Category Archives: Philosophy

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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Are You Smart Enough to Live in a Free Society? [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “Honestly now: Do you have what it takes? We all like to think we’re smarter than average, but the math is cruel. Half of us are below median intelligence, and some of us are … Continue reading

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Updated: Classic Readings in Philosophy of Education

To accompany my Philosophy of Education course lectures on video, here are readings from key philosophers. Idealism: Plato (the Allegory of the Cave from Republic) and Immanuel Kant (from On Education). Realism: Aristotle (from Politics) and John Locke (from Some … Continue reading

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O dinheiro compra as eleições? Quando os bilionários cortejam os eleitores

Outra eleição se aproxima e a questão na mente de todos é a seguinte: os grandes doadores terão o retorno esperado? O cinismo sobre o financiamento de campanhas é uma resposta saudável a nossa longa história de capitalismo de compadrio. … Continue reading

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13 arguments for liberal capitalism — with Portuguese subtitles

For the video’s Portuguese subtitles, click the “Transcription” icon: Here is the original English transcription, and here is the text of the Portuguese translation. More of my work in Portuguese translation here.

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How to Discriminate Properly [new The Good Life column]

The opening of my latest column at EveryJoe: “Irrational and unjust discrimination in the workplace deserves exposure and condemnation. But what about rational discrimination? Consider the following cases. “You are the chair of the hiring committee for a new president … Continue reading

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Sexo na universidade e a antisexualidade dos novos autoritários

Um dos crimes mais terríveis que existe é o estupro. O sexo deveria ser uma coisa bonita e divertida — no entanto, o estupro toma a mais pessoal das experiências e a transforma em degradação. Existem notícias moderadamente boas no … Continue reading

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Heine versus Nietzsche on obscurantism in philosophy

To what extent is bad writing style, particularly bad academic style, a result of (a) poor skill, (b) affectation, (c) imitation, or (d) a tool to conceal the meaning and implications of one’s ideas? Heinrich Heine here lambasts many of … Continue reading

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