Author Archives: Steven Yates

About Steven Yates

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and teach Critical Thinking (mostly in English) at Universidad Nacionale Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. I moved here in 2012 from South Carolina. My most recent book is entitled Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic (2011). I am the author of an earlier book, around two dozen articles & reviews, & still more articles on commentary sites on the Web. I live in Santiago with my wife Gisela & two spoiled cats, Bo & Princesa.

Who Are We, Really?

“Who Are We, Really?” presents a brief overview of attempts by philosophers and psychologists to answer this question which is as old as the disciplines themselves. Continue reading

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Superpowers (With Notes on Rules Versus Controls)

What are superpowers? Do we all have them? How do we develop them? How does formal education interfere with them? How has industrial civilization interfered with their free development and use within populations? Do the activities of ruling elites have something to do with this? How do we take our lives back? Continue reading

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Back to Basics (3). Self-Improvement As a Core Value

Self-improvement is the final core value, and so this completes this series of three articles. Stoicism is the ancient philosophy that merges philosophy generally with self-improvement, and perhaps this is why there is so much interest in Stoicism today. Continue reading

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Back to Basics (2). Freedom As a Core Value

Is freedom one of your core values? Why or why not? What is freedom? What’s so great about it? If you are not free, what is blocking your freedom? What can you do to remove the blocks to your freedom, be they personal or societal? Continue reading

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Back to Basics (1). Truth-telling: A Core Value

Truth-telling is a core value, and remains such despite the frequent difficulties of finding out what the truth is and then communicating it. Continue reading

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Philosophy “Still in the Doldrums”

Is “philosophy still in the doldrums”? Arguably so. Based on a blog post and a comment from seven years past. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Continue reading

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Essay: Reading Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country” Published on Medium and Substack (and announcing The Clarity Factory)

This essay examines the late philosopher Richard Rorty’s alleged prediction of the rise of Donald Trump as well as the background. This includes Rorty’s conception of the difference between Right and Left, the Two Lefts that have influenced American politics and culture respectively, and how the inability of the Cultural Left to speak to matters of economic concern to mostly rural and working whites fueled Donald Trump’s rise. After an assessment of what Rorty got right versus what he got wrong, I conclude with a few remarks about where we might go next. Continue reading

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The Five Stages of COVID Vaccine Compliance/Coercion Explained: A Dialogue

COVID-19 vaccines known to be experimental are being distributed worldwide, with mandates, passports, and passes going into place. This is becoming increasingly coercive, and is being resisted by certain segments of the population. Are the resisters simply repeating misinformation they found on the Internet, or is something really deadly and dangerous going on here that we should all know about? Who or what is really behind what has become the biggest crisis of our time? A dialogue to explore the issues. Continue reading

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Peter Singer on Making COVID Vaccines Legally Mandatory

Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer has argued that COVID-19 vaccines should be mandatory for essentially the same reasons that seat belts in automobiles are legally mandatory. In this short comment I respond that his argument collapses under scrutiny that reveals numerous disanalogies between seat belts and the COVID vaccines. Continue reading

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Lost Generation Philosopher Looks Critically at Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory: exposure of American racism and its history? the latest form of academic Marxism?… or a major distraction from the real problems we face? Continue reading

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