Which Motive Worsens A Bad Action More: Desire or Anger?

Marcus Aurelius argues that a moral wrongdoing done from desire is worse than one done from anger because it’s less “manly” to be mastered by pleasure than driven by anger (which he compares instead to a bodily convulsion). In this post I critically analyze his claim from numerous perspectives, from the Nietzschean to the feminist. [Read more...]

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CWH Revised Stoic Meditation #1: On Frustrations with Other People

When you wake up in the morning say to yourself: There is a high likelihood that people will frustrate me today and, regardless of my best efforts to be thoughtful and cooperative, I will likely frustrate others as well. This is because no matter how good we are as people we will inevitably have differences of opinion, [Read More...]

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Philosophical Truth or Dare (Comedy)

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In this hilarious video, the kids playing truth or dare are unusually philosophical about the meaning of “truth”: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

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“People Will Be Terrible. Deal With It.”

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This is the first of a series of posts I introduced last week wherein I will be critically reading Stoic writings that have bearing on ethics. In February 2016 I will also teach a one month long course on Stoic Ethics. Get more information here and write me at camelswithhammers@gmail.com if you want to sign up [Read More...]

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Revisiting The Stoics, Towards Revising stoicism

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My feelings towards the ancient Stoics have oscillated quite a bit over the years. I’ve never scoured their writings nor done scholarship on them but they’ve nonetheless had a big impact on me. In the immediate aftermath of my deconversion, during my years of peak Nietzsche enthusiasm, I reflexively sided with Nietzsche when he lobbed barbs at them, [Read More...]

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John Malkovich’s Creepy Narration of Plato’s Cave Allegory Set to Experimental Music

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In the audio below, John Malkovich narrates Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to music by Eric Alexandrakis, as remixed by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon for the project Like a Puppet Show. Much more about the project can be learned from Pitchfork and especially at Rolling Stone. Many thanks to @durancurefan for the heads up. While my first listen I found [Read More...]

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The Most Übermensch Man in the World

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Learn more about the most übermensch man in the world reading the rest of the comic at Existential Comics and come discuss the comic with me here.   [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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