What Left and Right Mean: Clarifying the Political Spectrum Understanding the political spectrum and what motivates political actions have never been so vital. Politics is complex, and many political conflicts have considerable effects on our lives. We are all so used to the terms “left,” “right,” “liberal,” and “conservative” that […]Read more
Philosophy in the real world.
Charles Sanders Peirce and the Nature of Belief
Peirce (1839-1914) developed the basic idea of pragmatism as a method for improving the accuracy of science in its search for truth. His father was a mathematician on faculty at Harvard University. This enabled the younger Peirce to get his own education at Harvard and to meet a number of […]Read more
What Is Political Philosophy?
Video Lecture. Click to watch. Text Transcript below: What is Political Philosophy? The point I’m trying to make here is that when we talk about political philosophy is that we strangely aren’t talking about Politics. Politics we all have a certain sense of what that means, and it tends to […]Read more
The Soul of a Philosopher
Philosopher for Hire Every now and then I am contacted by someone who wants to hire me to help them write a paper or book. I’ve had rewarding collaborations over the years, helping people form their ideas and polish their writing, and it’s been a nice income supplement (being a […]Read more
What Is Postmodernism?
Transcript: What is postmodernism? It’s a term people use mostly in terms of trying to insult something, but many people who use the term–both advocates for something called postmodernism or people vehemently against something called postmodernism–don’t really understand what the term means. That includes right wingers like Jordan Peterson […]Read more
Types of Possible Human Action: An Etude
We are all individuals embedded in a world. We each have a certain degree of freedom that is limited by the reality that we all share a physical world and a human society. Philosophers such as Martin Heidegger, Max Weber, Erving Goffman, and Jeff Malpas and sociologists such as Pierre […]Read more
Recognition Part 3: History of Recognition Theory
Welcome to the insert philosophy here podcast. Inserting the principles of philosophy into real life. Welcome to part three of my series of podcasts on the concept of recognition, a very important concept in philosophy. In this podcast, I want to talk as promised about some of the history of […]Read more
There is a relatively new and growing field of philosophy about people outside the traditional binary designations of norms about gender and sexuality. Nonheteronormative sexuality has long been dismissed or repressed by European and American societies. In one respect, the suppression and oppression of nonheteronormative people is similar to that […]Read more
Recognition Part 2: The Key to Social Justice
Why do injustices continue to happen? We say it is because of prejudice but what is prejudice? It is difficult to fight something that we cannot define and one of the important tasks in philosophy is understanding what is behind social phenomena like prejudice. Recognition is the key.Read more
Recognition, Part 1 - Why Ukrainians but not Syrians?
Listen here: Welcome to the Insert Philosophy Here podcast. Inserting the principles of philosophy into real life. In this week’s episode of the Insert Philosophy Here podcast’s philosophical look on current world events, the dominant world event, of course, is still Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The previous episode, I […]Read more