Occupy Philosophy

A new blog, Occupy Philosophy, describes itself thusly: Occupy Philosophy is meant for serious (and if necessary, technical) discussion addressing the moral and political questions that have risen in light of the rotten situation we’re in. Philosophers are uniquely suited to this work. We created this website because we’ve been inspired and at times perplexed [Read More...]

"Jar Jar Binks is George Lucas’s critique of democracy." Discuss.

Okay, so I posed that thesis to my Facebook friends and now I pose it to you, my Camels With Hammers readers: Jar Jar Binks is George Lucas’s critique of democracy. Discuss. To kick off the discussion, here is the hilarious Stevarious’s reply from Facebook: Every instance of democracy presented in Star Wars is rife [Read More...]

9 Vital Points About The Public Relevance of Political Candidates' Religious Beliefs

Last week, Bill Keller had a good piece in the New York Times in which he discussed the importance of “asking tougher questions about faith” to the presidential candidates and then offered to each of the current Republican candidates for president a set of specific questions, tailored uniquely to each candidate, about their faiths and their [Read More...]

On The Conflict Over The Meaning And Cultural Influence of Political Secularism

In this post I just want to jot down some thoughts about a knotty issue. I probably will not make much progress in untangling all its strands but hopefully will stimulate a discussion that straightens things out at least a bit. Is political secularism inherently neutral or antagonistic to religiosity? There are a couple of [Read More...]

The Religious Conservative’s False Choice: “Big Brother” Or “Heavenly Father”

In an e-mail to me, Caroline proposes thought provoking reasons for non-believers to encourage (or at least to not actively discourage) religious beliefs: It would also be nice if people would carry out actions in good conscience of just being decent human beings rather than in fear of reprisal in the afterlife, but as there [Read More...]

On The Powers Of Personal And Political Bodies Over Their Apparent Mental Leaders

The Peaceful Atheist finds “consciousness-lowering” experiences in which she escapes her aloof and wandering mind to reconnect with her tangible and oft-forgotten body to be greater than her many “consciousness-raising” experiences.  She writes: It’s extremely hard for me to escape the internal labyrinth of my mind and focus completely on something external.  Often after being [Read More...]

Obama’s Rawlsian Defense Of Separation Of Church And State

This video of a speech Obama made during his presidential campaign which is making the rounds among my atheist Facebook friends today: When the speech was made I commented on James Dobson’s faulty reaction to Obama.  As I implied in that post, in the part not addressing Dobson, I think this speech is a spectacular [Read More...]

Remembering G.A. Cohen

Brian Leiter rounds up tributes to the recently deceased political philosopher. [Read more...]


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