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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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More examination on Hegel's part of the elements or interconnected aspects of purposive or meaningful action in these paragraphs, concluding with a "vanishing of the vanishing". . . .

Still making some excellent progress through this section of the Phenomenology. . . .

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#MKE #Stoic Fellowship - our second meeting is tonight!

We'll discuss some of the key ideas from Epictetus' Enchiridion, chaps. 1-5 (a short but dense read).

If you're in the area, and want to discuss Stoic philosophy and its applications to life, relationships, career, etc. stop on in - Shorewood Public Library, 6 PM

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In my view, it makes good sense to a) enjoy some of what climate change does, b) miss the snow we ought to have on the ground at the present here in Wisconsin, c) be concerned about the overall system and its trends, and d) realize that while climate change sometimes works out all right for certain areas it is making things much tougher in others.

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I've started producing some new Core Concept videos - this time on a work that we often assign students (poor kids!) as an introduction to Aristotle's thought, but which often proves quite difficult for them - Aristotle's Categories

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There's still several places available for the NY Stoic Camp, coming up at the end of August.

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Interesting move. Note that Democrat applicants for positions (most of whom will likely be from out of state) could just change their party affiliation or register as "no party", which probably makes it easier to pass.

I'd suggest that if they're really looking for ideological diversity, they probably should look to more than just three categories - i.e. Democrat, Republican, and "no party".

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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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