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Gregory B. Sadler
a philosopher by training, trade, and inclination -- president and founder of ReasonIO -- I make complex philosophical texts and thinkers accessible to everyone, anywhere
a philosopher by training, trade, and inclination -- president and founder of ReasonIO -- I make complex philosophical texts and thinkers accessible to everyone, anywhere

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Video #160 of the series - after about 3 years of work on the project!

I expect it's going to require about another two years to see it entirely through, but as it stands we've made it through the lengthy Preface, the Introduction, the Consciousness section, the Self-Consciousness section, and pretty soon, the massive Reason section. By April, I think we'll be moving into the equally lengthy Spirit section of the work!

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Based on my own experience with millennial students, I'd say that this piece - in its discussion of their current condition and attitudes - is pretty on-point. I've encountered some that do quite palpably project "entitlement" (and plenty of boomers like that as well!), but more often my assessment is that millennials are in a condition of what I'd call "resourcelessness" - they haven't been provided intellectual and practical resources (mostly skills and dispositions) that they could use in their current circumstances.

In many important respects, they're worse off - as far as opportunities, and as far as the costs of things go - than previous generations (which was also the case for gen-X by comparison to the boomers). This isn't to say that they should just be handed things or given a pass when they screw up - but what the older generations ought to be engaged in - in place of intergenerational complaining, or supporting policies that make matters still more difficult - is helping to better integrate that rising generation, steering them towards the education they missed out on, helping them develop some independence and leadership.

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Answers to one of my viewers, who asks a set of questions that a number of others have asked in the last several years. . . .

Just had to remove a set of rabidly anti-semitic comments left on one of my videos.

I never would have expected to get them, since I'm not Jewish - in fact, when I did genetic testing, the results were a white supremacist's wet dream (100% european, most of it British, Irish, French, and German, with a bit of Scandinavian). So, you almost couldn't pick a worse target for antisemitism.

But, it turns out that the family name my (adoptive) grandfather took, i.e. "Sadler" - to avoid the prejudice in America against Slavs at the time in the business world (his family name was Skufka) - is a common Jewish surname. My grandfather picked it because it "sounded English".

So every once in a while, I get some whackjob going after me for being Jewish, and weighing in with all sorts of slurs against "my people". This one went on to ask me why my forehead was so low and my features so grotesque, to malign Hannah Arendt and Voltaire, and to bring up the old racist chestnuts of the Jews controlling the publishing industry and not having any original thoughts.

I've got to say that the sheer irrationality of the sort of virulent bigotry you see in those sorts of comments is both disgusting and frightening. And if it comes across that way to someone who is targeted by mistake (me), how much worse is that sort of crap to someone who is actually being targeted for their race, or religion, or whatever else that person is being hated for? 

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Here's a very interesting read - likely to be provocative of thoughts in ways that the author (and the journalistic entity, i.e. The Atlantic) didn't have in mind. . . .

One of those on part is that both Facebook and conventional journalism would love to think they are important "for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all". I'd say both of them don't do particularly well at these. . .

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Another of the personal videos about my own development, commitments, and interests as a philosopher, this one focused on someone who I hope to do a good bit of writing about (and will be doing several talks on) this year.

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Well, this is a set of issues on which it would be great to see the two main parties (and their entire associated constellations of lobbyists, media, and industry groups) eventually coming together here in the US. Significant obstacles on the left, I'd say, and even bigger ones on the right. . . but either we do come to terms with climate change, or we're collectively screwed . . . 

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The latest piece in Stoicism Today - if you missed hearing Cinzia Arruzza at Stoicon, here is the presentation she made!

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Wow, this is rich (pun intended), coming from the people over at the New Yorker. Even setting aside real issues of what a "general strike" would look like in the current American economic system, or what it might possibly have as a legitimate goal, or what sort of extra hardships it would impose unequally on the lower strata of society as opposed to the wealthy and powerful . . . . the New Yorker posturing in this way is. . . well, what would be an apt analogy?

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Been working on Hegel-related stuff quite a bit today, including compiling lists of good online resources. Among them, I had to include a category of "funny stuff" - because I ran across this piece!
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