Which Motive Worsens A Bad Action More: Desire or Anger?

Marcus Aurelius argues that a moral wrongdoing done from desire is worse than one done from anger because it’s less “manly” to be mastered by pleasure than driven by anger (which he compares instead to a bodily convulsion). In this post I critically analyze his claim from numerous perspectives, from the Nietzschean to the feminist. [Read more…]

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Just Why Is The Abyss Gazing At You?

Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil section 146 writes, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” Now Zach Wiener at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal gives us more never known before information: Click either comic panel [Read More…]

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Nietzsche the Dogsitter

By Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. (H/T: Kris.) If you go to the original page and click the red button in the lower right corner of your screen, Nietzsche has more to say. And last year a hilarious video came out on shit Nietzsche says. Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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Christians as Immoralists

Nietzsche provocatively labels himself an “immoralist”. This is something gleefully seized upon by theists who absurdly think that the logical result of atheism is a total rejection of all morality. Possibly the most famous and unapologetic of all philosophical atheists himself declared himself an “immoralist”! And the word “immoralist” is simply assumed to mean “one who rejects all morality”. So, there you have it. The [Read More…]

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From Christian College Student to Atheist Online Philosophy Teacher (An Interview With Me!)

On Sunday, August 10, 2014 I appeared on the radio show Atheists Talk on KTNF AM 950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. You can listen to the archived show entitled “Accessible Philosophy for Everyone” here or download it from iTunes at any time now or in the future here. Below is a transcription of the entire show (with minor edits for style [Read More…]

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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…]

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Are We Atheists Because We Have Terrible Fathers?

In what appears to be a serious bit of ad hoc armchair psychology hackwork, Paul Vitz has a book called Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism in which he applies psychoanalytic theories to influential dead atheists and theists (whom he never even professionally interviewed therapeutically) and based on this tiny sample of cherry [Read More…]

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Portraits of Nietzsche

Numerous artistic renderings of Nietzsche have captured him from beautiful, evocative perspectives. Click on each to enlarge: Your Thoughts? [Read more…]

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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…]

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