September 6, 2018

From October 7-October 28, these are the topics my once weekly live, interactive, videoconference philosophy classes will be covering: October 7-28 Sundays at 9am-11am Eastern: Ethics, CONSEQUENTIALISM AND DEONTOLOGY Are morally right actions those that maximize the amount of good in the world (and minimize the bad) or are they ones that respect formal principles that are of paramount importance irrespective of whether they actually lead to better outcomes in particular cases? This is the core dispute between consequentialists and deontologists…. Read more

September 1, 2018

Should atheists engage in proselytization? I solicited questions about my philosophy of atheism on Facebook and that’s the topic of the first question: Do you think trying to “convert” people to atheism is a good idea generally or at least sometimes? I don’t think atheism is something you “convert” to. Atheism is just one philosophical position, not an entire system of beliefs or anything like the complex set of beliefs and practices and communities that religions involve. There are religions… Read more

May 4, 2018

It’s easy to get impatient in a disagreement about ideas. In particular I sometimes get very impatient when someone says something that I have heard said many times before and am tired of rebutting. A couple such occasions I got so quickly fed up that I tried to not only dispatch with what they actually just said as quickly as possible but then anticipated the next several things that I expected them to say and explained why I thought all of… Read more

December 16, 2017

Having given my spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, it’s time to break down the movie bit by bit into what I thought it was all about and what I liked and didn’t like. As I have encountered criticisms of the film online I’ve “special-editioned” this post you’re about to read, adding more commentary and defense to bolster it. Prologue In his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche appropriates Zarathustra, the great historical founder of the transformative Persian religion Zoroastrianism, to explore his own philosophy…. Read more

December 16, 2017

It’s a Star Wars that takes genuine risks again and is driven by ideas rather than formulas for the first time since Lucas gave up the reins. Read more

December 8, 2017

You really know you’ve found the right spouse when you are living with her on a foreign continent in a country where you don’t know the language and it’s the most at home you’ve ever felt in your life. Read more

December 8, 2017

Explore philosophy with a former professor in live, personalized, interactive, small group, video-conference philosophy classes. Read more

July 19, 2017

A Catholic apologist agrees with me that I had good reasons to leave Calvinism, but claims I didn’t have good reasons to leave Christianity. Read more

June 24, 2017

Just a personal update for my readers about why I’ve not been blogging and expressing my intention to return to blogging. Read more

June 13, 2017

Every year on this day, I present quotable sayings that I came across in the previous twelve months. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~ A.A. Milne “The first job of a teacher is to make the student fall in love with the subject. That doesn’t have to be done by waving your arms and prancing around the classroom; there’s all sorts of ways to go at it, but no matter what, you… Read more

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