The Mainstream, The Fringe, and Liberal Pluralism

One of the most glaringly obvious failings of Rawls was to have a liberalism so pluralistic that to stop conspiracy theorists, nationalists, pseudoscientists, and the rest, we have to wait until they have gained more than enough of a following to do real damage. Eventually, the followers may do something violent after which our RawlsianContinue reading “The Mainstream, The Fringe, and Liberal Pluralism”

Britney Spears’ New Atheism

As a religious polemicist, I felt I could contribute something here. Now, my views on Britney Spears, like most of Hollywood, aren’t terribly great since they bend to market pressures and sell whatever unhealthy intellectual junk food the public so desires. Britney’s reasons for conversion to atheism were a bit, philosophically, weak and betrayed anContinue reading “Britney Spears’ New Atheism”

The New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left

I am a member of the left and I write about the left on this blog very much but the left is hardly a monolith. The part of the left to which I belong is The New Left; the tradition of the SDS, the Yippies, and the political hippies. The New Left was not allContinue reading “The New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left”

Martyrdom, Love, and Fear

In my recent article “Flirting on the Spectrum”, I write about how awkwardness can lead to false red flags and how the world being at DEFCON ONE prevents romance. I have never had that type of fear and it isn’t just because I’m male but because I am not that afraid of death or harmContinue reading “Martyrdom, Love, and Fear”

Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere

How does the public sphere purvey a moral system? The government funds art and it could grant subsidies to artists with positive messages. The obvious, and stupid, Rawlsian retort would be “who chooses what is moral?” Traditional virtues of love, kindness, honesty, humility, grace, mercy, love, education, etc… are not controversial between the major religionsContinue reading “Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere”

God & The Hegelian Dialectic

Unlike most of the major enlightenment philosophers, Hegel was a deeply Christian man. His theory on the progression of society through ideas which is the dominant and I, believe, true description of social progress. The presence of God in history is a topic I would deign not cover as it ventures out of the realmContinue reading “God & The Hegelian Dialectic”

The Philosophy of History

I majored in history and one question that comes up in intro history classes is “What is history?” My answer to what history is derived from Hegel and Parfit. It is the process by which paradigms evolve. It is normal becoming strange and a new normal replacing it. It is the unthinkable becoming unthinkable toContinue reading “The Philosophy of History”

A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically

During the criticism of the Twilight Saga over a decade ago, one criticism was remarkably absent. The critics focussed on literary quallity but that’s purely subjective and I am against trashing the honest effort of a writer who invested energy and pride into their work. Stephanie Meyer did not earn my cynicism for her low-qualityContinue reading “A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically”

Philosophical Pragmatism

I have many labels for my philosophies, deontogological, utilitarian, virtue ethicist, ethical intuitionist, and so forth. Those are all true and more than those are true. Yet, the etiology of my philosophies is, in large part, pragmatic. Pragmatism was once the great American philosophy. Now, I’m very much against moral relativism but everything that servesContinue reading “Philosophical Pragmatism”

The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean

The two ultimate American rebels represent the Apollonian and Dionysian. Both men were into sex, drugs, and rock and roll yet that difference is superficial. Ultimately, Abbie Hoffman advocated a life of altruism and self-denial while James Dean represented hedonistic rednecks who held no such belliefs. The ideologies to which Abbie Hoffman subscribed were thoseContinue reading “The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean”