On this view of self-expression, people are expressed by others who care about and trust them, not by themselves. Our voices and actions express the commitments of people we love and trust. To have self-expression, then, is achieved when someone else props you up for display, taking your beliefs as givens, and enacting your tastes, desires, and beliefs. Continue reading Self-Expression and Our Need for Each Other
…the gaslighter doesn’t communicate with her victim or seek to understand him, but rather speaks over him, tailoring her speech for the legitimator’s sake. In doing so, she trades her expressive freedom for the power to be believed. This deal is one that only the devil would offer. Continue reading Freedom of Expression for the Power to be Believed: The Gaslighter’s Deal.
Comedians are Socratic Journalists, serving the public interest of combatting absurd rhetoric, advertising, and propaganda, and preventing us from losing our grip on reality. Continue reading Comedy as Socratic Journalism
By Daniel Tippens Early in his presidency, Donald Trump passed his first executive order pertaining to immigration, preventing travelers from … Continue reading Against Historical Cherry Picking
Replaying the scene was a way to get past the accident and thus, to carry on with my life. Continue reading Vicarious Grief
Any human activity that has too much money in it invites a culture of corruption. Continue reading The Dark Side of Medical Research
Televised speeches have been the primary form of direct communication between the President and the public. Until Donald Trump. Continue reading Trump, Twitter, and the Norms of Political Communication
After taking a few puffs, a short yet gangly woman in her early fifties appeared, walking in my direction. As she approached, she glared at me and slowed her pace, squinting her eyes and furrowing her brow. Continue reading See Something? Don’t Say Anything.
Societies collectively realize, through painstaking movements and civil upheaval, that the conditions of our world are such that an action that previously had no moral status now has one, recognizing that the scope of morality has expanded. Continue reading The Scope of Morality
Public philosophers, on this view, should take their time, think big, spread their wings, and throw up their own visions of some aspects of the world they live in, despite being unsure of its airtight veracity or logical validity, and being artistically open with terminology and precision. Continue reading Philosophy’s PR Problem: The Devil is The Details