Category Archives: culture

The Philosophy of Dark

For the last couple of months, my neighbor and I have been binge-watching episodes of the first and second season of Dark, which is like a German version of Stranger Things, but with more adultery and less CGI … but … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, José Feliciano

In 1968, a blind Puerto Rican man sang the national anthem at the World Series. His name was José Feliciano, and his performance is considered of historical importance, not only because he was Hispanic, and blind, but also because he … Continue reading

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Sale of Creeds: Pyrrho

Since I’m writing a blog series on Pyrrhonism, I thought I’d share the Pyrrhonic portion of Lucian’s comedy “Sale of Creeds”, where each philosophy that was popular in antiquity is personified as a slave being sold in the market. The … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! “The Covenant of the Sacred Festival Table”

Happy Twentieth to all students of Epicurean philosophy! Some years ago, I wrote a book review of Lampe’s highly-recommended book on the Cyrenaics. This month, I published a book review of Cyreniacs Handbook: Handbook of Source Material for Cyrenaic Philosophy, … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! On Why Black Lives Do Indeed Matter

Happy Twentieth! The last few weeks have been very emotional for many Americans. In my own city of Chicago, I have slowly gotten used to the normalization of a form of life that could be described as post-apocalyptic. Trains and … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: The Ethics of a Quarantine

Happy Twentieth of April! Please enjoy our educational videos on YouTube, and please subscribe, comment, and share. Some media updates: Please check out the Seize the Moment Podcast video, where I am interviewed to discuss the Epicureanism chapter in the … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! Did Epicurus Practice Intermittent Fasting?

Happy 20th to the students of philosophy everywhere. Some literary updates: an evaluation of the Epicurean doctrines on wealth has been published at Society of Epicurus. Some of the key insights are: There is a natural measure of wealth (ploutou … Continue reading

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Living Pleasantly in Times of Coronavirus

The World Health Organization has officially declared coronavirus a global pandemic, and new routines are slowly creeping into workplaces and homes. Now one has to use disinfectant wipes when one presses the button in the elevator, or uses a fax … Continue reading

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TBT: Jesus of Montreal

During Lent, Christians observe certain traditions: they avoid meat and eat fish, and they watch movies about the life of Jesus. There are so many of these movies, and their clichés are so well-known, that to watch one is to … Continue reading

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Brazil’s Pentecostal Problem

I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity. Through him all things fall. Not by wrath, … Continue reading

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