Category: Philosophy

Ethics, Christianity, Philosophy

Jesus, Musonius Rufus, and Family

Many scholars suppose that Jesus had a negative view of the nuclear family that was softened by the gospel authors (or that he was inconsistent in his teaching): “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own …

Autobiography, Book-Review, Culture, Philosophy

Hedonism, Love, and Goodness

The things that shape who we are and how we think are pluriform and sometimes mysterious. This is especially so in the age of the internet stuff that may disappear forever after you read it. Every once in a while, the Internet sends it back to you. Around 2008-2009, I was quite depressed. And while …

Christian Mindset, Culture, Philosophy

Do Women Need Toxic Masculinity?

In the feminist literature, stoicism is central to Toxic Masculinity. But stoicism is a philosophy of using reason to interpret and control your emotions, it is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. For feminists, controlling, regulating, or moderating your emotions is a form of freudian repression that somehow hurts men (or …

Metaphysics, Christianity, Philosophy, Politics

“Natural” Atheism

The ever-interesting Bruce Charlton explains why people are “naturally atheists.” The fact that all modern public discourse excludes the divine. As a modern child grows up, he becomes socialised, he becomes trained in modern public discourse of many kinds: school work, everything to do with the mass media, sports, pastimes, hobbies… and all of these exclude …

Ethics, Education, Self-Mastery, Philosophy

Socrates to Critobulus

[37]“It appears, Socrates, that you are the sort of friend to help me if I am in any way qualified to make friends: but if not, you won’t make up a story to help me.”“How do you think I shall help you best, Critobulus, by false praise, or by urging you to try to be …

Rhetoric, Writing, Dialectic, Education, Intellectual Virtues, Pedagogy, Philosophy

Rhetoric and Dialectic: The Difference and Why It Matters

Summary: Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, dialectic of verbal reasoning. Knowing the difference between the two will make you a better reader, listener, thinker, writer, and speaker. Introduction Sometimes a tool becomes so important to us, it’s impossible to imagine not having it. I tend to think of shoes, my pocket knife, and my …

Education, Mindset, Philosophy

What is a Spiritual Exercise?

In What is Ancient Philosohy?, Pierre Hadot argues that ancient philosophers were offering ways of life that eschewed the pull of the passions and instead aimed at optimal human existence (happiness or ευδαιμονια).   In order to accomplish this, philosophers weren’t just offering arguments or proposing ideas just to change people’s ideas, they were trying to help …

Pedagogy, Philosophy

The Lindy Effect and Classical Education

Schools purporting to offer a classical education are cropping up around the country. Is this recent trend good or bad? To answer this question, I propose that classical education is Lindy-compatible, and therefore minimally not harmful, but likely helpful. Here is Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s description of the Lindy effect: “Lindy is a deli in New …

Ethics, Philosophy, Politics

Socrates and Friendship

Socrates was so useful in all circumstances and in all ways, that any observer gifted with ordinary perception can see that nothing was more useful than the companionship of Socrates, and time spent with him in any place and in any circumstances. The very recollection of him in absence brought no small good to his …

Ethics, Philosophy

What They Think

Everybody puts on the brakes before acting when they consider what others will think. I would guess that many refuse to do what is best because of what they think. I am often amazed at how each man loves himself more than others, but cares more for the opinions of others than of himself. If a …