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...]

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...]

Portraits of Nietzsche

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

How To Live Happily: Have No Expectations

This is the first of what I am thinking will be a series of occasional “How To Live Happily” posts on what I have learned, through studying, living, introspecting, and contemplating, about how to live a joyful and happy life. [Read more...]

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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...]

Why I Write About My Deconversion

“I aim to make clear to Christians that I was one of them, that all my life was willingly committed to their God and that all my emotions were on the side of their God when my intellect was dissuaded against my will. I was not, as much as they want to assume, looking to leave Christianity, biased against Christianity, unable or unwilling to dutifully follow the rules of Christianity, disposed against the God of Christianity, unfamiliar with the most sophisticated philosophical or theological versions of Christianity, or unfamiliar with how wonderful Christians or Christian community could be. I had been there, done that, and despite wanting nothing more than to believe, I had found that I could no longer believe–either rationally or ethically. The best arguments for the faith had failed. The best arguments against it were overwhelming. And as a matter of intellectual and moral conscience, I could no longer believe fantastic claims that had the preponderance of rational evidence stacked overwhelmingly against them. I deconverted against my will.” [Read more...]

I Am Not Against Emotions. I Am Against Insulting Epithets.

I recently unveiled a comments moderation policy that outlawed epithets and personal attacks. In response I received both a lot of support and a number of objections. I summarized 8 of those objections in my own words and now I am publishing replies to them. Objection 2: My policy underestimates the value of passion in emotions and [Read More...]