Plato’s Republic – Book I: Garbage People

I figured since I teach the Republic every year I’ll write something about it. I’m convinced that the book is about the role of media (“poetry”) as much as it’s about politics and ethics, and about images much more than Forms, so what I’ll do is write one post for each of the ten Books […]

Excerpt from My Book

Among other projects, I’m keeping myself occupied during quarantine by writing a book explaining Aristotle’s ethics to non-philosophers. Below is the first section from Book VII. Let me know if you know anyone in publishing. Book VII – Habits Continence and Incontinence: Not Just about Peeing Your Pants  “We must now discuss incontinence and softness, […]

Digital Presence and Online Teaching

Because we’ll all have to be teaching and learning online in the coming weeks, I’ve been thinking about the differences between online learning and in-class learning. My pedagogy is pretty simple in general, and I’ve taught online courses before, so I’m not very occupied with thoughts of that. I’m more curious about a philosophical issue: […]

Not Everyone Deserves an Opinion

One thing I’m dreading with the coronavirus quarantine happening is podcasts. You know what a podcast is, right? It’s where a dude with barely any intelligence and a high opinion of himself allows the world to hear his barely intelligent opinions about things he first heard about that morning. This kind of pollution fills the […]

Open Letter

To the People Next to me at the Red Light Today Blasting Dance Music in Their Car, Symbolizing All of Humanity, I get it. Parties are fun. Being at them makes you feel young and rich and excited and happy. So while you’re driving you put on some dance music to make it feel like […]

My favorite thing in the world

A few months back I decided, for personal reasons, to begin a project that was absolutely useless practically speaking – something that nobody would care about and hardly anybody would read except for a handful of nerds. A no-pressure activity that wasn’t Netflix-binging with drool dripping from my jowels. So I asked around and found […]

Temperance hurts

If it hasn’t become clear already, I don’t want to do this blog. But I do want to write books, and I’ve been told a dozen times now that publishers won’t consider you unless you’ve got a “popular following.” So now I have to practice near-superhuman virtue by maintaining this horrible thing until somebody gives […]