The Partially Examined Nietzsche

The Partially Examined Life is a very fun philosophy podcast. It’s high energy and has the atmosphere of cool guys with enthusiasm for the subject digging into what they’ve been reading lately. They did an episode on Nietzsche recently and I put it on in the background one night and listened to about half of [Read More...]

“Skepticism about Morality and Religion” (a lecture by Shafer-Landau)

Russ Shafer-Landau is a leading moral philosopher. Below is his case on how there can be objective morality without belief in God. Shafer-Landua is a moral realist–he thinks that morality is real, true, binding, and he is not a moral naturalist but a moral non-naturalist. Though I am a moral naturalist, I have learned an immense [Read More...]

Some Variant Meanings of “Intrinsic Value”

The term “intrinsic value” is ambiguous. I leaned on it heavily in yesterday’s Nietzsche Saturday post and a reader raised a worthwhile challenge to the rightness of the word and I replied. I think it’s worthwhile to disambiguate the word a bit by going over its multiple connotations and explaining which ones I intend and [Read More...]

Nietzsche’s Intrinsic Values For Assessing Moralities

Now that I have more time to blog regularly, I intend to finally follow through on my plan from the summer to blog about Nietzsche every Saturday. So hopefully this post will in retrospect be seen as the return of “Nietzsche Saturday”. Some people are puzzled that I defend morality and objective values when I [Read More...]

How Can We Judge Who’s Conscious?

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The new philosophy webcomic Existential Comics presents “Bad News At The Doctor”. [Read more...]

God’s God

DarkMatter2525 explores the philosophical questions of how any being could know that it was omniscient and whether we can know that it’s not turtles all the way up in this characteristically irreverent, creative, and hilarious video: Your Thoughts? Could any being, in principle, know that it knew everything? [Read more...]

Nigel Warburton, Star Philosophy Podcaster, On The State of Philosophical Profession

There’s a long article on Nigel Warburton, the hugely successful co-founder of the leading philosophy podcast, Philosophy Bites. He says so much in the article about his own choice to leave the university system and become a freelance philosopher that resonates with my own recent decision to do similarly. Plus he discusses free speech issues and his [Read More...]

Moral Philosophers, Role Models, and Hypocrisy

Does being a moral philosopher obligate you to be a moral role model? And when is hypocrisy evidence against a moral philosophy? [Read more...]

How My Best Friend Helped End My Faith and then Became an Openly Gay Monk

John Hazlet was my best friend in college. We were both philosophy majors and Christians at Grove City College, one of the nation’s most politically conservative and religiously evangelical respected liberal arts institutions. John’s struggles with his homosexuality (which he initially revealed only to me) and with suicidal ideation, and his unrestrained and relentless skeptical [Read More...]


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