Philosopher/Educator/Writer/Podcast Host & Producer
I'm a philosophy professor, avid reader, I love writing, and I co-host/produce The Existential Stoic Podcast.
Much of what we suffer from is self-inflicted. Our mood, attitude, mental health, physical health, and energy levels are interconnected and influence each other. When we fail to take care of ourselves, when we don’t have direction, we start to see and feel our health, energy, and mood deteriorate.
The Habit of Living
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. - Camus The Habit of Living In The Myth of Sisyphus: and other essays, Albert Camus points out that we “get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”
Reason, Autonomy, and Kant's Ethics
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) has been one of the most influential figures in philosophy. Kant’s ethical theory places special emphasis on rationality. He believes all persons have equal worth because all human beings are rational beings. For Kant, then, human dignity and worth is tied to our rational nature.
What is Multiple Causation?
When we think about causality and, more specifically, when we talk about it in practice, we tend to make it out to be a simple thing. Something happened, Y, therefore some antecedent event or factor, X, must have preceded it which explains the occurrence of Y.
“There is only a perspectival seeing, only a perspectival ‘knowing’; the more affects we are able to put into words about a thing, the more eyes, various eyes we are able to use for the same thing, the more complete will be our ‘concept’ of the thing, our ‘objectivity’.” - Nietzsche
Curiosity, Perplexity, and the Wisdom of Socrates
“I know that I know nothing" - Socrates Plato begins his dialogue, Meno, rather abruptly. At the very outset, Meno poses the following question to Socrates: “Can you tell me, Socrates, can virtue be taught?” Meno believes he has a clear understanding of virtue and what it entails. He even suggests as much to Socrates: “I have made many speeches about virtue before large audiences on a thousand occasions, very good speeches I thought.”
An anxious excitement crept through the man. He felt it in his body—warm tendrils seemed to spread from his chest outward as he hurriedly checked and rechecked each room. He and his wife used tablets to verify each room’s contents. The devices communicated with the house’s main system and made it a simple process to record each item and track overall progress. Husband and wife smiled often as they worked. They stopped to wave to their son each time they passed by a window facing the front yard where he patiently waited for them to complete their inventory.
Everyone in Crystal City understood the importance of Potential. Set during a person’s fabrication, Potential determined who he would become. The city used it to assign individual role and function. Potential made it possible to preserve civility, regularity, productivity, and security. Yes, everyone in Crystal City understood the importance, the value, of Potential.