Philosophy

Like Thinking For Yourself? Think Again

Like Thinking For Yourself? Think Again

If decision making is more often intuitive than reasoned, and our thinking is largely influenced by our social groups, how do we pursue wisdom?

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

We spend most of our lives not truly living at all but shoring up goods for some time in the future when we can enjoy them—which never comes since we have incapacitated ourselves from enjoying the present.

Why Aristotle Believed Common Goods Are More Divine than Private Goods

Why Aristotle Believed Common Goods Are More Divine than Private Goods

Comfortable shoes, Thanksgiving turkeys, and geometry can all teach us about happiness and the Divine.

3 Ways to Have a Good Argument

3 Ways to Have a Good Argument

Somewhere along the way, we forgot how to argue well. Help restore civil discourse.

Rights and Political Revolution: When is Violence Justified?

Rights and Political Revolution: When is Violence Justified?

Human rights can be a polarizing topic in modern political discourse. So where do rights come from, and how do modern views of rights differ from those of the Founders? 

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

For the unlucky few who win the internet lottery, misdeeds become fodder for public judgement. Did the severity of the crime match the severity of the punishment? 

How Democracies Become Tyrannical

How Democracies Become Tyrannical

While democracy historically was part of the great movement for human liberty, majorities potentially could be as dictatorial and dangerous as the most ruthless and oppressive kings and princes of the past.

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

A recently released report found an “institutionalized regime” of disregard for human life at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Want to Take Control of Your Life? 4 Simple and Empowering Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

Want to Take Control of Your Life? 4 Simple and Empowering Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

“Sometimes the simple act of making your bed can give you the lift you need to start your day..."

Why ‘Social Justice Math’ Misses the Point of Learning Math

Why ‘Social Justice Math’ Misses the Point of Learning Math

Although math is a useful tool, mathematicians throughout history have considered it to have a much higher purpose.

Embracing Liberty as a Life Philosophy

Embracing Liberty as a Life Philosophy

Much more than an idea, liberty is a guiding principle for our lives and interactions in the world.

What Russia’s Real-Life ‘Hooligan’ Fight Clubs Can Teach Us About Reality, Violence, and the Human Condition

What Russia’s Real-Life ‘Hooligan’ Fight Clubs Can Teach Us About Reality, Violence, and the Human Condition

Why would bare-knuckle, mob-style, illegal fighting be so popular for anyone?

3 Takeaways on Jordan B. Peterson After Watching Him Speak on Tour

3 Takeaways on Jordan B. Peterson After Watching Him Speak on Tour

Here are three things that stuck with me after listening to the best-selling author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.

Is Loneliness Fueling the Rise of Political Polarization in the U.S.?

Is Loneliness Fueling the Rise of Political Polarization in the U.S.?

Today we see a great fear between the opposing political parties. Is a loss of personal identity at play?

How 'Incredibles 2' Is Making Superheroes Great Again

How 'Incredibles 2' Is Making Superheroes Great Again

'Incredibles 2' has a lot to do with the virtues of a system that allows individuals to find out what they can do well and how those abilities can serve others for their good.

Netflix’s New ‘Anti-Harassment’ Guidelines Reveal How Corporations Are Trivializing Consent

Netflix’s New ‘Anti-Harassment’ Guidelines Reveal How Corporations Are Trivializing Consent

Netflix recently imposed draconically-strict rules on interaction that border on parody, illustrating how our view of consent is beginning to morph into mollycoddled nannying.

What Jordan Peterson and Quentin Tarantino Understand About Chaos and Moral Responsibility

What Jordan Peterson and Quentin Tarantino Understand About Chaos and Moral Responsibility

“Pay attention. Confront chaos. Accept responsibility. Make the world a better place.”

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

In April 1945, three days before his death, Adolf Hitler expressed regret that he'd 'been so kind.'

Suicide: I've Heard its Siren Call

Suicide: I've Heard its Siren Call

This is my life: Imagine a dagger thrust into your solar plexus. Now imagine that dagger with you at every step of life, whether it be the mundane or the joyous, such as the birth of your child or the celebration of a wedding anniversary. Grinding, penetrating, endless pain.

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

Suicide in America Is Surging. What’s Driving This Mentality of Despair?

With the sudden passing of designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain—both of whom authorities believe took their own life—it’s easy to wonder if an epidemic of suicide is upon us.

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

In his 1989 book Oracle at the Supermarket, psychologist Steven Starker explained how the self-help industry had become a sort of spiritual guide for individuals seeking answers.

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

There is a long-standing hypothesis in psychology that helps us understand. It’s called cognitive dissonance theory.

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Gay Wedding Cakes & Firefox: Why We Need the Freedom to Discriminate

Is it time for our nation to have a serious conversation about what tolerance really means?

'Cultural Marxism' Is Not the True Culprit of Our Cultural Decay

'Cultural Marxism' Is Not the True Culprit of Our Cultural Decay

“Cultural Marxism” is a bogeyman invoked by conservatives to explain events as varied as the FBI’s trouble with Trump, the evolution of the rock group U2, transgender rights, and the results of the abortion referendum in Ireland.

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

How Cicero Created a Movement of Free Thinkers

Cicero is rarely read today, except by students of Classics and Latin. However, to understand the history of political thought, Cicero is an invaluable resource.

How Complaining Makes Us More Miserable, Ineffectual, and Insecure

How Complaining Makes Us More Miserable, Ineffectual, and Insecure

Complaining can become a state of mind, and in this state of mind humans tend to become less happy and effective.

'Gumball' Clip Brilliantly Reveals the Hollowness of Social Justice ‘Tolerance’

'Gumball' Clip Brilliantly Reveals the Hollowness of Social Justice ‘Tolerance’

A hilarious episode of 'Gumball' has fun with the palpable intolerance of social justice tolerance.

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

In his 'Meditations,' Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed that a key to growth is training ourselves to do the things we don't wish to do.

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