As I explain in the video, this will be a semi-daily video log of my reflections as a philosophy student. In this first Coarse Discourse, I begin rambling about why my Muslim professor might like Kant’s ethics so much. Then I paint Marx’s and Hegel’s theories of history with broad brushes, and explain why I think… Read More Coarse Discourse I – Islam, Kant, Marx, Hegel & History
We do not often question why things were given their particular names, because often they are of no significance… but today while browsing Wikipedia on pages about Baha’i faith, I came across a masters thesis written by a Canadian named Jonah Winters called Dying for God: Martyrdom in the Shii and Babi Religions. In the… Read More Why do we call Islam “Islam” instead of Muhammadanism?
And, How the Migrant Crisis is a Test of European Strength If you weren’t already aware, the number of Islamic migrants flooding into Europe now and over the past few years has been unprecedented. Over 1.3 million have entered Europe from Africa and the Middle East in 2015 alone, with many more promised to come.… Read More “Vigor Grows Through a Wound”
Erik’s grandparents gave him those records. Beethoven and Chopin… Bach and Brahms and Strauss and Wagner (although he never really liked Wagner much). He had hundreds and hundreds of symphonies written by the greatest classical composers and performed by the very best orchestras. All of them were there, piled into a glorious pyramid of gasoline-soaked… Read More The Classical (A short story)
An individual who is fairly popular and well-liked among his peers due to his intelligence, writing ability, and most of all, his near-pathological selflessness and altruism, recently posted an article that is meant to describe the concept of “privilege” (as almost exclusively applied to “straight white males”) by way of an anecdotal analogue. The article… Read More “Equality feels like oppression.”