Funishment

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One of the best comics out there for philosophy topics is Ryan Lake’s Chaos Pet. His latest is a hilarious exploration of a number of philosophical ideas about punishment. Here’s how it starts: Click over to the full cartoon at Chaos Pet to see what’s going on…   And, of course, to explore all the ins and outs [Read More...]

ISIS’s Iconoclasm, The Bible, and The Problem With Taking Literalism Literally

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The following is a guest post from Alexandra, an ex-Christian. Recently, disturbing footage of ISIS destroying priceless historical sculptures, some from the Assyrian empire, has been released to the press. Seeing the video reminded me of when I was an evangelical Christian, trying to figure out how to be faithful to the first two of the Ten Commandments [Read More...]

A Photographer On Why The Same Dress Looks Black and Blue to Some and Gold and White to Others #DressGate

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In the video below, photographer (and friend of Camels With Hammers) Mallorie Nasrallah shows us how to figure out what’s going on with the dress that some people see as gold and white and others see as black and blue: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

A Moral Philosopher on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Jonathan Dancy, the moral particularist who wrote Ethics without Principles, is the father of actor Hugh Dancy, who is married to the actress Claire Danes. This led to him getting to appear on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

“The History of Philosophy” and “Philosophy and Suicide”

I have a new class on the History of Philosophy which you can join and which starts tomorrow, Monday February 23, at 9am Eastern Time. It will regularly run every Monday from 9am-11am for as long as students are interested and it will cover the entire history of philosophy, at whatever pace students are most comfortable with. Even if you can’t make it tomorrow, you can join us starting the following week. If you’ve never attended my classes before the first week will be free!

I also am teaching an example session of my classes tonight at 8pm Eastern Time) for those who have never attended before (or for $39.99 for returning students who would just like to sit in and learn about the topic). Tonight’s topic is Philosophy and Suicide. Read below for the official course descriptions.

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City on a Hill

This is a guest post by Mike Bennett, republished with permission from his blog Through a Glass, Brightly. In the high Arctic there are mountains without names. I’m flying from London to Vancouver and somewhere in Greenland there are ranges of hills far from anywhere, which must almost never have been gazed upon from the ground; [Read More...]

Atheism Is Not A Religion. But There Should Be Atheistic Religions.

Many people on the defensive against vocal atheistic criticism of religious beliefs (either because they see it as a threat to their own religiosity or because it affronts their misinterpretation of what religious tolerance should be) think they’re being clever and catching a great irony when they lazily play “gotcha!” and declare that “atheism is a [Read More...]

The Moral Imperative Not To Dehumanize When We Criticize #MuslimLivesMatter

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A few years ago I wanted to write a blog post about frustrating evasions that religious people make when we try to criticize their beliefs, values, and institutions. The first thing I was eager to rail about was the way that they accuse us of calling them “stupid” when all we are doing is showing [Read More...]

7 Exciting Announcements About My Online Philosophy Classes

As you probably know by now if you read this blog, I have my PhD in philosophy and I moved on from 11 years of university teaching to start teaching people around the world via Google’s simple to use video conference app called Google Hangout. These classes have been growing strong for two years now and [Read More...]


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