Correspondences: On Moral Relativism and Scapegoating

Dear T. In respect to understanding moral relativism, I have found it helpful to consult The Big Lebowski (1998). Come to think of it, that movie also embodies the scapegoat mechanism in its nascent form as a kind of “deflection.” Thus the outer “nihilists” appear as the enemy that is correlative to inner apathy (i.e….

Plato and the Poets

“Beauty is a manifestation of Nature’s secret laws, which would otherwise remain forever hidden.” —J. W. von Goethe [1] Plato notoriously argued for the expulsion of the poets from the Res publica on several occasions in his well known work. His decision might seem to suggest that art is of little value in the quest…

Is the Earth flat?

The Earth is flat in curved spacetime. It’s more interesting than it sounds since every point on the surface of the Earth is flat relative to everywhere in its vicinity. Otherwise a marble would roll towards the horizon. “The Earth is so big, you can’t see its curvature,” will be the obvious rejoinder. But who…

On “Conscience” and “Conscious”

“Conscience” and “conscious”: most people can use each of these words in a sentence. At the same time, I think they are frequently employed in a vague or imprecise manner and I hope the reflection to follow can contribute to achieve some clarity on their meanings. Etymologically, both words indicate “knowing with” or “knowing together”…

A critique of “Plato was right: Earth is made, on average, of cubes”

The de facto “philosopher-kings” [1] of today have succeeded in damning Plato with faint praise. The publication explains: Science has steadily moved beyond Plato’s conjectures, looking instead to the atom as the building block of the universe. Yet Plato seems to have been onto something, researchers have found. [2] But to regard this finding as…

On communities, hierarchy, and Go(o)d

Each one has its “principality” or “archangel,” so to speak, and we can tell by its frowning countenance when we have violated an ethical norm. And what pleases the Eagle may displease the Serpent, as it were, and be perceived as neutral by the Dove. We can imagine Alaska has an “archangel” as well, and…