Doing Philosophy Beyond The Academy

Steve Neumann recently asked me four questions for a forthcoming piece he’s writing on philosophers outside the academy. He said I could post my full replies to his questions here.  1. Why did you leave—or never enter—academia? The wages were exploitative. I was teaching between 7-9 classes a semester for anywhere from $2,800-$4,200 a class as [Read More...]

Sam Harris, The Criticism of Bad Ideas, and Sexist Appeals To Biology

This section of a recent Washington Post article has caused a lot of controversy in the atheist community this past weekend: I also asked Harris at the event why the vast majority of atheists — and many of those who buy his books — are male, a topic which has prompted some to raise questions [Read More...]

Christians as Immoralists

Nietzsche provocatively labels himself an “immoralist”. This is something gleefully seized upon by theists who absurdly think that the logical result of atheism is a total rejection of all morality. Possibly the most famous and unapologetic of all philosophical atheists himself declared himself an “immoralist”! And the word “immoralist” is simply assumed to mean “one who rejects all morality”. So, there you have it. The [Read More...]

Philosophy of Mind and Language

I’m starting up new online classes for this coming fall semester and when I do so I’m adding several classes I’ve never offered online before. So far the one filling up the fastest (with 7 students) is Philosophy of Mind and Language. No less than six of my previous online students of mine are coming back for this class [Read More...]

From Christian College Student to Atheist Online Philosophy Teacher (An Interview With Me!)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 I appeared on the radio show Atheists Talk on KTNF AM 950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. You can listen to the archived show entitled “Accessible Philosophy for Everyone” here or download it from iTunes at any time now or in the future here. Below is a transcription of the entire show (with minor edits for style [Read More...]

Dog Philosophy

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Accessible Philosophy For Everyone

As promised, on Sunday I went on the radio show Atheists Talk to discuss the value of philosophy, the role of philosophy in my own life, my views on several philosophical issues, and my efforts to make philosophy accessible through my online classes. Mike Haubrich, who invited me on the show and interviewed me, and Brianne Bilyeu were very [Read More...]

On Forbidding Philosophies

Recently a friend wrote me, a little embarrassed. This friend is a relatively recent deconvert from Christianity and he had a confession to make. He’d been reading a certain philosopher who I don’t happen to have any use for personally and he was liking it. He didn’t know what to do. So I gave him [Read More...]

Doping Scandals and “Nature’s Aristocracy”

In the August 2014 issue of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Pieter Bonte, Sigrid Sterckx, and Guido Pennings argue that there’s something morally retrograde about the values which see natural talent as categorically purer and morally better than artificially supplemented talent. Here’s the abstract to their new paper called “May the Blessed Man Win: A Critique of the Categorical Preference for [Read More...]


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