Category Archives: Philosophy

Philosophy and Masturbation: Anatomy of a Metaphor

Marx famously claimed that ā€œphilosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.ā€ People have occasionally made similar remarks to me in the past, usually disparaging a particular type of philosophy, … Continue reading

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Is Life Ultimately Futile?

The question that idiots always ask when they learn you’re a philosopher is “so what’s the meaning of life?” This question is probably unanswerable, and that’s probably because it’s not a real question, or at least not a single real … Continue reading

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Positive Liberty, Inner Slavery, and the Wrong Sort of Rationalism

There’s an idea, pronounced in the history of (western) philosophy and present, though perhaps less pronounced, in popular culture, that a person can be ‘internally enslaved’, i.e. can fail to be fully free not because of external constraints but because … Continue reading

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The Fixity of the Future

Not been posting very often recently, as you may have noticed. This may well continue, who knows? For now I will throw up something I found banging around my hard-drive from ages ago. It’s not very original or sophisticated, but … Continue reading

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Communication and those who lack Reason

An exceedingly common opinion runs as follows: Certain beings, though conscious/sentient, ‘lack reason’, and it is thus reasonable to treat them in a different way to ‘rational’ beings. These beings without reason include all non-human animals, humans up until a … Continue reading

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Defining Contempt: Help Me Out Here

It’s important, supposedly, to respect people – to treat them in ways that express or ‘are consistent with’ respect for them. But what is respect? Conversely, the opposite sort of treatment seems like something to avoid – treatment that degrades … Continue reading

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My name is Luke and I am a Mass of Fluids

As a human, I have/am a ‘body’. This post has no point beyond playing with ways of describing this body that might create a sense of refreshing unfamiliarity. Consider entities like puddles, raindrops, ponds, glasses-of, clouds. These are all ‘fluid … Continue reading

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