Altruism vs. Second-handedness

August 24, 2014

“What are the relationships of and differences between altruism and second-handedness?” In answering this question, Craig Biddle clarifies the respective meaning of each concept, identifying one as a theory of morality and the other as a psychological malady, discussing their essential differences and similarities, and contrasting these concepts and relationships. . . Continue »

Libertarians Fiddle while Rome Burns

November 17, 2013

Suppose your city were on fire, buildings were ablaze, people were stuck in the buildings, and time was running out. And suppose the firefighters got busy—not manning fire trucks, fire hoses, and ladders—but inconclusively debating whether such tools exist. This, in effect, is what libertarians are doing as the Land. . . Continue »

Gaiman: “Live as Only You Can”

May 23, 2012

Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman comics and novels such as Stardust and Coraline, recently delivered the commencement address to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Though he tailored his advice for students of the arts, much of what he had to say applies to any field: If you have. . . Continue »