Alix Jules On Being An African American Humanist

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Below find a really good video from Alix Jules on his religious journey, his experience as a black humanist, and the ways that blacks’ relationships to religion are less black and white than often painted. Alix Jules is one of our new bloggers on Patheos’s atheism channel. You can read his blog at The Graffiti Wall. Here’s [Read More...]

Why Would Being Controlled By A Brain Be Any Less Free Than Being Controlled By An Immaterial Soul?

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Existential Comics has nicely illustrated a common line of debate between hard determinists and soft determinists/compatibilists in comic strip form. The whole strip is worth reading. The “compatibilist” in the comic strip represents my own position nicely throughout and is especially effective in the panels excerpted below. The panels below reply to the claim that [Read More...]

Comparing Humanism and Religion and Exploring Their Relationships to Each Other

Tonight I was interviewed by Mike Phelps on The Age of Reason podcast. The topic was set as “Humanism vs. Religion” but I used a lot of my time to break down that neat dichotomy. The discussion was far ranging as we talked about the nature of humanism, the natures of religions, the relative strengths [Read More...]

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...]


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