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“Not only does religion offer us an immateriality allegedly shared by God and his heavenly hosts, it also offers us cosmic mattering, and it doesn’t get any bigger than that.”
The Mattering Instinct: Religion, Humanism, and the Roots of Ideological Derangement
“How, one might ask, can humanism compete with worldviews that exploit the power of myth?”
The Meaning and Legacy of Humanism: A Sharp Challenge from a Potential Ally
Humanist philosopher Andy Norman challenges superstar intellectual Yuval Noah Harari about the meaning of humanism.
Saddle Up, Progressives!
Happy Women’s History Month to all of us. Let me just give you one historical fact: we all know about Paul Revere, but I bet you don’t know about the Ludington sisters. Paul Revere rode his horse through Boston, but the Ludington sisters covered the entire damn state of Connecticut, and no one wrote a …
Subjection and Escape; An American Woman’s Muslim Journey (Part 1)
On Monday, the eleventh of February, 2002, I apprehensively stepped through the doors of the local mosque to recite the profession of faith that would make me a Muslim. I was a ver y shy, naïve, young American woman with absolutely no direct personal experience of Islam, and I had no idea about what to …
Plato’s Ancient Error Leads to Modern Tragedy
This was it: graduation day. Comet Hale-Bopp was 122 million miles away, the closest it would ever come to Earth. The people inside the house began executing “The Routine,” a well-rehearsed s et of instructions detailing how team members would help each other wash down barbiturate-laced applesauce with vodka. Despite the work in front of …
Subjection and Escape: An American woman’s Muslim journey, part 2
The alarm clock awakens me with its annoying buzz. Half-consciously, I smash down the snooze button. I peep out at the time: 5:32 A.M. I really must get up and shower. Then I can do my wudu’ (ritual ablutions) and pray before the time for fajr (the dawn prayer) expires at sunrise, which according to …
Feminism, Religion, and ‘Mattering’
My engagement in both the tough world of professional philosophy and the even-tougher world of literary fiction has afforded me an ideal vantage point for viewing the many subtle ways in which gender biases undermine women.
How Morality Has the Objectivity that Matters—Without God
Morality is neither objective nor subjective—it’s a practical enterprise enmeshed in human relationships. That gives it objectivity enough.
A Different Mattering-Theoretic Take on the Is-Ought Problem
“A science of right and wrong is on our doorstep. In fact, the concept of mattering brings it within reach.”