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.

The Philosophy of Responsible Freedom – Announcing An Online Course / Tutorial with Jack Carney and Steven Yates

An online Philosophy course / tutorial, an adventure in ideas presented by Jack Carney and Steven Yates, starting next weekend (Fri Oct 21 – Sun Oct 23 depending on your time zone) Continue reading

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Saul Kripke, R.I.P

Leading analytic philosopher Saul Kripke passed away last month at the age of 81. Continue reading

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Is Alex Jones Defensible? A Look at Heresy.

Is Alex Jones defensible, or is this heresy? Paul Craig Roberts has an interesting article on the matter, and we discuss it here because Facebook has censored some of the URLs referenced. Continue reading

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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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