Author Archives: Steven Mazie

Dating Websites for Love-Seeking Philosophy Buffs

Ayn Rand devotees are now finding love connections at, but what is out there for philosophers whose tastes run less libertarian?  We need websites to fill the void.  For starters: (“Maximizing the romantic potential of the least desirable Americans … Continue reading

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Kant vs. drones

                An exchange on the Praxis blog at Big Think on how Kant would evaluate the Obama administration’s escalation of drone warfare: Last week’s post built a case against drones based on the categorical imperative.  Today’s essay argues that … Continue reading

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This Just In: Kant Endorses Obama

Yes, the metaphysician has wrangled a Twitter account from his home in the noumenal realm and is taking sides in today’s election. Tweet

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Is it Irrational to Vote?

A response at the Economist to Katherine Magnu-Ward’s argument in Reason against the rationality of voting. Tweet

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New Economist blog post: “How Much Equality Would You Like?”

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely recently argued in the Atlantic that “Americans want to live in a much more equal country (they just don’t realize it).” A new post in the Economist refutes Ariely’s conclusion by challenging his interpretation of survey … Continue reading

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Follow-up post at Big Think: “Why Failing the Rationality Quiz Shouldn’t Alarm You”

Recent best-selling books by cognitive psychologists point toward a thesis of human irrationality — a claim that hasn’t greeted with enough critical analysis by political philosophers. If you took the three-question quiz linked here last week, chances are you answered some … Continue reading

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New blog post at Big Think: “How Rational Are You? Try This Quiz”

Irony lurks in the surge of interest in cognitive psychologists’ research on human reasoning: we seem to be desperately interested in thinking about how poorly we think. Here’s a quiz to test your own powers of rationality, with some questions … Continue reading

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New political theory blog – PRAXIS

Announcing PRAXIS, a new blog at Big Think devoted to theory-informed political commentary on the issues of the day: Readers can subscribe to the blog here. To sign up for email alerts when new posts go up, send an … Continue reading

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Political Philosophy blog posts

Public Reason readers may be interested in two recent posts I contributed to the Experts’ Corner at Big Think: “The Contraceptive Clash: Not About Religious Rights” “Santorum is No JFK: A Closer Look at Kennedy’s Speech” – Steven Mazie  Tweet

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