Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Aug. 2, 2015)


  • The philosophy of jerks.  What is a jerk?  “the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic peers.”  The opposite of the jerk is the “sweetheart.”  Be careful you yourself don’t become a jerk.  As you climb the social ladder, you’re more likely to become a jerk.
  • Denmark states that animal rights come before religious practices.  They have banned kosher and halal slaughter.






  • Studying sociology helped one become liberal from libertarian.  Here’s why.
  • Why do most men cause gun shootings?  This sociological essay argues it’s because it threatens masculinity.

About shaunmiller

I have just completed a visiting position as an assistant professor at Dalhousie University. My ideas are not associated with my employer; they are expressions of my own thoughts and ideas. Some of them are just musings while others could be serious discussions that could turn into a bigger project. Besides philosophy, I enjoy martial arts (Kuk Sool Won), playing my violin, enjoying coffee around town, and experimenting with new food.
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