Functional Philosophy

Sinopse

Functional Philosophy is the podcast that helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness.Come to better understand the world through clarifying presentations of philosophical issues that affect your life, learn timeless lessons from the history of philosophy, hear discussions with interesting guests of varied backgrounds and philosophical premises, and have your questions answered each week on the show, all from the perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.

Episódios

  • #116: (1) The Limits of Debt (2) Sexual Preference

    #116: (1) The Limits of Debt (2) Sexual Preference

    16/07/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:48 - "I recently saw a news headline about 'Illegal Gambling' and it made me wonder what the Objectivist position should be. Obviously in the context of a free society, gambling should be fully legal in general. But could there be specific issues the government should regulate against? For example, if someone bets and loses a huge sum, say $1 million and would lose everything if they paid - I assume this would not be a valid contract the government could enforce. So would the existence of these kinds of bad outcomes create a need to regulate? Or would it be simply that case law would effectively set the limits of which gambling debts could be collected or not?" 09:29 - "Do preferences come from our values? If yes, does this apply to our sexual preference and does that make it a choice? If it does not apply to our sexual preference, why not? It seems that most people take it as self-evident that sexual preference is not a choi

  • #115: Moral Judgment of the Subconscious

    #115: Moral Judgment of the Subconscious

    14/07/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following question: 00:48 - "Should a competent (that is, not mentally retarded or mentally hindered in some significant way) adult be held equally culpable for both their conscious premises and those they hold implicitly? I’m referring specifically to those most fundamental to a person’s philosophy, such as free will, benevolent vs. malevolent universe premise, and whether they hold the cardinal virtues to be moral or immoral. I feel as though evasion is the only way one can refrain from consciously considering these most important issues, and it also requires evasion and/or dishonesty to consciously adopt morally abhorrent premises. Is this correct, or am I missing something?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its applicat

  • #114: Rationality  the Market

    #114: Rationality & the Market

    12/07/2019 Duração: 18min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following question: 00:48 - "Given that using reason is a choice, which is not guaranteed to be made by everyone, is it not valid to consider irrational behaviour in economic models?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #113: Updates

    #113: Updates

    11/07/2019 Duração: 42min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I cover some recent events and share some updates on everything I'm doing. *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #112: Objectivism  Humor (Part 3)

    #112: Objectivism & Humor (Part 3)

    19/06/2019 Duração: 15min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "What do you think of Rucka's work in parody rap, especially the song 'Am I Gay?'" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #111: Objectivism  Humor (Part 2)

    #111: Objectivism & Humor (Part 2)

    12/06/2019 Duração: 21min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "Ayn Rand wrote, 'To laugh at the contemptible, is a virtue; to laugh at the good, is a hideous vice.' ...Men bond by teasing each other, sometimes quite brutally. I noticed Rucka even teased you slightly in your chats with him, though I did not notice you teasing Rucka. Men seem to build affection for one another through teasing, yet this sparks laughter at oneself. As the self is the ultimate good, how does laughing at oneself jibe with Rand's theory of humor? I understand some of the teasing can be about minor, trivial personal perks. Sometimes it can be more probing and personal, teasing a friend over something they hold dear. For instance, were you and I friends I might joke, 'Look at me, I'm Charles, I'm gonna stay in and read philosophy rather than hang with friends.' Obviously your interest and love of philosophy is a good, yet we both might laugh. Is such laughter and teasing evil? If not, is Rand w

  • #110: Objectivism  Humor (Part 1)

    #110: Objectivism & Humor (Part 1)

    03/06/2019 Duração: 14min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "Can you explain the role of comedy in an objectivist society? Both its purpose and the topics it should revolve around." *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #109: (1) Hormones for Trans Children (2) The Ethics of Eating Meat

    #109: (1) Hormones for Trans Children (2) The Ethics of Eating Meat

    27/05/2019 Duração: 17min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "In recent years, I've heard quite a lot of news about hormonal and surgical treatment given to children with gender dysphoria. While I acknowledge that these are not something that one should be prevented from undergoing as an adult, I can't justify such options being available to a child. To what extent should the state restrict parents from harming their children?" 09:07 - "Under what conditions would you say that harming an animal is a decent thing to do, and why? (in the context of diet)" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon

  • #108: The Nature of Evil

    #108: The Nature of Evil

    24/05/2019 Duração: 22min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "Is nihilism more immoral than evasion? Is nihilism a form of evasion itself?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #107: (1) Private Lawyers (2) Philosophy vs. Psychology (3) Shrugging

