Philosophy

‘I Am Mother’: Brainless Diversion… but With a Darker Point

‘I Am Mother’: Brainless Diversion… but With a Darker Point

Underneath its unoriginal premise, a Netflix show toys with the idea of giving the human race a complete reset. 

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

Most people have no idea how to incorporate logic into everyday argumentation.

‘I Want You to Panic,’ Said Greta, and Panic They Did

‘I Want You to Panic,’ Said Greta, and Panic They Did

Even if most of us are still using plastic drinking straws and driving gas-guzzlers, the words of the prophet from Stockholm have not fallen on dry ground.

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

What Saint Augustine Would Have Thought of Joel Osteen

These brilliant tweets highlight something important that Joel Osteen gets wrong.

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

What if words are all we have? What if they are one of the only shields left to absorb the hammer blows of our circumstances and failures?

How One Contrarian ‘Broke’ Jeopardy! and Won $1.7 Million

How One Contrarian ‘Broke’ Jeopardy! and Won $1.7 Million

James Holzhauer doesn't skirt the rules, he just plays unconventionally---a good tableau for life.

The Perils of an Open Mind

The Perils of an Open Mind

How often have you heard someone praised for having an open mind? Pretty often, I’d bet.

‘8 Mile’ and the Power of Logos

‘8 Mile’ and the Power of Logos

Given our society's current inability to engage in rational discourse, a renewed appreciation for the logos as a shared commitment to seeking and articulating truth could be our only hope.

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.

The Rights Glut

The Rights Glut

When someone talks about someone having "rights," what do they mean?

How to Give Up Outrage and Enjoy Your Life

How to Give Up Outrage and Enjoy Your Life

As we let go of outrage, we are not only more forgiving of others but also more forgiving of ourselves.

Are We In Fact Melding With Machines?

Are We In Fact Melding With Machines?

It could be argued that today’s young “snowflakes” are the obvious products of a lifetime immersion in digitalism.

Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Zizek Are Going to Debate Marxism and Capitalism. What Should We Expect?

Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Zizek Are Going to Debate Marxism and Capitalism. What Should We Expect?

Jordan Peterson and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek will debate “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism" in April.

Why Time Speeds Up as We Get Older (And What We Can Do About It)

Why Time Speeds Up as We Get Older (And What We Can Do About It)

Time seems to go faster as we age. When we were children, the school year and then the summer seemed to stretch forever. As adults, we wonder where the time went.

Medieval Wisdom on Healing Personal Discouragement

Medieval Wisdom on Healing Personal Discouragement

Who among us has not suffered discouragement, doubt, or sadness?

Seven Ways to Remain Sane in an Age of Insanity

Seven Ways to Remain Sane in an Age of Insanity

All of us, liberals and conservatives, need laughter. Not the snide humor of some late-night comedians, mind you, but the rolling guffaw our attackers deserve, a belly laugh of epic proportions.

 

The Carl Jung Behind Jordan Peterson

The Carl Jung Behind Jordan Peterson

The Swiss psychologist foresaw and lamented the West's break with tradition and the loneliness of modernity.

Democratic Party Supports Socialism, Poll Says

Democratic Party Supports Socialism, Poll Says

The Zogby and Harvard/Harris polls showing rising support for socialism among Democrats are not outliers.

The Essential Life Lesson in the Series Finale of ‘The Office’

The Essential Life Lesson in the Series Finale of ‘The Office’

From the comfort of our armchair, The Office shows us what we see in others, we can see in ourselves.

Are Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson Using the Same Method to Build Their Audiences?

Are Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson Using the Same Method to Build Their Audiences?

In essence, Marie Kondo and Jordan Peterson are encouraging and equipping people to pull their lives together.

How to Win Arguments When You Haven’t a Leg to Stand On

How to Win Arguments When You Haven’t a Leg to Stand On

Arthur Schopenhauer should be named as the official philosopher of the internet.

The Soft Nihilism of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

The Soft Nihilism of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’

In 1971, John Lennon asked us to imagine a world with "no heaven," "no hell," "no religion," and "nothing to kill or die for."

'They Shall Not Grow Old' and the Rise of Moral Nihilism

'They Shall Not Grow Old' and the Rise of Moral Nihilism

They Shall Not Grow Old is an extremely painful and powerful film to watch.

What One Professor Learned While Teaching Conservative Political Theory to Liberal Students
Why Stress Is One of the Best Predictors of High Life Satisfaction

Why Stress Is One of the Best Predictors of High Life Satisfaction

People may spend their lives seeking permanent solutions to ease feelings of stress in their lives. Such solutions may seem tantalizingly close; in reality, they are out of reach.

A Rational Checklist is No Match for Emotions in Matters of the Heart

A Rational Checklist is No Match for Emotions in Matters of the Heart

Given the strong and complex feelings involved, you may be prone to the empathy gap in the search for the perfect partner.

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

"We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious."

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