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URL :http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/
Filed Under:Academics / Philosophy
Posts on Regator:4739
Posts / Week:15.9
Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Brian Leiter to Step Down as Editor of PGR in 2014-15

In effect, Leiter ignored my warning: Do not multiply enemies beyond necessity. He finally went too far. For years he got away with vicious out-of-the-blue personal attacks on conservatives and white males, but when he turned on females, such as...

Friday Cat Blogging! Is Your Cat Racist?

Did you know that "Tom and Jerry" is now deemed racist? Yikes! Is there any limit to how willfully stupid a stupid liberal can be? No, there is no limit. Three more examples of hundreds and hundreds. Andrea Tantaros of...

Civic Engagement

One use of civic engagement is to help bring about an arrangement in which one needn't civically engage with people one finds morally and politically repellent.

Jason Mattera's Ambush Tactics Defended

This just over the transom from a reader: You wrote: "... one must turn their own Alinsky tactics against them.... Conservatives should not allow themselves to be hobbled by their own civility and high...

What Drives Your Philosophizing?

Is it a purely theoretical interest? Or is it an existential need? And if an existential need, is it one that is also a religious need, or one that is secular? Gustav Bergmann, Blaise Pascal, Albert Camus.

The Leftist

A leftist is a person who can justify unspeakably evil deeds to advance a worldview according to which people are basically good and evil does not exist.

Geen Ketter Sonder Letter: No Heretic Without a Text

The following quotation from Spinoza may serve as a sort of addendum to what I just posted anent Sam Harris and the idea of divine revelation. Benedict de Spinoza, A Theologico-Political Treatise, Ch. XIV, Dover, 1951, tr. Elwes, p. 182:...

Sam Harris on the Very Idea of Divine Revelation

Let me say that Sam Harris is a liberal I respect and admire. He has not succumbed to the PeeCee delusion and he actively combats it. Although Harris is a contemporary, he is not a 'contemporary liberal' as I use...

Dennis Miller on Obama

Last night on The O'Reilly Factor, the sharpest comedian out there uncorked the following: He makes Narcissus look like he invented self-effacement. In battling the Left, it is not enough to have facts, logic, and moral decency on one's side;...

Arguing with Kripke over Existence

I now have in my hands Saul Kripke's Reference and Existence: The John Locke Lectures, Oxford UP, 2013. The lectures were given over forty years ago in the fall of 1973. Why did you starve us for 40 years, Saul?...

A Reader Poses Some Political-Philosophical Questions, Part I

From a reader: I have been and continue to be an avid reader of your wonderful blog ever since I stumbled upon your post on Wittgenstein’s anti-philosophy some years ago. And I must say that your assorted musings and reflections...

When Will Liberals Tell the Truth about Islam?

Presumably never since the reality-denying Left, which includes many in the Catholic hierarchy, does not care about truth but about being politically correct. Now read this. Related articles It's Time to Take the Islamic State Serio...

Conservative Cities are Better: Mesa, Arizona, for example

Story here. Excerpt: While it’s willing to make investments, Mesa is also lean in ways that more bloated liberal cities can’t boast. Take the City Council. Despite Mesa’s hefty population, council members are part-timers who have day jobs in fields...

The Need for Outside Help

A human life is too short for the acquisition by oneself of the wisdom needed to live it well -- or to end it well. And the same goes for the appropriation of the hard-won wisdom of one's predecessors: the...

The Narrative: The Origins of Political Correctness

William Voegli claims that the phrase 'political correctness' first entered the American vocabulary in 1991. I don't know about that, but I do know that the concept is much older: PC derives from the CP, as I explain in Dorothy...

Ten Things I Haven't Done

Here are ten things I have never done, but you probably have. I have never: taken a sleeping pill. purchased a lottery ticket. owned an umbrella. as an adult worn pajamas, a bow tie, or suspenders....

What is Wrong with Gluttony?

An earlier post addressed the nature of gluttony. One important point to emerge was that gluttony cannot be identified with the consumption of excessive amounts of food or drink. There are the worldling's reasons to avoid gluttony and there is...

Bill Maher and Sam Harris Hammer Ben Affleck

A lively 'conversation' about Islam. Affleck outs himself as a perfect idiot while getting slaughtered by the Maher-Harris tag team. Around 2:05 he starts to quote the Declaration of Independence (second paragraph) and the line about all men being endowed...

Arizona and California Gas Prices

Big road trip last weekend: Phoenix, Barstow, Bakersfield, Santa Barbara and back by a different route. The Jeep Wrangler runs on unleaded regular. Paid $3.349/gal on 9/27 at Quartzsite, AZ off of I-10, one of the last Arizona gas-ups enroute...

Will Rogers

"Never miss a good chance to shut up." More cowboy wisdom here.

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