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Nietzsche and Schopenhauer on Cruelty

Humans have the ability to do truly horrendous things. When animals hurt each other, we can think of reasons why they do it. To protect their nest, or to hunt. But never do we think that they do it on purpose just to see the other being suffer. That it seems to be something only […]

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Simone De Beauvoir and Existentialism

Simone de Beauvoir is mostly remembered as one of the greatest feminist intellectuals this world has ever seen. But she was also one of the leading French Existentialists with Sartre and Camus. Where Sartre tried to create an ontology for existentialism and gave the groundworks for an ethical theory, de Beauvoir took it upon herself […]

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The Optimism of Responsibility

Often when we hear the word responsibility, a sigh might occur shortly afterwards. We have enough responsibilities, why do we need another one? Maybe we don’t want to be responsible for some things. Not the existentialist. The existentialist sees responsibility as a core of human beings. Responsibility is intrinsically connected with the realm of morality. […]

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Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income, or UBI for short, brings forth the idea that every person who reaches adulthood gets a certain amount of money each month or year, regardless of which class, gender, race, etc. you are from. The amount can be speculated about, but it should cover the basic needs of every person. As the […]

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The Japanese Holocaust; or Modern Negationism

We all know about the horrific events which happened during the second World War. We all know the name Hitler and what it meant. Nazi is still a widely used insult towards racist individuals (or those we deem racist). It is hard to imagine how anyone could say that the holocaust, where Nazi-Germany rounded up […]

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Is Jordan Peterson Still Relevant?

Jordan Peterson’s new book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life recently came out and while I haven’t yet read it, I thought it would be nice to return to his first 12 Rules book. Jordan Peterson is someone who has had a rough patch the last couple of years. After being in the spotlight […]

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Philosophy

Is God necessary for Objective Morality?

In a lot of societies there is the conception that religion deals with leading the moral life. Many religious people will claim that without God there can be no objective morality. In fact, many countries still use the divine commands of God in order to enforce their moral ideas, using the religious texts in order […]

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How to be Happy

Arthur Schopenhauer is famous for his pessimistic philosophy. He believed the world was hell and that being on this world was just utter suffering, mostly inflicted by human beings who acted as the devils of this hell. He asked himself the question if it wouldn’t just be better to kill yourself. He also didn’t believe […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Care About Grades

The title might surprise you. What? I shouldn’t care about grades? But those things influence how my life will be! If I have bad grades then I won’t be accepted into the school I want, or I won’t get the job I want. I believe that is thinking about education in a wrong way. Obviously, […]

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The Banality of Evil

The banality of evil is a saying that has been made famous by 20th century philosopher Hannah Arendt in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem. Ever since then it has been used by many people for their own purposes. But as with every term that gets thrown around loosely (like fascism for example), it is hard […]