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Philosophy as mathematics with non-mathematical language

By Aristophanes  •  August 29, 2019

Both philosophy and mathematics commonly employ “mere thought” to develop our understanding of reality.

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Without free will, can we still justify criminal imprisonment?

By Aristophanes  •  May 12, 2019

We can, but only by way of utilitarianism — not pleasurable quarantine.

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Life is inherently meaningless. Don’t let that stop you.

By Aristophanes  •  December 16, 2018

The purpose of life is to find purpose in life.

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How capitalism undercuts American journalism

By Aristophanes  •  October 20, 2018

Responsible news is less profitable than sensational coverage, creating headaches for professional journalists.


Philosophy civilizes disagreement

By Aristophanes  •  September 16, 2018

The act of engaging with foreign ideas fosters shared understanding among a diverse population.

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Life is like a video game

By Aristophanes  •  June 25, 2018

Each day brings a new level of adventure and opportunity.

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Philosophy cannot be useless

By Aristophanes  •  June 12, 2018

To call philosophy useless is, ironically, to philosophize about philosophy.

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Existence coincides with essence

By Aristophanes  •  June 8, 2018

If we can’t change the future, can we still be free?

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Don’t fear Trump. Fear what’s next.

By Aristophanes  •  January 26, 2018

The current era of American politics isn’t an aberration — it’s a harbinger of a dark future.

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Legalize euthanasia

By Aristophanes  •  January 7, 2018

Assisted suicide is a moral choice that should belong to individuals, not archaic legal statutes.

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Our 100th story: What we’ve learned

By Aristophanes  •  January 7, 2018

The American Unionist reviews the most popular stories since the site’s launch in August.

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Free will reigns in Middle-earth

By Aristophanes  •  October 17, 2017

In The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien argues that free agency is the ultimate personal good.

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Reliabilism’s causal component fails

By Aristophanes  •  October 13, 2017

The causal requirement cannot account for the many reasons one’s beliefs may be justified.

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Free will is a comforting fantasy

By Aristophanes  •  October 9, 2017

Robert Kane’s theory of actions-based libertarianism makes three fatal errors.


Nozick’s libertarianism isn’t just

By Aristophanes  •  October 1, 2017

Libertarian theories often fail to account for unfair disparities in opportunity.

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Originalism is shaping the Supreme Court

By Aristophanes  •  September 18, 2017

The doctrine of Neil Gorsuch and Antonin Scalia will influence the high court’s decisions for years to come.

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Alexander, Weinberg and the problem of intuition

By Aristophanes  •  September 17, 2017

Two philosophers sought an answer to intuition’s utility. Their solution? Science.

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Is there a moral obligation to give to charity?

By Aristophanes  •  September 14, 2017

Peter Singer says we must help whenever we are able, but his analysis isn’t quite right.

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Moral imperialism isn’t novel

By Aristophanes  •  September 11, 2017

Modern thought is corrupted by a pervading present bias. The United States is no exception.

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Criminal quarantine fails as an ethical theory

By Aristophanes  •  September 6, 2017

If free will doesn’t exist, how can we morally justify criminal containment?