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.

Of Moon Landings, False Rabbit Trails, and Approaching Epistemic Oblivion

It’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. “We came in peace for all mankind” reads the plaque left behind by Neil Armstrong & “Buzz” Aldrin. Except that on Earth there is no peace, & some believe the whole thing was faked. Did we really go to the moon? The Lost Generation Philosopher ponders the mystery…. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Media, Science and Technology, Where is Civilization Going? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cycles and Stages of Civilization

Cycles and Stages of Civilization – furthers the statement that the Third Stage is dying, that the Fourth Stage cannot replace it, we cannot simply go back, and so we must pave the way for building a Fifth Stage of civilization. Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Philosophy, Political Economy, Where is Civilization Going? | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 7)

“Believe in me Once seemed a good line Now belief in Jesus Is faith more sublime…. Don’t be afraid Just treasure his word Singing his praises I know that I’ll be heard He’s gonna take you by the hand He’s gonna … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Language, philosophy of mind, Philosophy of Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 6)

“Materialism Part 6” continues the discussion by asking, and answering, What is the Christian worldview? What sets Christianity apart from other world religions? Are the New Atheism and other manifestations of skepticism at all credible? Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Culture, Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Political Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 5)

Continuing the discussion of how the materialist worldview has left Western civilization & culture morally adrift, & vulnerable to the forces presently destroying it from within. Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Philosophy, Political Economy, Where is Civilization Going? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 4)

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 4) continues the discussion begun in Parts 1 – 3, asking whether any secular moral theories are sufficient to thwart modern tendencies toward relativism, nihilism, and abuses of money and power. Continue reading

Posted in Christian Worldview, Culture, Libertarianism, Philosophy, Political Economy, Uncategorized, Where is Civilization Going? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

“What Is the Point of It All?”

Retired, elderly philosopher Herbert Fingarette (1921 – 2018) ponders death as he faces his, realizing that his previous abstract philosophizing about the subject falls short. Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment