Philosophy

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. In this [...]

American Liberty

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. In [...]

Hermeneutical Interpretation and Techniques

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. Some [...]

Part of my college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or sources. The [...]

Ancient vs. Modern Political Thought

First installment in my new college essays series: This is one of the essays I wrote during the political theory general exam for my PhD. The exam was an approximately 15-hour marathon session, involving 6 out of 12 essay questions, for a final total of 33 double-spaced pages written without access to any notes or [...]

College Essays Series

I wrote a ton of essays in college, both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. My degrees are in political science, philosophy, and history, after all. They range in length from one single-spaced page to five double-spaced pages and beyond. I’m going to start putting some of these online as part of a [...]

The Randian Argument Against God

I found this brief restatement of what I take to be Ayn Rand’s epistemological argument against God in my files. I had jotted it down years ago  in college. Existents have identity.                                               [...]

Human, All Too Human: A Poem

I wrote this in a strong, rebellious Nietzsche phase in Nov. 1999: Human, All Too Human What beast is Man! Cruel and mean-spirited Conformity is the master plan Individuality has faded To be different is to be outcast Mindlessly follow the herd mentality The disease spreads fast Don’t deviate from the herd morality! No one [...]

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