"Socrates," by Mitch Francis

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I’m Brendan Lalor, a philosophy professor at Castleton State College in Vermont.

  • The Perfect Moral Storm: Philosophers Respond to the Impending Anthropogenic Apocalypse

    For at least the next 200 years, weather forecasts predict shitstorms, with global temperatures now set to remain elevated for hundreds of years to come. The latest IPCC report explains that our emissions are nearing the point of no return. Even if industrialized nations switched to solar power overnight, it is now too late to fully reverse the planet's course. Geologists have officially termed this new epoch, where the human species has irreparably shaped earth's geological history, the Anthropocene. Policymakers no longer have the luxury to decide how we might "stop" global warming. Instead, we have to figure out how we'll manage amidst climate instability. Continue Reading
    The Perfect Moral Storm: Philosophers Respond to the Impending Anthropogenic Apocalypse

    20 Cognitive Biases

    An iconic taxonomy of bias. Continue Reading
    20 Cognitive Biases

    Plato’s Republic (reading five)

    [oohcol].... Socrates And assuredly no one will argue that there is any other method of comprehending by any regular process
    Plato’s Republic (reading five)

    Can The Existence of God be Proved?

    [oohcol][oohead]Cosmological and Teleological Arguments for God[/oohead] [commentary][phil writer="Lalor"]Believers that a god exists are termed theists (from theos, which is Greek for
    Can The Existence of God be Proved?

    Mill’s “On Liberty”

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    Mill’s “On Liberty”

    Philosophy Feeds

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    Philosophy Feeds

    Marx, “On the Jewish Question”

    Liberal politics - even those promoting the most liberal constitutions - conceive of humanity on an atomistic model (as egos concerned with Lockean individual rights), rather than a model which embraces the sociality of our species-life. Continue Reading
    Marx, “On the Jewish Question”

    Locke’s “Letter Concerning Toleration”

    The toleration of those that differ from others in matters of religion is so agreeable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to the genuine reason of mankind, that it seems monstrous for men to be so blind as not to perceive the necessity and advantage of it in so clear a light. Continue Reading
    Locke’s “Letter Concerning Toleration”

    De Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America”

    I hold it to be an impious and an execrable maxim that, politically speaking, a people has a right to do whatsoever it pleases, and yet I have asserted that all authority originates in the will of the majority. Am I then, in contradiction with myself? A general law—which bears the name of Justice—has been made and sanctioned, not only by a majority of this or that people, but by a majority of mankind. The rights of every people are consequently confined within the limits of what is just. Continue Reading
    De Tocqueville’s “Democracy In America”

    Mill’s Harm Principle

    [oohcol][caption id="attachment_7136" align="alignright" width="197"] "John Stuart Mill," by Mitch Francis[/caption] [oohead]The Harm Principle[/oohead] The object of this Essay is to assert one
    Mill’s Harm Principle