Marcus Aurelius’s Stoic Stand Up

Michael Connell’s take on what Marcus Aurelius might be like as a stand up comedian cracks me up: For some of my own thinking that is either distinctly Stoic in character or in dialectical tension with Stoicism, check out any of these favorite posts of mine: How To Live Happily: Have No Expecations I Am [Read More...]

The Release of a Newly Recovered Classic Text (Message) From Plato

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From the newly released Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by the oft-hilarious Mallory Ortberg. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Jennifer Lawrence: “It is not a scandal, it is a sex crime.”

In a new Vanity Fair article, Jennifer Lawrence comments on how the recent release of her nude photos is a sex crime, how those viewing them without her permission are “perpetuating a sexual offense”, and how she has nothing to be ashamed of in taking the photos in the first place. I completely agree. She didn’t “deserve [Read More...]

What True Repentance Looks Like

A couple weeks ago I excerpted and linked to an article in which friend of Camels With Hammers M. Dolon Hickmon described the viciousness of the beatings his father inflicted upon him as a small child and the origins of this child abuse in explicitly religious training. Dolon has also written a mystery thriller called 13:24: [Read More...]

Teaching Empathy Instead of Obedience

Libby Anne’s latest brilliant post on parenting analyzes a recent incident in which her 2 year old son hit her 5 year old daughter with a toy and the 5 year old struck back and caused him to cry. As soon as Libby Anne heard him cry she swooped onto the situation and the 5 [Read More...]

Dinostentialism

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Your Thoughts? via Jim Pryor. [Read more...]

Start Studying Philosophy With Me This October (New Times Now Available!)

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My September classes launch is done and so I am pleased now to announce the broad range of new times to choose from to study philosophy with me online, starting the first week of October. The way my classes work, you can join any existing class or sign up for one that is launching anew. [Read More...]

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...]


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