Category Archives: Culture

Materialism (vers 2.0., Part 3)

Our discussion continues: what, precisely, is materialism? It is not simply the pursuit of wealth & material goods. It is a comprehensive worldview. It is important to understand this distinction to understand one of the most basic issues our civilization must eventually face. Continue reading

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Comment on Robert Greenleaf Brice, “Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Facts and Our Stubborn Attitude Towards Them” APA Blog, January 21, 2019

Comment intended for the APA Blog in response to article by Robert Greenleaf Brice on “Philosophy in the Contemporary World: Facts and Our Stubborn Attitude Towards Them” Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2)

Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2): in “A Free Man’s Worship” (1903) philosopher Bertrand Russell called for a humanist ethic of respect for scientific truth, economic justice, and world peace. How well has this held up? Is its failure just the sign of a civilization’s growing pains, or of something fundamentally wrong with its key assumptions? Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 1)

[Author’s note: this series of posts is a much-expanded and hopefully much-improved version of the series that began here, which is desirable to reprint lest it disappear from that site. The question that came to me was, Why not refurbish … Continue reading

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This Blog Is Not a Commodity

Several months back, someone posted a comment that went something like, “You don’t monetize your blog.” Why not? was the implied question, quite in tune with the prevailing neoliberal ideology of the day. I thought about it. I’ll admit, I … Continue reading

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Auguste Comte’s Law of Three Stages: What It Is, Why the Third Stage is Dying, What Comes Next. (A Major Statement.)

[Note: this may be the longest blog post I have ever made on this site. The result of several weeks of effort, it may be read as a progress report on what may turn into my life’s work: if I … Continue reading

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The Fate of Civilizations

Should a philosopher be interested in the trajectory of civilizations, from their rise to dominance in a region, and then the reasons why a civilization seems to lose its collective capacity and go into decline? Most professional philosophers are not, … Continue reading

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