There is a long tradition of ridiculing philosophers, such as Aristophanes’s The Clouds, which mocked Socrates, one of the first philosophers who actually called himself a “philosopher.” This tradition has been waning over the last couple thousand years. Although philosophy has been at the forefront of many of the greatest intellectual advancements, many people no longer have any idea what philosophy is at all, and you can’t ridicule things you’ve never heard of. Philosophers have been marginalized to the point that few even know what they are.
I will discuss the following:
- Some of the achievements made by philosophers.
- How philosophers have been ridiculed and despised.
- How philosophers have been marginalized.
The Stoic and Epicurean philosophers welcomed everyone to learn philosophy and they offered free education to anyone interested. If people wanted to learn philosophy, they knew where to go. I want that to exist again. I not only want people to have to opportunity for free philosophical education, but I also want philosophy to offer people a community. I want a place for those who value rationality and knowledge to gather for education and friendship – a place for people to organize and figure out how we can make the world a better place. (more…)
I have organized some of my essays & notes (blog entries) to make a free ebook that tries to answer the question, How do we know right from wrong? People understand morality pretty well, but not perfectly. Their intuitive understanding is inadequate and can be improved with a more philosophical understanding.
This book discusses meta-ethics, normative theories of ethics, and applied ethics.
Are all Muslims evil, immoral, or satanic? No religion is above criticism, but people have been displaying an irrational disapproval and hatred towards Islam that has lead to prejudice and intolerance towards Muslims. I will discuss the following: (more…)