Philosophy

Philosophy articles feature reflection and analysis about public life, values, ethics, and morals.

All philosophy articles at Brownstone Institute are translated into multiple languages.

  • All
  • Censorship
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Government
  • History
  • Law
  • Masks
  • Media
  • Pharma
  • Philosophy
  • Policy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Society
  • Technology
  • Vaccines
A View of Kant from the East

A View of Kant from the East

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

Kant literally changed the way we think about ourselves; what Copernicus achieved for astronomy – altering the assumptions of the place of planet Earth in what we now understand as our solar system – Kant did for philosophy, which is why he thought of himself as bringing about a Copernican revolution in philosophy. In brief: Kant demonstrated, with thorough argumentation, that instead of humans experiencing the world ‘passively’ by merely registering on their senses the impressions of external ‘reality,’ we actually contribute to the way the world appears to us.

A View of Kant from the East Read More

Ancient Political Advice for Today's Rulers

Ancient Political Advice for Today’s Rulers

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

Psy-ops employ a diversity of psychological strategies and techniques to exercise influence over the feelings, thoughts, and behaviour of a selected group, with the obvious goal of persuading the people comprising the latter, usually via various modes of deception, to act in a desired manner. If this sounds familiar, don’t be surprised. It has been carried out on the populations of the world’s countries since at least 2020, and arguably for much longer.

Ancient Political Advice for Today’s Rulers Read More

False Knowledge is Our Fool's Gold

False Knowledge is Our Fool’s Gold

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

Many others, including Brownstone writers, have met with far worse treatment than that, including threats, insults, punishments, and the loss of jobs for sharing helpful information. Understandably, it is hard to admit that one has been ignorant or duped. However, the acquisition and propagation of real knowledge is immensely preferable to a pandemic of ignorance, especially when the ignorance may have very dire consequences.

False Knowledge is Our Fool’s Gold Read More

The Four Sins of 'Thawteffery'

The Four Sins of ‘Thawteffery’

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

Thawteffery is the wicked management of thought, election-to-election, by wicked people for wicked purposes. I speak of the wicked as forming “the junta,” even though the conspiracy may be rather spontaneous. We are talking about some amalgam of a wicked faction, the Deep State, the administrative state, the swamp, the blob, and so on. It has become clear that the CIA and other intel agencies, and the Left Pole, are central in the junta.

The Four Sins of ‘Thawteffery’ Read More

Renaissance Man Reborn

Renaissance Man Reborn

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

Specialization is often a deception. Years of training, education, and study easily ensnare the mind into an arrogance built on the precipice of expertise. However, without continued study of other areas in which one is merely an apprentice or a novice, the mind’s sleuthing abilities become dulled. Worse, because of the status an expert tends to hold, others will project that expertise onto areas the expert has no knowledge — even when the expert will directly contradict that idea.

Renaissance Man Reborn Read More

A Devil's New American Lexicon

A Devil’s New American Lexicon

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

In 1941, C.S. Lewis delivered The Screwtape Letters, in which Screwtape, a devil, mentored his nephew Wormwood on how to manage his patient, so as to serve their common spiritual master. Screwtape advised: “Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church.” “Do remember you are there to fuddle him.” Wormwood failed in the end and was eaten.

A Devil’s New American Lexicon Read More

The Bison Advantage

The Bison Advantage

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

How will you respond next time you face a moral challenge? Will you walk headfirst into the storm like the bison or turn and drift with it? Have you used the time over the last two years to figure out what matters most to you? What costs have you prepared yourself to be able to bear? Our future depends on what you do, what each of us does, with the little moments we have right now.

The Bison Advantage Read More

The WHO's Road to Totalitarianism

The WHO’s Road to Totalitarianism

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

In a nutshell, it means that this unelected organisation would have the authority to proclaim lockdowns and ‘medical (or health) emergencies,’ as well as mandatory ‘vaccinations’ at the whim of the WHO’s Director-General, reducing the freedom to traverse space freely to ironclad spatial confinement in one fell swoop. This is what ‘total terror’ would mean. It is my fervent hope that something can still be done to avert this imminent nightmare.

The WHO’s Road to Totalitarianism Read More

Hate the Bad, Love the Good

Hate the Bad, Love the Good

SHARE | PRINT | EMAIL

The enemies of humanity want us to prevent us from hating the bad and loving the good by making us afraid of being accused of hatred. In a world in crisis because our leaders are bad, our food is bad, our medicine and public health are bad, our schools are bad, our broken families are bad, our entertainment and music is bad, our infrastructure is bad, inflation is bad, and even the adjudication of dangerous and violent criminals in our major cities is bad, silence and self-censorship become a most dangerous refusal to love the good, to love neighbor, and ultimately to love God.

Hate the Bad, Love the Good Read More

Stay Informed with Brownstone Institute