    #107: (1) Private Lawyers (2) Philosophy vs. Psychology (3) Shrugging

    16/05/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "One primary function of the government is to treat all citizens equally under the law. How does an objectivist square this with lawyers for hire? Under a system where one can pay for legal counsel, those with more money hire more/better lawyers, while those without such money cannot, with this typically leading to different final outcomes." 08:12 - "What merits [psychology] to be a special branch of science, when philosophy is seemingly sufficient to explain the emotions and actions of people?" 12:42 - "[How can I] feel my selfish contributions to the world won't contribute to a society of [people] who I dislike?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance,

  • #106: (1) Theory vs. Application (2) Global Government

    #106: (1) Theory vs. Application (2) Global Government

    09/05/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "In an ideal objectivist world, how would the government deal with counterfeiting (physical property violation) and digital counterfeiting (copying and online piracy)?" 13:14 - "Yaron has previously indicated wanting to have multiple countries with different governing policies. If you assume that each was objectivist, how much room for difference laws would there be between said objectivist governments? Would a global objectivist UN be the best possible governing situation?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you develop the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew answer your questions on Ayn Rand's philosophy and its application to politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patr

  • #105: (1) Principles in Practical Politics (2) Should You Vote Libertarian? (3) Air Pollution

    #105: (1) Principles in Practical Politics (2) Should You Vote Libertarian? (3) Air Pollution

    29/04/2019 Duração: 21min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "Would an objectivist support a law that is a movement in the right direction from the current situation? Or would it be moral to only support a law that is consistent with an objective framework? For the second option, would the entire system need to be overhauled all at exactly the same time?" 11:22 - "Given our current political party choices in the U.S., Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian, are the Libertarians the best choice for an individual's rational self-interest? I get that most of the Libertarians are probably altruist just like Republicans and Democrats but at least they do not think it is the job of the Government to enforce altruism." 13:44 - "How can a solution be derived for air pollution? What if it were not a single company, but multiple companies releasing different toxic compounds into the air? What would be an objective way to find out the guilty party without relying on extraneous government agenc

  • #104: (1) Freedom  Fallibility (2) Concepts  Communication

    #104: (1) Freedom & Fallibility (2) Concepts & Communication

    22/04/2019 Duração: 14min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:39 - "How does an objectivist framework deal with ignorance? What if people don’t know the extent that sugary sodas or climate change would impact their life and therefore incorrectly evaluate their individual value? What if the global Illuminati have the best information and just make that judgement for everyone under the assumption of ignorance?" 07:44 - "You use words defined in one way, while others use same words with different meaning. What is the best strategy to communicate then? Better to redefine words or create new words and avoid previously held connotations? Is there a general objectivist Communication strategy?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear philosopher Charles Tew, an expert on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, answer your questions on philosophy, pol

  • #103: Volunteering for War  Acting on Principle

    #103: Volunteering for War & Acting on Principle

    19/04/2019 Duração: 22min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:39 - "Is being in the military altruistic? How would an objectivist government simultaneously have national defense and enforcement of property rights? Would it be strictly voluntary?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear philosopher Charles Tew, an expert on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, answer your questions on philosophy, politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/charlestew Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/charlestew

  • #102: (1) Video Games (2) Contextualizing vs. Rationalizing (3) Evil Geniuses

    #102: (1) Video Games (2) Contextualizing vs. Rationalizing (3) Evil Geniuses

    08/04/2019 Duração: 17min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "My first question is merely, how would you define video games? I understand that they are a form of recreation that test your visual-motor and logical skills, but would it be wrong to consider modern RPG's as being or having aspects of art. For instance, games like Skyrim or Diablo have a large story element that immerses the player in a recreation of reality, often with a strong theme. The reason this question is on my mind is closely tied to my second question. Is there value to video game streaming as a hobby or profession and how would one define that value? I have recently created a twitch and started to stream in my free time and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Is this a waste of productive energy or a useful value? Could this be a valid career for a rational person?" 07:50 - "How does one avoid using contextual issues as a justification for evading principles? For example, I could argue that affirmative action for blac

  • #101: (1) Musical Taste (2) Is Equality Good? (3) Why Do Artists Lean Left?

    #101: (1) Musical Taste (2) Is Equality Good? (3) Why Do Artists Lean Left?

