The False Allure of Moral Relativism

Wait a minute? So, where’d we land on the moral question — on matters of right and wrong? Is there anywhere for us to stand to make such judgments? I admit that, because our behaviors are conjectured, there appears to be no place from which we can stand to judge the...
Freedom is the Path

Freedom is the Path

Natural Laws vs Social Laws Before cultures clashed, our social behaviors – rituals and traditions – would have seemed as natural as the seasons: each are controlled by the gods, or nature. So, there wasn’t really reason to question the social...
Critical Rationalism

Critical Rationalism

Schools & Traditions Essentially every civilization throughout history has created a dogmatic school in which the main task is to pass on the doctrine of its founder intact to each new generation. And, in the rare event a person criticized the doctrine or proposed...
Poetic Imagination

Poetic Imagination

The Magic of Wonder & Creativity I hope at least once in your life you’ve seen the Milky Way. The brushstroke of glimmering white light that cuts through the heavens is breathtaking. And to imagine, before all the light and carbon pollution, our ancestors simply...
The Power of Beliefs

The Power of Beliefs

By Way of Introduction It’s spring in Salt Lake City. I’ve been writing at my desk all day and my back’s painfully aware. I glance out the window and see that the morning’s storm has washed out the pollution and left a soft blue sky. I figure it’s time to give my back...
Concepts & Ultimate Truth

Concepts & Ultimate Truth

The Essence of Aristotle’s Arrogance The Failures of Ultimate Explanation The earliest Greek philosophers didn’t really ask ‘what is?’ questions. Rather than quibble over the meaning of words, they tried to solve specific problems by creating bold explanatory...
Everything Changes

Everything Changes

Impermanence & Suffering Some five hundred years before Christ, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus noticed a strange paradox: ‘The world appears to be filled with things. Yet all these things change in time, even if we don’t perceive the change directly. Winds...
Know Your Will & Way

Know Your Will & Way

How the Will to Know Leads the Way to Love Life is problem solving. You’re different from a rock ‘cuz you do shit — wake to sleep, this-that-and-the-other-thing. How often, though, do you stop to consider why in fact you do all this shit? In other words, how much...
The Faceless See-er

The Faceless See-er

Awareness & the Nature of Self We all spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves. We think about whether we’re happy or sad, loved or hated. We think about what we want and don’t want, where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. We worry...
The Humble Giant: In Loving Memory of Karl Popper

The Humble Giant: In Loving Memory of Karl Popper

There’s a straightforward path to philosophy. That is, we each have prejudices — racial prejudices, class prejudices, religious prejudices, sexual prejudices, academic prejudices, the list goes on. And the important thing about philosophy is that it criticize these...