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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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....

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,...

'Parenting Equality' Stereotypes Hurt Both Moms and Dads

Recently there was a dust-up at The Conversation, a site where academics write journalistic articles related to their research, readers comment and the academics respond. It was over the issue of whether men or women work harder and longer in the...

Diversity Can Inhibit Learning and Cognitive Growth, Study Says

Diversity, like equality of opportunity, is one of those positively valued, ‘sacred cow’ concepts in higher education. Yes, some have criticized it for only encompassing racial, ethnic and gender identity, not ideological persuasion. Others have...

Super-Rich Survivalists Are Preparing for an Apocalypse

Have you ever imagined what you would do in the event of a zombie apocalypse without the zombies? End times without the return of the savior? A nuclear winter? An environmental catastrophe? A bloody revolution? Most of us have, but preparing for...

How Students ‘Ghost’ Through Online Degree Programs

As a college ethics professor, I try not to give advice to my students about how to cheat—even inadvertently. However, I sometimes slip and mention a loophole that students have been exploiting ever since the advent of online education....

How Ancient Greek Skepticism Can Thwart Internet Trolls

How do you deal with those pesky trolls who seem to be everywhere on social media sites nowadays? Nothing ruins the cool vibe of the social media experience more than their online diatribes, meant to tease and instigate with every key stroke....

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