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We say we want children to grow to be self-reliant, creative problem-solving adults. But in schooling kids, do we follow through on that? Do schools teach independence of mind and action or do students learn compliance? Do students learn that life is about solving new problems or are they instructed that authorities have the answers? Do students learn experimentalism and that success typically comes after much failure or do they learn that failure is a source of shame? Does our education system stunt kid’s potential?

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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
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Nietzsche and the Nazis
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About the Author: Stephen R.C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, USA, and author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, and “What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Life,” published in The Wall Street Journal. His full 15-lecture Philosophy of Education course is viewable free online at YouTube.

The impact from the development of automation and artificial intelligence technologies will be significant and perhaps more significant than any previous technological revolutions. What are the business and economic impacts of these evolving technologies? What will be their impact on our work lives? Will they free humanity, enslave us all or perhaps there is another outcome to consider?

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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
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Nietzsche and the Nazis
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Let me tell you a little bed time story. A story that involves humans and gods and present a human philosophical question dating back a few thousand of years ago. The story or Arachne and Athena.

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Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
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One the great moral achievements of history is the near-elimination of slavery. In contrast to popular narratives, west and east African kingdoms practiced slavery extensively, both for internal purposes and for external sale to Arabs, who for centuries had transported African slaves to Asia and Europe. East and south Asians had also practiced slavery extensively for millennia. Native Americans also had slaves and other forms of forced labor.

How then did humanity evolve to understand that slavery is abhorrent and should be outlawed for the good of humanity. Who if anyone can claim credit for this monumental achievement?

Within Europe, slavery existed but had mostly been abolished, though forms of serfdom and indentured servitude remained.

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The standard conception of God that is offered to us by theists suggest there are three major features of interest: God is said to be omnipotent or all-powerful, omnis­cient or all-knowing, and omnibenevolent or all-good. However, if the God who created the world is supposed to be all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good, why did he create a world in which so much evil exists? And not only why did he create a world with so much evil in it, why did he create a world with any evil in it at all? An all-powerful, all-knowing, completely good creator of the universe would not have created an imperfect world with evil in it or would he?

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Thomas Kuhn was professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a classic in the history and philosophy of science. Still relevant to our philosophical and cultural debates over science, for Kuhn challenges claims that science is or can be an objective process based upon observational facts that makes progress toward truth.

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Source:
A.J. Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic (1936).
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Second Edition, University of Chicago Press, 1962/1970.
Karl Popper. The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934).
W. V. O. Quine, “Two Dogmas of Empiricism” (1951).
Moritz Schlick, “Meaning and Verification.” Philosophical Review 45 (4):339-369 (1936).

Do the gods exist? As mature and more sophisticated reasoned arguments for and against the idea of god have evolved, we can evaluate eighteen possible arguments, about seven are interesting. Argumentation about the natural world: time, causation, morality, beauty, logic, mathematical precision, and so on. Can they be explained in self-sufficient natural way or only by going beyond the natural?

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In contemporary times, most socialists have shifted away from overtly dictatorial socialism. Among the younger, there is some level of awareness of its terrible history but they still think of it as an ideal to be striven for despite obvious concerns.

What are the aims of democratic socialist, what do they wish to achieve and how will they achieve their goals? Should socialism be Monarchical, Aristocratic, or Democratic? Who should have power over you: one person? An elite group? The majority?

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Conor Friedersdorf, “Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities.” Nothing better protects victims of bigotry than a system where they can pursue their needs and wants outside the realm of popular control. The Atlantic, August 9, 2018.
Stephen Hicks, “Eight Socialists Define Socialism.” Open College, 2020.
Stephen Hicks, “Socialism: Impractical & Immoral.” Interviewed by Elizabeth Hayes for SFL, 2018.
Stephen Hicks, “Violent Politics—the Lesson of Marxist Philosophy.” Open College, 2018.
Stephen Hicks, “Your Sex Life under Socialism.” Open College, 2018.
Robert Nozick, “A Tale of the Slave,” Anarchy, State, and Utopia, 1974.
Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966.  
Woodrow Wilson, “Socialism and Democracy,” 1887.

We have all heard that in polite company we should not discuss sex, politics, business, or religion. Those topics are too troublesome, so we should stick to safer topics?

To be human is to grapple with the big questions and the crucial values of life. We must decide and we all need to make up our minds what our lives will be about.

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Who are the most important socialist intellectuals and politicians in history? We here offer quotations from eight prominent socialists, representing a wide geographical and temporal range. The quotations illustrate the author’s motivation for advocating socialism, the actions necessary to bring about socialism, and/or the expected results of socialism. What common characteristics best define socialism?

Intellectuals: like Karl Marx (Germany), Henri de Saint-Simon (France), Robert Heilbroner (USA), Michael Harrington (USA).

