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
The Curse of Oak Island and the Templar Myth
The Curse of Oak Island and the Oak Island mystery are not fake. I don’t believe that any artifact that is shown on the show is fake. (Well, except for that Roman sword.) I think every single one is legitimate. I think they hide certain bits of information, and they […]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
Does Anyone Understand What “Freedom” Means?
Does Anyone Understand What “Freedom” Means? Janis Joplin didn’t. Anarchists don’t. Trump doesn’t, nor do his followers. Freedom is a word many people use, but few people have any substantial understanding of the meaning of the concept. To mention that fact isn’t cynical or disparaging. The concept of freedom, like […]Read more
Feminist Philosophy: A Primer
Text Transcript: Very few people have an accurate perception on what feminist philosophy is. It’s as if feminist philosophy and feminism in general is a vast mystery that no one wants to talk about. What ideas people have about feminist philosophy tend to be steeped in myth and misperceptions. […]Read more
Can War Ever Be Justified?
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine brings up a vexing philosophical question: when is war morally defensible? A small but ancient part of political philosophy is known as “just war theory.” There are two aspects to just war theory. One explores the question of when it is just for a nation or […]Read more