206. Reducing polarization, demonization, and the lack of civility in America, part 1

In his inaugural speech (read it here) on November 7, 2020 President Biden stated, “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.” And throughout his speech he made various calls to unity such as “I pledge to be a Read more ›

204. Some Uses of Philosophy in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder, Part 3: J.S. Mill on Liberty

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nine minutes and twenty nine seconds while he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. His death, and many other Read more ›

203. Some Uses of Philosophy in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder, Part 2: Sartre on Racism

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nine minutes and twenty nine seconds while he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. His death, and many other Read more ›

202. Some Uses of Philosophy in the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder, Part 1: Natural Law Theory

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for nine minutes and twenty nine seconds while he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. His death, and many other Read more ›

193. Coronavirus and “The Masque of the Red Death”: Poe’s Cautionary Wisdom

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849 It is March 21, 2020 and the coronavirus is a pandemic threatening everyone on Earth. In my relative isolation of social distancing, I have had more time to read and I was drawn to a tale Read more ›