Category Archives: Philosophy

Are We Too Wicked for Freedom? [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “An ancient myth tells of a poor young man who found a magical ring. The young man’s name was Gyges. He was a shepherd, responsible for tending his village’s sheep as they … Continue reading

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New addition in Philosophy’s Longest Sentences competition

Which philosopher writes the most mind-numbingly long sentences? Ken Brown sends in a new contender — a 179 word-marathon from John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism: “But inasmuch as the cultivation in ourselves of a sensitive feeling on the subject of veracity, … Continue reading

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O poder não corrompe — o caráter é o que realmente importa

Em colunas anteriores, tratamos sobre sexo e dinheiro. Agora, vamos falar de poder. Assim como o sexo e o dinheiro — e a maioria das coisas importantes da vida — muitas bobagens são ditas sobre o poder. Talvez a principal de todas elas seja … Continue reading

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“Should I Marry You?” Answers From the Philosophers [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “Romance is in the air, and even the lovers of wisdom are not immune from its allure. “So here is a round-up of philosophers talking to their sweethearts – collected from conversations overheard at … Continue reading

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Kostyło’s review of Nietzsche and the Nazis

Professor Piotr Kostyło of the University of Casimir the Great reviews the Polish edition of Nietzsche and the Nazis: PDF: “Czy wiemy, za czym cie opowiedamy? Stephena Hickss obrana indywidualizmu”. The review was published in Zeszyty Chojnickie No. 30 (2014), … Continue reading

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Intellectual History page updated, February 2014

My page devoted to posts and essays in Intellectual History has been updated to include recent posts: * Unamuno on Kant on God in the first two Critiques. * Heine versus Nietzsche on obscurantism in philosophy. * Should We Thank … Continue reading

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On Intelligence, Freedom, and Who Knows What’s Best for You Read [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “Intelligence is a human being’s most important asset. “One sign of this is the amount of time we spend educating our young. For some species, such as squirrels and hawks, the learning … Continue reading

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A política esquizofrênica — sexo, saúde, religião, dinheiro e outras coisas importantes

Esquizofrênico, adjetivo: de, relacionado a, ou caracterizado pela coexistência de elementos incompatíveis ou antagônicos. Vamos falar sobre uma razão pela qual a política nos torna um pouco loucos — sua mistura incoerente de leis e regulamentações. (Aviso: metáfora exagerada à frente) … Continue reading

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