A letter in defense of the marketplace philosophy

Dear Modernity, It looks like I have a story to tell you; one that has been a weight on my mind for quite some time, that finally prompted to be expressed for you. In Athens, 3rd century B.C., there were four major schools of philosophy. In the west, Plato had his academy. In the east, …

Why Plato was wrong about art

“Plato wasn’t a fan of art.” I looked up from my notes, shocked and astounded by the simple sentence my lecturer in aesthetics, philosophy stood up there. Why wouldn’t Plato be a fan of art? It’s right up his alley. As the lecture went on, I understood that yes, Plato did in fact not like …

Determinism and punishment

Determinism, philosophically, in opposition to free will, is the idea that every act that we take are predetermined by prior actions, our own or that of others. We don’t have free will, but our actions are reactions to what has happened before. If that’s the case, if our actions are predetermined and not chosen, how …

No, I don’t think my philosophy is true

I’m personally a big fan of stoicism. Applied correctly (a blog post in itself), it’s a very useful philosophy. One of my favorite stoic concepts is that of Amor Fati. To love fate, regardless of what it is. We can’t control what happens to us, what people do to us, or whether our house burns …