Philosophy

What Happens When You Think

What Happens When You Think

Ever wonder what happens when you think? A French philosopher gives you a hand-drawn diagram to explain.

What We Can Learn from David Cassidy’s Dying Words

What We Can Learn from David Cassidy’s Dying Words

David Cassidy's estranged daughter shared her father's dying words. And they can be a lesson for us all.

How to Fight Bullshit at Work (and Keep Your Dignity and Job)

How to Fight Bullshit at Work (and Keep Your Dignity and Job)

The philosopher Harry Frankfurt at Princeton University defined bullshit as talk that has no relationship to the truth.

Why You Feel the Need to Touch those Keys in Your Pocket Before You Leave the House

Why You Feel the Need to Touch those Keys in Your Pocket Before You Leave the House

Contrary to the proverbial expression that ‘seeing is believing’, it is touch that secures our epistemic grip on reality.

C.S. Lewis on Government, Economics, and Freedom

C.S. Lewis on Government, Economics, and Freedom

“I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the freeborn mind’. But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing."

Americans Are Living in Denial on a Great Many Things

Americans Are Living in Denial on a Great Many Things

A new Gallup poll reveals a troubling trend in the U.S.: Americans are detached from reality. 

Teacher Discovers that Young Students Really Can Be Taught to Think for Themselves

Teacher Discovers that Young Students Really Can Be Taught to Think for Themselves

Is it time to start teaching kids how to think instead of what to think?

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.

The Democratic Fallacy (No, Not That One)

The Democratic Fallacy (No, Not That One)

"The mob is fickle"... and from a logical perspective, so are appeals to it. 

What to Do On Thanksgiving

What to Do On Thanksgiving

In a culture so animated by people wanting, taking, and consuming, Thanksgiving stands alone. It is a time of humility, a time to remember all those who toiled and struggled to secure the blessings we have, a time to maybe even acknowledge the hand of Providence. 

'I Love You Daddy' is a Triumph of Relativism

'I Love You Daddy' is a Triumph of Relativism

The response to Louis C.K.’s movie 'I Love You Daddy' proves C.S. Lewis was right about the nature of relativism.

5 Ways to Not Let Politics Ruin Thanksgiving

5 Ways to Not Let Politics Ruin Thanksgiving

Here are five suggestions to help bring harmony to your Thanksgiving table. 

Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)

Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)

The cultural historian Jacques Barzun suggested that persecution is just as likely to germinate in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry as under an atmosphere of repression.

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Why Rome's Republic Fell With Cicero

Cicero was the Roman Socrates, a man who stood for the community over time, rather than the community of the moment. Like his Greek ancestor, Cicero died a martyr.

Professor Makes Students Cluck Like a Chicken When Beginning a Statement With ‘I Feel’

Professor Makes Students Cluck Like a Chicken When Beginning a Statement With ‘I Feel’

Some professors are fed up with the feelings-based arguments they get in class and are trying to retrain their students to argue logically.

 Why Philosophy is so Important in Science Education

Why Philosophy is so Important in Science Education

Students often treat philosophy as wholly distinct from and subordinate to science. They shouldn't.

Teacher Facing Discipline for ‘Misgendering’ Student

Teacher Facing Discipline for ‘Misgendering’ Student

Joshua Sutcliffe, a Christian pastor from Oxford, admitted he said 'Well done girls' when addressing a group that included a transgender student.

The First Amendment Protects a Dissenting Cake Baker, Not State Coercion

The First Amendment Protects a Dissenting Cake Baker, Not State Coercion

The Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission will decide if the government can force in baker to make a cake in violation of his conscience.

Wanting Something Doesn't Make it a Human Right

Wanting Something Doesn't Make it a Human Right

Leonard Read wrote about “When Wishes Become Rights,” in his 1967 Deeper Than You Think.

Why Are There So Many Mass Shootings Today?

Why Are There So Many Mass Shootings Today?

The philosopher Hannah Arendt predicted that violence and social unrest would surge in a modern age that deprived humans of an important function: the ability to act. 

Self-Sacrifice: The Most Powerful Idea in Our Culture

Self-Sacrifice: The Most Powerful Idea in Our Culture

It would be a mistake to overlook just how Christian this idea is.

Mark Lilla: My Students Are Consumed with Their Own Identities

Mark Lilla: My Students Are Consumed with Their Own Identities

The New Yorker recently had an extensive interview with Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla that was quite good. 

'Empathy' is Becoming a Joke

'Empathy' is Becoming a Joke

HBO’s hit show 'Silicon Valley' recently skewered the trend of using 'empathy' to grandstand and feel good without actually doing anything. 

Up to 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted in Past Presidential Elections, Study Finds

Up to 5.7 Million Noncitizens Voted in Past Presidential Elections, Study Finds

The study is based on data compiled from Harvard University’s Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

Philosophy is Lost in the Dark

Philosophy is Lost in the Dark

Without restoring Plato and true philosophy to their proper stations, we are certain to continue the descent into darkness.

When You Stop Blaming, Real Change Begins

When You Stop Blaming, Real Change Begins

Philosopher G.K. Chesterton once was asked, 'What’s wrong with the world today?' He responded simply, “Dear Sir, I am. Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”

The Key to Happiness: Focus on what’s within your control

The Key to Happiness: Focus on what’s within your control

The idea can be traced to the Stoic philosopher Epictetus.

Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century.

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