Art of Manliness podcast on the existential threat of Facebook, Google, and Amazon and how they lead to a homogeneous, monopoly-controlled world.
This interview with Cornel West, American philosopher and professor at Harvard and Yale, among other universities, touches on many of the issues and concerns I see in the Philippines, even though West is talking about the situation in the United States. As West sees it, the US has not done enough to tackle the underlying issues of poverty, instead becoming too focused on window dressing solutions like diversity. ‘Black faces in high places’ as he calls it.
There are too many quotable passages so I’ll just leave off with two:
First, on the flag controversy in the US:
For me, every flag is under the cross. So often, the flag becomes an idol to worship or fetishize, to defer before––whereas for a Christian like me, the cross signifies unarmed truth, unconditional love. The flag is always a national symbol, and that national symbol is under unconditional truth, unconditional love––so the cross is always a critique of the flag. I never really thought that the flag required my uncritical allegiance.
Then, on how to face the present tide:
As things become more hopeless, we have to fight more intensely because of issues of integrity, honesty, decency, truth, justice. You have to choose ways of being in the world, even when it looks as if you have very little chance of being victorious at the present moment.
Beyond liberal Islam looks at Islam vs the ideals of Western liberalism amidst the liberalism’s own contradictions.
The ‘Christian’ West might have established liberal societies, but it has struggled to produce liberal citizens. The resurgent fascistic movements in Europe and North America today seeking to restrict the freedoms of others are distinctly Christian and Western identity movements.
How evolutionary biology makes everyone an existentialist Looks like something I have to read in depth, though I have to say the premise is pretty provocative. Clickbaity even.
Nicely summarized overview of many schools of thought. Nihilism, existentialism, stoicism, hedonism, rationalism, etc.
Part 1 of a History of Philosophy Course from Wheaton College. The latest is already Part 57 so I suppose there’s a lot of catching up to do.
And not just philosophy but also history and other aspects of the liberal arts. The larger challenge is our implicit compartmentalization of the various disciplines, all for the sake of specialization.