Monthly Archives: April 2013

Arguments About Male Violence Prove Too Much

[CONTENT WARNING: rape, violent crime, racism] [EDIT HISTORY: This piece was widely circulated and critiqued after first being published, and I received a lot of feedback, some of which was good and some of which was bad. I have entirely … Continue reading

Floor Employment

When I was in college, I had two career plans lined up. First, I could become a philosophy Ph. D and eventually professor. Second, I could go into medicine. I still remember the moment I chose the latter. I was … Continue reading

Things I Learned By Spending Five Thousand Years In An Alternate Universe

When I was in high school, some friends and I decided it would be cool to start our own country, Bridge to Teribithia-style. As the idea gradually came into contact with reality, it degenerated into “simulate a country” and then … Continue reading

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Proving Too Much

The fallacy of Proving Too Much is when you challenge an argument because, in addition to proving its intended conclusion, it also proves obviously false conclusions. For example, if someone says “You can’t be an atheist, because it’s impossible to … Continue reading

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less

When Osama bin Laden died, I had to spend the next week or so listening to very preachy people talk about how it was wrong to ever take delight in the death of a human being, no matter how evil … Continue reading

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Last Thoughts On Virtue Ethics

The discussion on the other posts has sort of degenerated into people pointing out that our intuitive moral sense is a whole lot more useful most of the time than the speculations of moral philosophers, therefore virtue ethics. I have … Continue reading

Lizardman’s Constant Is 4%

Beware of Phantom Lizardmen I have only done a little bit of social science research, but it was enough to make me hate people. One study I helped with analyzed whether people from different countries had different answers on a … Continue reading

Virtue Ethics: Not Practically Useful, Either

I’ve been trying to understand some of the responses to my review of After Virtue. Tell me whether this is about right: The problem of “doing the right thing” consists of two subproblems. First, knowing what the right thing is. … Continue reading

Read History Of Philosophy Backwards

Back when I was in college, my chief complaint about my philosophy course was that it spent all its time teaching stuff by Aristotle or Plato or Descartes that was just obviously wrong. I sort of annoyed my professors by … Continue reading

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Book Review: After Virtue

A few weeks ago the blogosphere discovered Ayn Rand’s margin notes on a C.S. Lewis book. They were everything I expected and more. Lewis would make an argument, and then Rand would write a stream of invective in the margin … Continue reading