“Nietzsche and the Horse” (A Painting)

"Nietzsche and the Horse" by Eric Drass, used with permission

Eric Drass’s paintings highlight philosophers and scientists with animals, the brutality of the corporate world, and the macabre in morality. [Read more...]

4 Kinds of Irony and Nietzsche. An Excerpt From My Dissertation

A peek inside my dissertation! I love this stuff about irony that I worked out in this section. Irony is such a generally ill-explicated subject. I wanted to blog about it today but decided I had already done it well enough in my dissertation and didn’t want to put in a ton of work to replicate what I had already come up with. Tell me what you think! [Read more...]

Of Nihilists Mourning Their Christian Soul Mates

I think I’ve hit on an ideal analogy for explaining a core reason why I, following Nietzsche before me, reject nihilism about meaning, values, truth, purpose, and love.

This is going to be a key go-to post for me from now on both for explaining my views when asked about nihilism in general or specifically about how atheists can have meaning, value, purpose, truth, and love. [Read more...]

James Hetfield as Nietzschean Yes-Sayer

Nietzsche, in the Gay Science 276, writes: I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do [Read More...]

Hegel, I Goethe Goethe Have You ‘Cause I Nietzsche Nietzsche Nietzsche So Bad

A charmingly silly song composed with many German philosophers’ last names by J. Boor: Even apart from the novelty value, it’s a catchy tune in the vein of Stephen Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. Buy the song for just a dollar and/or read the lyrics here. Casey Charllotte Carr comments in the spirit of the [Read More...]

How I Deconverted: Nietzsche Caused A Gestalt Shift For Me (But Didn’t Inspire “Faith”)

For some time now, I have been writing the story of how I went from being a devout Evangelical Christian to being an atheist. I always mention, even the shortest descriptions of my deconversion that reading The Portable Nietzsche was instrumental in my deconversion. I read it May 17-27, 1999 and I wrestled with Nietzsche through [Read More...]

“The Surest Way To Corrupt A Youth” (And Other Philosophical Posters)

Maxistentialism is selling some appealing philosophy posters. I was most pleased to see that out of all the quotable things Nietzsche said, they chose one of my very favorites, as evidenced by its inclusion on a recent list of some of my favorite quotes as pulled from my Facebook profile. “The surest way to corrupt [Read More...]

Justice, Order, and Chaos: The Dialectical Tensions In Batman Begins and The Dark Knight

In this post I am going to explore the moral themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. This post gives away nothing about The Dark Knight Rises but assumes knowledge of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. In a subsequent post I will explore how The Dark Knight Rises picks up, advances, augments, and culminates these folllowing themes from the first two films of the Dark Knight trilogy. [Read more...]

After I Deconverted: I Was A Radical Skeptic, Irrationalist, And Nihilist—But Felt Liberated

In a series of posts, I have been describing my former Christian life and beliefs, the stage by stage process of my deconversion from Christianity, and the ways that my predominantly Christian friends and family and I each took my deconversion. I am not done with all those stories yet, but because of other posts [Read More...]


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