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June 24, 2012 - Women in Bikinis - Size 6 vs Size 12 - And who thought aesthetics wasn't fun?!

May 22, 2012 - Equality, Meritocracy and Desert - If it's unfair for two men of equal ability to work just as hard for unequal pay, and it's unfair for two equal men to be paid the same when one works twice as hard as the lazier one, then what is fairness or 'merit' when it comes to pay and wealth?

May 19, 2012 - The Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life in our Solar System - Once we discover life in our solar system, how will that change our view of the universe?

May 9, 2012 - Death of the Body versus Death of the Self - Pretty much everyone is so afraid of dying, but of what exactly are they afraid -- losing their body or their minds?

April 4, 2012 - Intentional non-defensive killing (i.e. "murder") - Do you always oppose it? - I define 'murder' as the non-defensive, intentional killing of another person, and I oppose it, no exceptions; do you?

December 29, 2011 - Abortion - Not as diametrically divisive as often thought? - The far pro-life and far pro-choice positions are strawman illusions. Everyone is in the middle and realizes no reasonable person can take the extreme of either side.

May 16, 2011 - Macro-Criminalization of Consensual Crimes - Following up on a previous article that provided the philosophical justification for small towns to enact strict and nationally or globally unpopular laws, this article moves on to the state-wide, national or even global scale on which the author argues for things to work the opposite: legalize all non-consensual crime.

July 23, 2010 - Can a roommate, condo community or town infringe freedom? - Is a town government really a government in a philosophically strict sense of the word? Are 5 friends voting on where to eat dinner together a democracy? What like the most disgusting, discriminatory or even Orwellian laws at the local level may be compatible with freedom.

March 7, 2010 - Special Feature: Elements of a Complete Logical Argument - A good, complete, logical argument that is to be rationally convincing generally has 4 elements: the premises, the sources, the logic and the conclusions.

Oct 21, 2009 - Special Feature: Ways to Lower Health Care Costs - Rather than just talk about shifting health care costs from one person to another, in this article I list the ideas that I support and that I believe would significantly lower overall health care costs.

July 26, 2009 - Special Feature: My Philosophical Look at Technology and Development by Scott Hughes - Will we destroy ourselves with technology? Will we all die in nuclear war? This article addresses the dangers of technology as it relates to social responsibility on the global scale.

June 15, 2009 - Special Feature: Abortion, The Right to Life, and Murder by Scott Hughes - This is an article calling for a more open-minded and philosophical approach to issues regarding the right to life, including issues like abortion, murder, the death penalty and eating animals.

May 2, 2009 - Public Health - A Gray Issue in Political Philosophy by Scott Hughes - This is an article about how public health and public safety issues are complicated by the fuzzy, gray line between freedom and self-defense.

May 8, 2008 - The Relationship between Business and Government by Scott Hughes - In this article, I basically contend that the mix of government and business is undesirable but that any government will be mixed and involved with business. Thus, the solution I propose is to reduce and eliminate government power.

April 22, 2008 - Causes of Self-Destructive Attempts at Toughness by Scott Hughes - In misguided attempts at toughness, many people foolishly engage in needless destructiveness including self-destructiveness.

April 2, 2008 - Is Selfishness Compatible with Kindness? by Scott Hughes - The self-interestedness supported by pro-selfishness philosophers does not necessarily conflict with the kindness supported by pro-selflessness philosophers.

March 25, 2008 - Special Feature: What Freedom Means to Me by Scott Hughes - The word freedom has little meaning if we do not have a common definition. In this article, I will explain my definition of freedom.

March 17, 2008 - A Philosophical Exploration of the Common Fear of Sexuality by Scott Hughes - why do the people in our society tend to have such negative feelings towards sexuality? Why do so many cultures throughout the globe fear and hate sex?

March 12, 2008 - Ad Hominem Arguments and Personal Attacks by Scott Hughes - An ad hominem argument consists of replying to a person's argument by merely attacking the character of the person making the argument. An ad hominem argument is also called a personal attack or an irrelevant insult.

March 6, 2008 - What Moral Claims Can Mean by Scott Hughes - What does it mean to call an action morally good or morally bad? Different people use those terms to mean very different things.

February 28, 2008 - Does Society Need Prisons? by Scott Hughes - Do prisons really protect people from violence and victimization, or do prisons just make matters worse?

February 20, 2008 - The Philosophy of Government Spending by Scott Hughes - Governments engage in many expensive endeavors that have little use or little effectiveness. Unfortunately, taxpayers have to foot the bill.

February 13, 2008 - A Philosophical Exploration Of Happiness by Scott Hughes - Most people can probably tell you whether or not they feel happy. Nonetheless, the idea of happiness becomes very complex and interesting when we look at it from a philosophical perspective.

January 25, 2008 - How To Learn About Philosophy by Scott Hughes - If philosophy interests you, you may want to study it and learn more about it. Let me suggest some ways to study philosophy.

January 22, 2008 - How To Have Productive Philosophical Conversations by Scott Hughes - When discussing complex topics such as philosophy, skillful conversation becomes even more important. This article contains some suggestions for how to have more productive philosophical discussions.

December 27, 2007 - The Clarity Of Amorality by Scott Hughes - We can more clearly express ourselves by specifying what we mean in secular and descriptive ways, rather than in general moral terms.

November 21, 2007 - Why We View The Self As We Do by Scott Hughes - Philosophy and psychology both often focus on the self, which generally refers to the source of unique consciousness in a unified being. In reality, the mind is not a unified being. The self is actually a construct of the mind and of society.

November 12, 2007 - Having Philosophical Discussions in Everyday Life by Scott Hughes - Even if you do not have a formal education in philosophy, you may want to have philosophical conversations with the people around you. You can have philosophical discussions in everyday life.

October 1, 2007 - Start Philosophizing by Scott Hughes - Maybe you have wondered whether philosophy is for you. You'll find that it's not that hard and that you are probably already interested in it.

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