Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019

On Medium: Marquis de Sade versus the Buddha

Here's a dialogue between the Marquis de Sade and the Buddha, about which is best, sadism or Buddhist compassion. I wonder who wins.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

On Medium: Some Basics of Cynical Sociology

Here's an article that uncovers the universal social order hidden that's often hidden beneath our cultural obfuscations. 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

On Medium: Why God is a Lovecraftian Monster

This article of mine on Medium is about the meaning behind the question of whether God exists. The article returns to some themes of From Theism to Cosmicism: Toy Gods and the Horror of the Supernatural, which I wrote in 2012. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

On Medium: Femininity and Masculinity in American Politics

Here's an article I posted on Medium about how the difference between feminine and masculine traits helps explain the cultural divide in American politics, and how that division came to be in that country. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On Medium: Do Theists and Atheists have the same Deepest Experience?

Here's an article of mine on Medium that compares the fear of God and the fear of nature, and looks at how the theistic fear degenerates into love of God and ultimately into the loss of an invigorating relation to the Other, as in the case of Christian idolatry. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

On Medium: Why Theism and Atheism are both Laughable

I've posted on article on Medium, called Why Theism and Atheism are both Laughable, about the presumption that we're entitled to a complete explanation of everything, and the counterintuitiveness of theistic and naturalistic cosmologies.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

On Medium: Is President Trump a Tool of Tribal America?

I've posted this article on Medium, Is President Trump a Tool of Tribal America?, and it's about what we can learn of the country's structural problems from Trump's unconventionality. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

On Medium: Is Philosophy a Con?

Here's an article I posted on Medium, about whether the academic job prospects for philosophy grads are grim because Western philosophy itself is somehow flawed. The link I just provided should get you past the paywall.

Monday, November 4, 2019

On Medium: "Woke" Hollywood and the Dark Web

Here's another article I posted on Medium, called "Woke" Hollywood and the Dark Web. It's about whether we can learn about the nature of art from the battles between the increasingly-progressive pop cultural establishment and the populist backlash.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

On Medium: The Meaningful Life is Storied

In addition to the articles I'll be posting here, I've decided to write articles for a more general audience, on philosophy, pop culture and politics at Medium. I'll include links on this blog to those articles, but you'll be able to read them only on Medium. 

The first of my Medium articles responds to Jared Bauer from Wisecrack, the great YouTube channel, on whether we should think of human life as a story. My article's called The Meaningful Life is Storied. You can follow me on Medium at @benjamincain8.