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The difference between “a philosophy” and “Philosophy”.

Illustration by author

This isn’t going to be an anti-self-help tirade.

In fact, I read a lot of self-help and there are a lot of great authors who work in that genre. The point of this post is really to distinguish philosophy from self-help.

Good, honest self-help is life advice that allows you…

Devotion, not Distractions.

Sophia, just a few days old. Author’s photo.

Caring for a newborn is like having to carry a brim-full bowl of water the whole time.

You are forbidden to spill it or put it down, it can only be passed from one person to another. It’s hard work. It’s highly inconvenient.

Convenience is shaping the world around us…

A New Book Examines the Dutch Philosopher’s Religious Vision

Pieter Claesz, Vanitas (1630) A typical “vanitas” (literally: “emptiness”) still life from the Dutch Golden Age. (Public domain. Source: Wikipedia)

By one estimate, more than half of adults in the UK cannot touch their toes.

Babies and children can. A young child can fold at its hips and double over as flat as a pancake. Why are adults so inflexible?

Inflexibility is not some intrinsic biological process that overcomes us…


Amia Srinivasan examines dilemmas and disputes in the Feminist movement. In doing so, she uncovers its ultimate benefit for everybody.

An Oxford University publicity photo of Amia Srinivasan (photo by Nina Subin. Fair use)

The word “incel” barely registered in public consciousness until 23 May 2014. That’s when Eliot Rodger, a twenty-two-year-old dropout, stabbed and shot to death six people and wounded more than a dozen others.

Halfway through his killing spree, Rodger uploaded a video on YouTube “Eliot Rodger’s Retribution” and emailed his…

The Philosophy That Truth and Goodness are One

Robert Delaunay, “Les Coureurs”, 1930 (Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Consider the number five. What’s the essence of that number? What lies behind it? What’s its substance? What does it consist of?

We can ask such questions of most things in the world — people, trees, spider webs, photographs and cardboard boxes — but numbers are pure quantity. Five is…

Is Humanitarianism Killing the Good Within Us?

Non-Violence or “The Knotted Gun” by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, outside the UN Headquarters in New York, NY, USA. (Photo by Matthew TenBruggencate on Unsplash)

You see children suffering in a war zone on television. It’s terrible. What’s your first thought? Punish the people doing it to those kids? Drop bombs on them? Or do you wonder, how can we change the world so that such a war could never happen in the first place?

Steven Gambardella

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