Rwanda’s Amazing Reconciliation

I was so inspired by the story of Rwanda’s ability to overcome its genocides through a process of confession and forgiveness.  Here is Fareed Zakaria and Rwandan President Paul Kagame from last Sunday. In the spirit of Zarathustra’s prescription: for human beings to be redeemed from revenge—that is for me the bridge to the highest [Read More...]

Invisible

The Thinking Atheist takes on an invisible God: [Read more...]

Sincerity, Hypocrisy, and Mark Sanford

I loathe witch hunts over people’s personal lives.  What interests me are some observations on sincerity and hypocrisy which seem apparent to me watching the bizarrely unself-aware and narcissistic way that Sanford has acted as though he is a character in the Bible or some other morality tale in which he is the star. I [Read More...]

Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy

An important looking new collection of articles on a crucial topic (especially for my dissertation) called Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy is coming out July1.  It is co-edited by Ken Gemes and Simon May (whose book, Nietzsche’s War on Morality is one of the very best, if not the very best, books on Nietzsche’s ethics [Read More...]

Grove City Professor Throckmorton Attacks Anti-Gay Propaganda

As the school psychologist during all my undergraduate years as at Grove City College, Warren Throckmorton counseled a couple of my friends about their closeted homosexuality. (I also visited Professor Throckmorton while a junior and an Evangelical Christian for probably three elective counseling sessions but for different reasons.  I liked him a lot.)  Here’s how [Read More...]

Why Camels With Hammers?

Evangelos has asked and it’s a good question, so here’s a brief explanation: It’s a combination of two images in Nietzsche.  The camel comes from “The Three Transformations,” a section of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.  He is there describing transformations that the “spirit” must undergo.  First it must become a camel.  The camel represents austere, ascetic, [Read More...]

Freedom as a Power, Rather than as a Passive State

Today, an excellent former student pushed me on the question of whether philosophy was more important than basic survival.  I interpreted this question, at its core, to be whether freedom of thought is worth dying for.  I think this because the right to philosophize for oneself is, at its core, the fundamental freedom of thought [Read More...]

The Effects of Writing Medium on Writing Style?

I’m really not sure that this is a very accurate inference about the nature of Nietzsche’s shift in writing style from his early works into his middle phase, but it’s interesting to ponder nonetheless: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/google Sometime in 1882, Friedrich Nietzsche bought a typewriter—a Malling-Hansen Writing Ball, to be precise. His vision was failing, and keeping [Read More...]

Agnosticism or Atheism?

Thomas Huxley coined the word agnostic as a play on words. He was a philosopher who was irritated about the metaphysical presumptuousness of the philosophers around him who all seemed to know the secrets of the universe as though they had some special knowledge about things no one can really know about. He compared them, [Read More...]


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