You Don’t Kill Hateful Words’ Powers By Ignoring Them

The problems discussed in the middle section of this post’s essay are epitomized in various ways by this video: The Stoics, with some wisdom that is in need of some qualification, advise us to always be mindful about the difference between what we can control and what we cannot. Stoics typically argue that we are [Read More...]

From Normal to Normative, Human Minds’ Conformist Conservative Prejudice

In this post I use a social psychology finding as a key for speculating about the causes of a lot of frustratingly poor ethical reasoning. [Read more...]

Vulnerability, Victim Blaming, and The Just World Fallacy

Trigger Warning: What follows are speculations about the implicit philosophies and psychologies underpinning victim blaming. Years ago I read an article by a rape survivor who talked about how after she was raped she would obsess over what she should have done differently to prevent the attack. By beating herself up over what was done [Read More...]

Rebecca Goldstein: The Mattering Map: Religion, Humanism, and Moral Progress

From many sources I have heard that philosopher Rebecca Goldstein’s lecture on the “will to matter”, below, was the highlight: Your Thoughts? If you enjoy reading my philosophical blog posts, consider taking one of my online philosophy classes! I earned my PhD and taught 93 university classes before I went into business for myself. My online classes [Read More...]

Talking About Gay Marriage and Prostitution on The Ashley F. Miller Show

Ashely F. Miller of the blog Ashley F. Miller hosted her inaugural episode of The Ashley F. Miller Show and Mavaddat Javid and I were her guests. First we speculated about the prospects for this week’s Supreme Court rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Then we talked about themes brought up in [Read More...]

Does Sexism Trump Even The Profit Motive?

Why I don’t buy the argument that the reason they don’t make enough video games or films centered around strong female characters because such simply wouldn’t sell. [Read more...]

In Defense of Taking Offense

As predominantly pro-social animals, humans are quite often conflict averse. And innumerable forms of social pressure, all the way from authoritarian patriarchy to liberal multiculturalism, encourage people to be as polite as possible as the standard default. This is why letting loose and offending people can feel so incredibly liberating at times. Insofar as our [Read More...]

Forward Thinking: The Ethics of Challenging Each Other’s Identities

In this post I explore some of the ways that our beliefs, values, commitments, behaviors, etc. constitute ourselves and how our commitments to various ideas, institutions and practices, etc. also contribute fundamentally to our identity. In light of this, I explore the moral difficulties that potentially arise when we intellectually challenge these things. [Read more...]

My Appearance on the Atheist Experience Defending Objective Morality

Click the headline of the post for a guide to finding my articles on morality that most apply to your challenges and interests! [Read more...]


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