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Friedrich Nietzsche

Kanye West: The 21st Century Friedrich Nietzsche

Sarah Collins | Posted 10.05.2014 | Celebrity
Sarah Collins

Friedrich Nietzsche certainly would be proud of his 21st century protégé. Kanye West probably wouldn't care.

The Recurring Myth About Nietzsche and Fascism

Brian Leiter | Posted 08.06.2014 | College
Brian Leiter

Freedom of inquiry and thought must surely encompass the right of students to discuss and think about ideas, including illiberal ideas. The idea that a "Nietzsche Club," in particular, is not appropriate for a serious university (one with several Nietzsche scholars on its faculty, ironically enough) is astonishing.

Answered Prayers

Francis Levy | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

"Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entra," were the words which Dante famous cited on the way through The Inferno.

Nietzsche for Idiots

Francis Levy | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

What were Nietzsche's ancestors thinking when they decided to place an s after a z? No one is saying that there is anything wrong with the name.

Why Buddhist Meditation Can't Solve All Our Problems

Ted Cadsby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Our muddling is forever constant because the human condition is a predicament to be continually managed, not a problem to be fixed or solved.

Meditations on Nietzsche: Does Morality Require Religion?

Jimmy McMillan | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Jimmy McMillan

The human individual is becoming more so, it appears. Her membership in churches and political organizations is elapsing even though outwardly she professes to belong and to participate.

Why the New York Yankees Are America's Team

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 05.03.2014 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

As baseball season is about to commence, the annual ritual of Yankee vilification is in full throttle. The complaints are by now well rehearsed: The N...

Spiritual and Religious

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.

Music and Gratitude: The Gifts That Keep On Giving

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Moving through my heart and mind last night was more than just nostalgia or an entertaining musical evening; I found myself reflecting on the deeper meaning and quality of life.

Right-Brain, Left-Brain is Dead; Long Live Bernbachism

Nick Jefferson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Business
Nick Jefferson

He is the sober, cold light of day that reminds us that no matter how 'inspired' last night's conversation in the pub, we've now actually got to something about it.

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

All Is Lost and the Human Condition

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Is the whole struggle for life pointless? Meaningless? The void, the chasm that is deep space, the infinity that envelops us, does anything finally matter? Why resist the closing of the light?

A Touch of Sin or the Turin Horse

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

You may reconsider your views on gun control after seeing Jia Zhangke's parable of modern China A Touch of Sin. It's as if you gave Stockman, the cru...

"Truth" Examined

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Truth consists of moments. And the despot returns when, in the name of that ultimate truth whose itinerary he claims to know, he says to the laggards, that is, to those of us who commit the fatal error of clinging to what has just gone out of date: "Silence! Heed me and obey," or simply "Get moving!"

The Scariest NSA-Gate Lesson: 'Private Citizen' Is Now an Oxymoron

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

In 1882, sensing an emerging age of secularism, Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote, "God is dead." History proved him wrong, but although God is not yet dead, something else sure as hell is: Privacy.

License To Philosophize, Sinatra-style

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

When you reach a certain age and no longer have a job where large numbers of people are incentivized to laugh at your jokes, moments arise when you wo...

SeaWorld's IPO and the Third Question of Conscience

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Would you buy a conflict diamond, purchase a slave, or bank dividends from Auschwitz? Of course you wouldn't -- those are all questions of conscience...

No Strain, No Gain: How Stress Can Make You Stronger

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

We often presume to know why certain things are good for us. But when it comes to lifestyles, proving what is good and why proves quite difficult.

Ideology Won't Solve Our Problems

Dan Morgan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Morgan

The sequester that took effect March 1 is a case in point. Some House Republicans have called it the Tea Party's biggest success to date. But a success for whom?

Choose Your Favorite Philosopher

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 04.30.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Aristotle: This ancient Greek philosopher argued for the primacy of rational thought over animal instincts, and moderation over hedonism. Ideal for: Drivers who slow at yellow lights.

Giving Up God For Lent

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

I am giving up God for Lent to make room for God. I am prying open my fingers, and letting all of my theological idols crash to the ground.

Is God Dead?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Pew's report puts out enormous challenges to people of faith. Scientific and scholarly findings unambiguously suggest that world religions are far from fulfilling their promise to humanity.

For a Better Society, Teach Philosophy in High Schools

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Why philosophy? Because the study of philosophy, the "love of wisdom," creates and nurtures thoughtful minds, minds that can -- as Aristotle suggests -- entertain a thought without accepting it.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

Rock 'N' Roll Pantheon Keeps It Real

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

I needed to find out whether the Rock 'N' Roll Pantheon is "for real," whatever that phrase has come to mean.