Jesus as a Philosopher of Kindness

We are so used to thinking of Jesus as a divinity whom we accept or reject on the basis of faith that we are apt to miss a far more relevant detail: that he was an extremely acute philosopher, whose rules on human conduct maintain a deep and ongoing applicability. One of the most salient…

Osho, The Buddha & Mother Teresa

One thing that I liked about Osho is that he was utterly honest and outspoken. He was simply not a commentator on religious text or spiritual text. He was a scientist. He experienced things and accepted some and discarded some. It is interesting to know that he discarded even the Buddha himself. Towards the end…

Socrates the Martyr (posted April 1, 2019)

Hello this is an excerpt from Thaddeus Tuleja’s 1989 work, The Catalog of Lost Books. No figure in Western thought is more revered than the Athenian gadfly Socrates. Thanks to the laudatory dialogues of his most famous pupil, Plato, the Greek philosopher comes down to us as the prototype of a professional thinker: diligent, impartial,…

Natural Law Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #34

Thomas Aquinas was no dummy. Remember him? The Italian fella? Christian monk? Philosophical superstar of the 13th century? Aquinas thought morality was important for everyone, and that being a good person was a vital part of God’s plan for each of us. But he knew that not everyone had been exposed to the Bible, or…

Moral Figures: Jesus vs. Hitler

Before the mid 20th century Jesus Christ was the most potent moral figure in the Western imagination. We decided collectively what goodness was with reference to him. Whether or not you were a believer, his moral authority was pretty much unimpeachable. Since 1945 the most potent moral figure in Western culture has been Adolf Hitler,…