A Contemporary Spinozistic Tao te Ching: The Perfect Pairing of Freedom and Necessity.

APP Editors Note: This is what Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, aka SEP, says about Taoism and the Tao te Ching, aka Daoism and the Daode Jing: Daoism stands alongside Confucianism as one of the two great religious/philosophical systems of China. Traditionally traced to the mythical Laozi “Old Philosopher,” Philosophical Daoism owes more to “philosopher Zhuang” … [continue reading]

Captions (To The Cartoons We Live)–In Defense of Captions & A Curriculum Vitae.

1. In Defense of Captions Starting two weeks from today, on Wednesday, 12 June 2019, Against Professional Philosophy will republish the second installment–and then in subsequent weeks, the later installments–of a series (hereby) collectively entitled “Captions.” They are so-entitled because they have been taken from a self-published collection called “Captions To The Cartoons We Live,” … [continue reading]

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #18, 4 (May 2019): Why We Should Be Really Happy About Being Moist Robots With “Free Will.”

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines! is delivered online in (occasionally discontinuous) weekly installments, month by month. Its aim is to inspire critical, reflective, synoptic thinking and discussion about contemporary issues–in short, public philosophizing in the broadest possible, everyday sense. Every installment contains (1) excerpts from one or more articles, or one or more complete articles, … [continue reading]

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #18, 3 (May 2019): Jobs, Shit Jobs, and Leisure.

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines! is delivered online in (occasionally discontinuous) weekly installments, month by month. Its aim is to inspire critical, reflective, synoptic thinking and discussion about contemporary issues–in short, public philosophizing in the broadest possible, everyday sense. Every installment contains (1) excerpts from one or more articles, or one or more complete articles, … [continue reading]

An Introduction to Robert Whyte’s “Manacles.”

Manacles are instruments of imprisonment, repression, and slavery. Nevertheless, there are not only physical manacles to oppress us, but also what William Blake so aptly called our “mind-forg’d manacles”:[i] the individual and social cognitive, emotional, and ideological-political unreflective assumptions, biases, blinkers, filters, and protocols that mentally enslave us, even when–indeed, especially when, as in contemporary … [continue reading]

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #18, 2 (May 2019): C.P. Snow’s “Two Cultures,” And Our One Culture.

Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines! is delivered online in (occasionally discontinuous) weekly installments, month by month. Its aim is to inspire critical, reflective, synoptic thinking and discussion about contemporary issues–in short, public philosophizing in the broadest possible, everyday sense. Every installment contains (1) excerpts from one or more articles, or one or more complete articles, … [continue reading]