Philosophy

John Rawls – Philosophical Highlights

In keeping with my attempt to cull the best stuff from what I’ve read of some important philosophers and philosophies, here are some highlights of John Rawls. He was an American philosopher who lived from 1921 to 2002. Rawls reconciled liberty and equality in one way by saying that each citizen has the right to… Continue reading John Rawls – Philosophical Highlights

Secular Thought

Responding To: Why Don’t You At Least Send Your Kids To Church?

Where I live everybody goes to church, or if not, at least intends to start soon, because that’s just what good people do.  And everybody with any values or morals most definitely sends their kids to church.  So when someone, like me, doesn’t, it sticks out.  There’s no shortage of people kindly wanting to take… Continue reading Responding To: Why Don’t You At Least Send Your Kids To Church?

Secular Thought

Is it Better to Not Know Why Bad Things Happen?

No.  This may seem like it should be obvious.  But yet, with one world view an adherent just can’t get past the fact that since Somebody else is pulling the strings, when something bad happens, that Somebody has either caused it, or allowed it to happen.  This cognitive dissonance causes inevitable consternation.  How can the… Continue reading Is it Better to Not Know Why Bad Things Happen?

Philosophy

Aristotle – Some Highlights

Here’s a super short synopsis of some key features of Aristotle’s thought: Virtue Theory His definition of virtues divided them into two types: moral, which are shaped through early training and reinforced to become matter of habit, and intellectual, which can be rationally taught. All virtues have the common structure of falling between two extremes… Continue reading Aristotle – Some Highlights

Politics

How does the Republican Party Cheat? Let’s Count the Ways.

(Note that the title says, “The Republican Party,” and not Republicans themselves.)  The Republican party cheats so much they use another cheat (false equivalency) to justify it.  Cheat #1:  The claim that “Democrats cheat too.”  Even if this were the case, weren’t they ever taught that two wrongs don’t make a right?  Instead, their dogma… Continue reading How does the Republican Party Cheat? Let’s Count the Ways.

Philosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche – Some Highlights

Nietzsche’s will to power depends upon a desire to improve and to move forward, and is highly individualistic, as opposed to the humility and submission advocated by certain religions.  Having this will to power helps to deter exploitation. His Ubermensch, loosely translated as Superman, was meant to be the ultimate aspiration of every man.  Ultimately we… Continue reading Friedrich Nietzsche – Some Highlights

Politics

Types of Political Lies

Lying has obviously become a huge issue in recent politics.  And while politicians have long bent the truth and engaged in other exaggerations and distortions, the intentions seem to be what’s changing.  The more common political lies of past, used primarily to win individual elections, have been replaced by elaborate webs of distortions intended to… Continue reading Types of Political Lies