    05/04/2019 Duração: 20min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "How much attention should one pay to Rands opinions/thoughts on music? I predominantly listen to hip-hop and wasn't very happy to find that Rand considers me a psycho-epistemological savage, since that is what she called people that enjoy drum heavy music in The Romantic Manifesto." 07:52 - "Why do you despise the concept of equal opportunity? I understand that the governments attempts to force it onto us often result in destruction, and the opposite effect, but if it were to occur in a just and natural manner wouldn't it be a good thing?" 13:49 - "One of my favorite things to do is art (writing fiction and poetry specifically) and I notice that many contemporary artists of all kinds tend to be extremely progressive politicly, clinging to SJW style identity politics, a hatred of capitalism and moral relativism. Is there any reason that this particular flawed mindset would appeal to an artist specifically?" *** Functional

  • #100: (1) Women in the Workforce (2) TV Shows (3) Ayn Rand  Her Times

    #100: (1) Women in the Workforce (2) TV Shows (3) Ayn Rand & Her Times

    25/03/2019 Duração: 39min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 11:13 - "What is your opinion on housewives? Gavin [McInnes] likes to say that 5% of women should be in the workforce and the rest would be happier at home. Do you agree with this sentiment to some extent?" 19:21 - "Besides Dragon Ball, what are some shows that you love and think other people should watch?" 32:38 - "Are there any opinions Rand had that can be discarded due to the times she lived in? I noticed that you spoke about transsexualism in a much more benevolent way than Rand seemed to speak about homosexuals." *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. Subscribe to hear philosopher Charles Tew, an expert on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, answer your questions on philosophy, politics, career, romance, and more. New episodes on Mondays. Website: https://www.charlestew.com YouTube: https

  • #99: (1) Thoughts  Feelings (2) Handling Emotions (3) Free Speech  Cultural Prospects

    #99: (1) Thoughts & Feelings (2) Handling Emotions (3) Free Speech & Cultural Prospects

    20/03/2019 Duração: 35min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "'A perfect, clear understanding also means a feeling. It isn’t enough to realize a thing is true. The realization must be so clear that one feels this truth. For men act on feelings, not on thoughts. Every thought should be part of yourself, your body, your nature, and every part of your nature should be a thought. Every feeling – a thought, every thought – a feeling.' [— Ayn Rand, in her journals] What I take this to mean, is that it is a germ of Rand’s more fully developed concept that ideally man is an integrated being of thought, feeling and action – in fact, that a healthy human being experiences no contradiction between his thoughts, his emotions and his actions. Further, I take from this, that though it is one’s volitional consciousness that selects one’s goals and purposes and one’s direction, it is one’s emotions (hopefully one’s passions), that fuel the actions one takes to achieve one’s purposes. If our pr

  • #98: (1) Happiness  Survival (2) Audiobooks vs. Text (3) Altruism  Child Abuse

    #98: (1) Happiness & Survival (2) Audiobooks vs. Text (3) Altruism & Child Abuse

    13/03/2019 Duração: 07min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 01:14 - "I know people who went there entire lives narcissistic, irrational and unhappy. Does this mean happiness is not essential for survival?" 02:29 - "The vast majority of Ayn Rand's books have an audio version, whether digital or on CD. However, why has there never been an audio version made for Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology?" 03:50 - "My question is, what, if any, connection is there between altruism and child abuse? Do you think that there is one, and if so could you help make this connection explicit for me? Can it be a coincidence that the most altruistic institutions in the world, those such as the Catholic Church, harbour so many paedophiles? In the UK, we have seen many instances of the mass rape of young girls by organised Muslim gangs, (another belief system built on an altruistic morality), is this connection just coincidental? Or an example of correlation but not causation? I would be grateful to hear yo

  • #97: (1) Harassment as Force (2) Who’s Responsible for a Child (3) Evasion  Religion

    #97: (1) Harassment as Force (2) Who’s Responsible for a Child (3) Evasion & Religion

    06/03/2019 Duração: 19min

    In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions: 00:38 - "In a recent episode of your podcast you indicated that harassing phone calls are physical force because there are actual particles used to carry the harassing information. This doesn't make any sense to me. Could you elaborate on what non-physical force is since all information must reach another person by physical means? It seems somewhat rationalistic to call harassment over a phone physical just because it involves physical entities; as anything between two people would have to do." 02:03 - "I disagree completely regarding responsibility for a conceived child. If you cause a child to be brought into the world then you are responsible for it." 07:44 - "Could you please define “evasion”, and is it possible for someone to be religious through honest errors or only as a result of evasion?" *** Functional Philosophy is the weekly Q&A podcast that helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to ach

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