Recognition, Ideology, and Racial Oppression

My paper ‘Recognition, Ideology, and Racial Oppression‘ on Academia. In this paper, I set out three tasks: to define what prejudice is, to explain how prejudice leads to racial oppression, and to explain the persistence of prejudice amidst the pervasiveness of moral norms about freedom and rights.  

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Who Owns the Water?

Although water covers two-thirds of the planet’s surface, only 3% of all water is safe for human consumption. Access to clean, safe water has always been vital for people. With increasing population and pollution, the prospect of water shortages is an increasing concern. Adding to these concerns is the privatization […]

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You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.

Winning, Losing, Learning.

Winning, Losing, Learning. “You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win.”   This probably isn’t an African proverb (as if “African” is an appropriate catch-all word for dozens of different cultures). This is age old wisdom understood by many cultures, perhaps every one. I like […]

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Wittgenstein and Music

I ran across a paper entitled Wittgenstein, Modern Music, and the Myth of Progress written by Eran Guter. It is pretty dense stuff–good philosophy tends to be–but I like the categorization presented by Guter. Guter’s study is based not on a work published by Wittgenstein, but on entries in Wittgenstein’s […]

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Blackstone's Ratio

Blackstone’s Ratio

    Blackstone’s Ratio “Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” – William Blackstone Blackstone was an 18th century British lawyer, judge, and member of parliament. He was conservative both politically and morally, seeing morals and the law as set down by god. “No human laws,” […]

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Epicurus on Happiness

Epicurus on Happiness

Epicurus on Happiness “We must, therefore, pursue the things that make for happiness, seeing that when happiness is present, we have everything; but when it is absent, we do everything to possess it.” – Epicurus Epicurus is one of the major philosophers in the Hellenistic period, the three centuries following […]

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Nietzsche

I Give You the Übermensch

One of the most notoriously misunderstood concepts in the history of philosophy is Friedrich Nietzsche’s Übermensch. The word “Übermensch” is too often mistranslated into English as “superman” but the German “Über” means “over” not “super.” We need to be clear on that distinction to understanding what Nietzsche really meant. Nietzsche’s […]

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Kant

Kant’s Sixth Proof of God

Kant’s Sixth Proof of God Immanuel Kant definitively demonstrated in his writings that no proof or disproof of the existence of god could be fashioned from pure reason. He conclusively and persuasively showed that all of the five standard rational proofs of god are inadequate to prove the case. By […]

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