Politicians: Vladimir Lenin (Russia), Mao Zedong (China), Clement Atlee (Britain), Jawaharlal Nehru (India).

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On December 30th 2019, the YouTube channel Prager University released a video narrated by bible scholar and political theorist Yoram Hazony discussing the Enlightenment. Hazony makes eight major claims about the Enlightenment and while there are some thoughtful arguments against the Enlightenment, Hazony has not made them. In this episode of Open College, Dr. Hicks points out the flaws in Hazony’s augments and shows why this video is an example of special-pleading history.

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We all know the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Or do we? At least 20 movie versions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol have been produced, along with innumerable stage plays and live reading. Who was Ebenezer Scrooge? Was his character the Villain according to Socialism, the Homo Economicus and Savvy Investor, the hero of the Anti-Over-Commercialized-Christmas crowd?

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William James was a leading American philosopher who lived at the turn of the 20th century. In his essay the Moral Equivalent of War, James describes himself as a socialist and pacifist and is disgusted with the human history of war and is looking for a solution. This essay, while thoughtful and well argued is to my mind, highly objectionable. Here is why.

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The standard claim is that philosophy begins with Thales. Why did philosophy come into being in a clusters of cities on the coasts of Asia minor? Ascribed to Thales by Aristotle: “The first principle and basic nature of all things is water, ”and “All things are full of gods.” Why do historians of philosophy get worked up over these lines?

To see their significance, let’s set a context by going back to the worldview of the awesomely great Homer. So brush up on The Iliad, which I want to use as our pre-philosophy-worldview contrast object.

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Lord Acton said, “absolute power corrupts absolutely” but is this accurate? Abuses of social and political power are the ones we worry about the most. Social science data does seem too, on the surface, bare out Lord Acton’s claims. However, if you correlate the degrees of corruption with degrees of centralization the data suggests things are not quite so simple.

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Professor Jordan B. Peterson is perhaps most famous for the neo-Marxist label “Postmodern Neo-Marxism.” Although Dr. Peterson recommends Explaining Postmodernism by Dr. Hicks, their analysis on this issue differs in some important ways.

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As a contributing factor, coffee (and tea) certainly gets credit on physiological grounds. Also contributing was the development of European coffee house culture, the coffee houses bringing businessmen, artists, and scientists together for drinking and socializing.

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Extreme cases always test our commitment to a free society. A free society depends on our general confidence in the power of reason, that people have intelligence and good judgment enough to handle the cognitive demands of living freely.

Yet now our current concerns with social unrest, triggers, and inflammatory language and images has led some social-media giants curating speech. Some history teachers have found their online course lessons on German history blocked because they contain archival footage of Hitler giving a speech or a Nazi parade. Thus the censorship debate has now become main stream.

We must decide as a society, should dangerous ideas always be allowed so that they can be confronted openly? Is sunlight the best disinfectant?

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Sex Dolls, Artificial Intelligence, and the Real Thing. Newly-engineered materials and robotics have made the physical experiences closer to the real thing, and artificial intelligence has enabled robots to respond verbally and non-verbally more realistically. let's set aside the politics and focus on the ethics: Is sex with robots a good thing? a bad thing?

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This is an excerpt from a conversation between Dr. Hicks and Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, recorded on March 27, 2019 on the Jordan B. Peterson podcast. Dr. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. In this episode, the professors discuss the origins of Explaining Post Modernism, its acceptance and increased awareness amongst the philosophers and the origins of criticisms. The professors agree to continue the discussion further as the seeds of a new enlightenments may be upon us.

To listen to the full interview visit the Jordan B. Peterson podcast RSS feed at www.JordanBPeterson.com

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Stephen Ronald Craig Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher. He teaches at Rockford University, where he also directs the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

Hicks earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours, 1981) and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Guelph, and his Doctor of Philosophy (1991) from Indiana University Bloomington. His doctoral thesis was a defense of foundationalism.[1]

Hicks is the author of five books and a documentary. Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy, 2004) argues that postmodernism is best understood as a rhetorical strategy of intellectuals and academics on the far-left of the political spectrum developed in reaction to the failure of anarchism, socialism and communism.[2]

Hicks' documentary and book, Nietzsche and the Nazis, is an examination of the ideological and philosophical roots of National Socialism, particularly how Friedrich Nietzsche's ideas were used, and in some cases misused, by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to justify their beliefs and practices.[3] This was released in 2006 as a video documentary[4] and then in 2010 as a book.[5]

Additionally, Hicks has published articles and essays on a range of subjects, including entrepreneurism,[6] free speech in academia,[7] the history and development of modern art,[8][9] Ayn Rand's Objectivism,[10] business ethics[11] and the philosophy of education, including a series of YouTube lectures.[12]