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Philosophy

Nov 30, 2022

Bakunin Nailed It

“Writing at the same time as Kierkegaard, 10 years before Nietzsche, and 50 years before Heidegger and Sartre, Bakunin got it right.”

Bakunin Nailed It

Nov 30, 2022

A Universe From Nothing

I’ll take the wisdom of Yogi Berra over that of Bill Clinton any day: Whatever is, is!

A Universe From Nothing

Oct 15, 2022

I Wasn't Anything

Every day is Halloween…Every day I get to make the decision anew: who am I going to be today?

I Wasn't Anything

Oct 15, 2022

Is This Really All There Is?

The world in which we seem to live might not be the only world there is…or all there is to this world. 

Is This Really All There Is?

Oct 15, 2022

Systematic Philosophy

Some people's search takes them to Fatima or Lhasa or into Outer Space. Mine took me to the dentist.

Systematic Philosophy

Oct 15, 2022

Ectaban

Ecbatan may share the seven-ringed pattern of the solar system, but Paradise shares the seven-ringed pattern of Ecbatan!

Ectaban

Sep 1, 2022

Imagine!

Ridding the world of values comes at a very great price: “…they paved Paradise and put up a parking lot!”

Imagine!

Sep 1, 2022

Speaking Piraha

The hidden grammar censor in our Euro-brains whispers inaudibly, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Why did the speaker place ‘tall’ and ‘basketball’ in the same sentence, unless they are somehow connected?” A major fallacy that comes with a huge price tag.

Speaking Piraha

Sep 1, 2022

Parmenides I

Who says there was no Facebook before Zuckerberg? It was just called ‘philosophy.’

Parmenides I

Aug 1, 2022

Seen or Unseen, the Background Matters

If a tiny thread had the power to ruin a movie, what in my own life, deep in the background, bears such importance to my bigger picture? And if it’s so important, why isn’t it front and center?

Seen or Unseen, the Background Matters

Jul 13, 2022

Shakespearean Nihilism

Editor’s note: It’s that time of year when many readers attend ‘summer theater.’ If Shakespeare is on the bill, you may find this essay relevant. Don’t leave home for the theater without reading this first!

Shakespearean Nihilism

Jul 13, 2022

Transubstantiation for the Rest of Us

For Aristotle, there is a real distinction between what a thing is and what a thing is like.

Transubstantiation for the Rest of Us

May 29, 2022

The Problem of Good

The purpose of this essay is not to resolve, or even rehash, the Problem of Evil, but rather to situate the Problem of Evil in the context of an even broader problem that I call, ‘the Problem of Good’.

The Problem of Good

May 29, 2022

Eternity vs. Immortality

Do our lives have meaning? You bet they do! But what is that meaning, and from where does it come?

Eternity vs. Immortality

Articles on Western philosophy in general with special focus on pre-Socratic and 20th century philosophy