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...]

How My Atheism Affects My Philosophy Class

After dissecting in my last blog post the absurdity and amazing hypocrisy of persecution complexes related to philosophy classes that one sees routinely on display in Christian chain e-mails and now an upcoming movie, I decided in this post I want to talk about my atheism relates to my philosophy classes. In order to get to [Read More...]

The Atheist Philosophy Professor Strikes Back! (Or, “You’re Right, God’s Not Dead, But He Will Be When I’m Done With Him!”)

Since I am both a philosophy professor and a professional atheist a lot of people have been sending me the trailer to the upcoming movie God’s Not Dead which brings to the big screen a million cringeworthy internet forwards to tell the tale of a brave young Christian intro philosophy student who stands up to a bullying atheist philosophy professor with a god complex (in more sense than one). After years of reading Christian revenge fantasies about people like me being humiliated by unbroken pieces of chalk, a nonsensical linguistic equivocating young Albert Einstein, and a United States marine who likes to settle philosophical arguments with his fists, I figured I would give my retort to the trailer of this film promising to give us atheist philosophers our big screen comeuppance (and so “mercifully” offer us salvation). [Read more...]

“You Can’t Stop Teenagers From Having Sex”

Don’t say “You can’t stop teenagers from having sex”. It’s not true. You can stop some of them. (I held out! And I know plenty of others who did too.) You just can’t stop enough of them with abstinence-only stuff and you just shouldn’t AIM to stop all of them with repressive anti-sex messaging. And you shouldn’t send the message to teenagers that every teenager has sex. That just says “everyone is doing it”, which pressures them to do it and makes them feel bad about themselves when they can’t find a partner or don’t want one. [Read more...]

Is Philosophy Just A Guy Thing? Not In My Classroom. (A Response To William Lane Craig)

According to a woman named Alexandra, writing into his site, Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig’s April newsletter “casually stereotype[d] men and women, and complain[ed] that the church is becoming increasingly feminized, and has difficulties in attracting men.” In reply to the letter, Craig proceeded to make his case that Christian apologetics has a “peculiar attraction” to [Read More...]

Kinds of Pleasures

Thomas Hurka is one of my favorite moral philosophers.  His essay on Nietzsche found in the compilation Nietzsche and Morality is meaty and challenging both as a stark reading of Nietzsche and as a strong perfectionist view of ethics, developed on Nietzsche’s behalf.  I’ve also read most of his first book, Perfectionism, which was excellent. [Read More...]


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