The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

The evidence that human life is better now than ever before is overwhelming. We know of course, that everything is not awesome. Nor does Pinker claim it is. Still, a book like Enlightenment Now has to face up to the corollary waiting at the summit of all its data: why then, aren’t we happy? Continue reading The Two Cultures Revisited: On Steven Pinker’s ‘Enlightenment Now’ | Jared Marcel Pollen

XXXTentacion: Should we mourn the death of a bad person? | Erica Schumener

The musician Jidenna’s tweets about Onfroy’s death contain the skeleton of an interesting philosophical argument. I have not seen this argument arise in the philosophy classroom. Responding to others, Jidenna claimed, “…remember this…if Malcolm X was killed at the age of 20, he would have died an abuser, a thief, an addict, and a narrow-minded depressed & violent criminal.” Continue reading XXXTentacion: Should we mourn the death of a bad person? | Erica Schumener

The Peace for our Time & The Art of the Deal | Swagat Baruah

In what has been a historic week for Trump, the liberals and the anti-Trump have been silent and of course, in some strands, blatantly ignorant. What Trump and Kim Jon-Un have achieved is indeed historic, given the two country’s rather accidental enmity which has now become a historic tryst. Continue reading The Peace for our Time & The Art of the Deal | Swagat Baruah