I got asked a great question by Clifford Lee Sargent – what are the three books that changed your life?  – for the very first session of his podcast (the video of which you can see here). It took a lot of thinking on my part, and I eventually settled on three classics of virtue […]

We are starting up a series of monthly online Philosophy events – running through the whole of 2017 – beginning next week.  The topic for the events this month is Aristotle on Virtues and Vices First, we’ll be hosting a FREE 45-minute webinar at 12:00 PM (Central Time), Tuesday March 14.  This is open to […]

Last fall, I gave a 90 minute workshop – both at the Stoicon conference and back here in Milwaukee as well – “Struggling With Anger? Useful Stoic Perspectives and Practices”.  We’ve been publishing a series of posts at Stoicism Today – the plenary addresses and summaries of the workshop presentations – for the readership who […]

Earlier in the month, we held our fourteenth session in the Worlds of Speculative Fiction – Philosophical Themes monthly talk series.  This time we discussed the “Time Quintet” of Madeline L’Engle. If you’d like to watch or listen to the discussion, here is the videorecording.

We’re now in our second year of the quarterly lecture series, Philosophers in the Midst of History, hosted by the Frank Weyenberg Library.  This year, we start out with Plato, and we’ve got Boethius, Thomas Hobbes, and Friedrich Nietzsche coming up as well. Engaging discussion as usual – we always get a good crowd, both […]

At the very end of January, I participated in a discussion focused on a particularly timely work by Jean-Paul Sartre, his play The Flies, with the people over at the Noetic platform. We had a great conversation about the text, the characters, how it fits in with some of the key themes of Sartre’s existentialist […]

Donald Trump was sworn in last Friday, and proceeded to give an augural address that had been billed ahead of time as a “philosophical document”.  I have provided some philosophical analysis of some of the key themes of the speech, including President Trump’s nationalistic vision for America under his administration. You can watch an hour […]

NPR’s program To The Best of Our Knowledge reaches about 200 or so radio stations nationwide.  I was recently contacted by their producer, who asked if they could use a short excerpt from one of my videos for their program that aired earlier today, on the notion that “Hell is other people” – Jean-Paul Sartre’s […]

Offered the opportunity to contribute guest posts to the Partially Examined Life, I decided some time back to start by addressing an issue that comes up perennially with students and in online Stoic groups – Epictetus’ distinction of what really is in and what is not in our power.  This frequently gets called the “dichotomy […]

We kicked off the second year of our Worlds of Speculative Fiction talk series by discussing Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld series – here’s the videorecording of the session. We’ve also created a set of pages here on the ReasonIO site specifically for the ongoing series – both for the local participants and for the much […]