The workings of the mind.
… and what do you get?
Iron Fist may not be good, but it’s really not that bad.
Happiness is not hedonism, but David French thinks Americans have lost sight of that truth.
Merry Christmas, everybody!
The problem with being prejudiced against prejudice.
Read about cutting edge research from Harvard that both contradicts a “secular” understanding of modernity and supports an egalitarian economic vision of such.
This Week: Science, Culture, Healthcare, Resources, Copyright, and Latin America!
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
Pascal wrote, “Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same,” so I recommend a reading this with a drink or two.
Choose Wisely, Kiwis!
This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.
When headline writers use questions, Burt Likko answers them. Briefly, completely, and unabashedly expressing his own opinion. Ten questions about politics, the business of news, news of business, and grizzly bears.
I’ve never done this before — promoted my own comment, that is. But I think I got a pretty decent thought out there.
A brief gloss of the complex intellectual and spiritual harmony between the Founders and the Quakers.
What did Boethius (and Plato) have against poetry?
A gay blogger learns that reforming the GOP means focusing on bread and butter issues first, social issues second.
Is Natural Law theory closed off to doubt and pluralism?
Instead of calling just war theory a fraud, as Damon Linker does, I would call it a failure.
A recent spotlight on philosophical bad behavior stirs some ponderings.
Too often when we talk about ethnic “culture” in America, we’re really just talking about race and pretending we’re not.
Famed Tiger-Mom Amy Chua’s new book helpfully lets its readers know which cultures and races in America are superior, and which are inferior.
The advice given in that “Marriage Isn’t for You” article going around is terrible. Yes, selfishness isn’t good for marriage, but then neither is self-neglect.
Russia shows Ordinary Times how to take it to the next level. Let’s not actually go there.
I recently wrote about how radical intellectuals are treated as ipso facto irresponsible or abhorrent in middlebrow American ideas magazines where little comprehension of their thought is even attempted. I was talking about the liberal-ish ones like the New Republic and the New York Review of Books. If we expanded that out to include conservative magazines;…
Awash in the reek of my own community’s orgy of modernity, I found Tim Stanley’s ablution most welcome: In the words of Joe Orton, “Cleanse my heart … let me rage correctly.” So what do I rage against? I hate our economic system that speculates on people as if they were cattle in a market.…
After we returned from an early dinner with friends late Sunday afternoon, we began to hear the reports of disturbances a few blocks away from where we live in downtown Huntington Beach. The annual eight-day-long and well-attended US Open competition had just concluded around 5:00. The neighborhood had been packed with attendees all weekend, and…
I normally try to stay away from taking pot shots at David Brooks columns, but today’s raises a question that informs a lot of my political critique and which I reflect on a lot personally. Jason Trigg is Wall Street guy with a conscience. In fact, it was his moral concerns that led him to work…
It is hard having children out-of-step with your friends. Ten months ago, you were down to hit the town on a Thursday night. You HAD been to the new noodles place, thanks very much, and YES, the jjambbong WAS the jjamb-bomb. You went to the free weekly jazz concerts on the steps of City Hall.…
I agree with Ned Resnikoff that the issue of abortion hinges on the question of personhood, but I am not sure the question of personhood as related to nascent human life has to be answered definitively before one may have an ethical basis to avoid (or morally permit) lethal violence against it. We may not,…
I was never quite sure about what might be the cause of the extreme disparity of males to females in philosophy. Women make up 21% of professional philosophers. This is nowhere near their representation in other fields of the humanities. But the issue has been on my mind for a couple of reasons. First, I’m…
I do love A Bit of Fry & Laurie. This is quite a brilliant sketch, whatever you make of its politics. Maybe not quite as good as their free-market-police bit, but right up there.
I’ve had this sort of nebulous notion that culture itself is a problem. Not any particular culture, mind you, but rather the entire concept of culture. The exclusivity of the group over the individual. A lot of people will hold up individualism against collectivism, but what if that’s just scratching the surface? Culture is the…
I’d like to ask a favor of my fellow Leaguers, especially the ones that know more about philosophy than I do, (i.e.: everybody). I’d like to apologize to TNC for stealing his titular phrase “Talk To Me Like I’m Stupid,” but that would assume he reads my posts — which I’m pretty sure he doesn’t.…
In the May 2012 issue of the Atlantic, writer Taylor Clark has an excellent profile of videogame developer Jonathan Blow. He’s misanthropic, severely thoughtful, and somewhat abrasive. But he’s also a brilliant creator and a near perfect example of what Clark thinks the medium needs more of: developers willing to make smart videogames. Because for Clark the…