipulating...

The College Textbook Racket

The business of selling college textbooks is a racket. As Ernie Smith of Atlas Obscura notes, it has a long history. Every academic year a new edition of practically every college textbook is released by the publisher. The prices of college...

CIA Analysts Love to Read French Philosophy

CIA analysts have been reading Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes and Jean-Paul Sartre for years. The reasons might astound you.  In a recent article in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gabriel Rockhill, a Philosophy professor at...

Dear Professor Tirrell: Speech isn’t Toxic, People Are

In Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit,” the character Joseph Garcin concludes that torture and other forms of physical punishment pale in comparison to the torment of poor company. So he pronounces that “Hell is other people.” The same cynical view...

Should Students Be Punished for Recording their Professors?

Recently a conservative student at Orange Coast College in California was suspended for video-recording his professor going on a liberal rant last November. The professor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, was supposed to be teaching a human sexuality course,...

Miss Manners: Trump is Making Americans Ruder

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Judith Martin or ‘Miss Manners’ insists that the reason why most people have deplorable manners is not poor upbringing, but Donald Trump. Not only does fact imitate fiction and life imitates art. According to...

Nietzsche Wrote Love Poems (And They Are Just What You'd Expect)

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is probably not the first person who comes to mind when you think about romantic love. For most of his life, Nietzsche was a solitary and lonely figure. In Beyond Good and Evil,...

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