Can Political Correctness Go Too Far?

I absolutely believe in the power of love to solve our personal and political problems, and I am not ashamed to say this. I am actually in very good company in believing in the Power of Love. Folks as auspicious as MLK believed in the power of love to heal and transform our society into … Continue reading Can Political Correctness Go Too Far?

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How to Treat People With Dignity (And Yourself, Too) Even When They Are Mean and Stupid

Here are two basic things I believe:  1) There are really mean, stupid, and horrible people in the world (maybe even a lot of them). 2) Every human being deserves to be treated with basic dignity. How can these two beliefs be reconciled? It is not easy. Perhaps the best place to start in answering … Continue reading How to Treat People With Dignity (And Yourself, Too) Even When They Are Mean and Stupid

Why Criticizing Political Correctness is No Badge of Honor: Compassionate Language Matters

The phrase politically correct is not new. I remember hearing people talk about political correctness in college in the nineties, and early in my professional career, I remember stumbling upon and enjoying the book Politically Correct Fairy Tales. The phrase itself has been around for quite a while. Everyone is Talking About Political Correctness Nevertheless, … Continue reading Why Criticizing Political Correctness is No Badge of Honor: Compassionate Language Matters

Zombies, Imitation and Apocalypse, and the Resurrection

I have had zombies on the brain recently. I am teaching a philosophy of zombies class this summer at a local college, and I have really enjoyed planning the class. Philosophers have long been fascinated with zombies because the zombie phenomenon tells us interesting things about the connection between our mind and body and about … Continue reading Zombies, Imitation and Apocalypse, and the Resurrection