Writings

A Common Human Nature

12 Jan 2007, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

The Human Genome project, admirable though it is, is not a practical guide to understanding who we are. Over thousands of years, humans have been trying to understand themselves and find ways to live a better life. We are now…

Philosophy and Contemporary Man

03 Nov 2006, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

Just as our bodies go through a process of maturation from infancy to adulthood, so do our minds; and as improper nutrition hinders the growth of our bodies, so does improper education hinders the growth of our minds. Under harmful…

The Home of Philosophy is Life

10 Oct 2006, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

Philosophical theories are like homes in many ways. We take shelter in them from life’s weather. Some are built on firm foundations; others have none at all. There is no point digging deep foundations for a summer night in the…

The new prophets

06 Jul 2006, Posted by Alexandros in Aphorisms

An aphorism about the fate of new prophets in contemporary times

Life has no brakes

10 May 2006, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

“Moral education” sounds like something contemporary teenagers would skip to go skateboarding. Why? Don’t they care about what is good for them? Of course they do. That is why they skipped class to go skateboarding! Contemporary teenagers are not corrupt!…

Active and Reactive

24 Dec 2005, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

There is a distinction that is found in Nietzsche, Spinoza, Fromm, Frankl. It is that between active and reactive. It is something like a way of being. The reactive personality has given up its freedom of choice and has become…

Perspectivism and Public Moralities

12 Dec 2005, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

Perhaps the origin of publicly proclaimed altruistic virtues and moralities originates in the herd nature of human beings. Who dares to preach putting their own interests above those of others in a group setting? A thief does not boast of…

Perspectivism and the Necessary Injustice of Values

12 Dec 2005, Posted by Alexandros in Writings

There are certain things that are so close to us that we rarely pay attention to them, and when we do we misinterpret them, like the bacteria living in our eyes that when we happen to notice them (yes, they…