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Rethink the Police

There has been a call to defund the police, which has triggered various responses. Some take issue with the choice of “defund” since it allows the folks on the right to create a plausible seeming straw person. A straw person is a fallacy in which a distorted or exaggerated version is put in place of [More]

Trump’s Strength

In my high school and college track and cross-country days I was accustomed to the usual unflattering comparisons between runners and football players. Runners were often mocked as weak and unmanly, while football was a sport for manly men. When Trump’s followers praise his strength, this reminds me of those days and leads me consider [More]

Trump & American War Dead

The Atlantic recently published a piece claiming that Trump described Americans killed in was as ‘losers’ and ‘suckers.’ Trump has denied these claims and his supporters have rushed to defend him. As would be expected, people trend to believe or reject the claims based on their ideology rather than on considerations of the evidence. I [More]

Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German seventeenth-century philosopher, an incredible logician, and one of the most important contributors to the philosophy of metaphysics, philosophical theology, mathematics, and ethics. His metaphysical career spanned over thirty years, and he was an inspiration to other contemporary philosophers from the Enlightenment period. Born in 1646 in Leipzig, Germany, […] The post Gottfried Leibniz: the last universal genius appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesForgotten Danish philosopher K E. LøgstrupIs motion an illusion of the senses?Six of the best Italian [More]

TEA, Rand & 2020

From a philosophical perspective,I respected the Tea Party for having an explicit  and publicly stated philosophical foundation.  This foundation was, of course, the ethical egoism of Ayn Rand. It can be argued that the Tea Party died on July 22, 2019, but the ethical egoism it embraced has lived on and can be used, perhaps, [More]

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