Author: jlwalker

  • The Illusion of Free Will

    Blue or red pill

    Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills. Arthur Schopenhauer On The Freedom Of The Will (1839) What is free will? According to Wikipedia, “free will is the capacity of agents to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded.” In other words, it is the ability to have acted differently. We chose chocolate when we […]

  • Is Morality Objective?

    David Hume

    When speaking of the possibility of an objective morality, most people want to be able to say that certain practices are right or wrong regardless of the mere opinion of one individual or another. Many people think that, without god, we are bound to moral relativism, in that there is no objective moral standard by […]

  • Schopenhauer on Happiness

    Arthur Schopenhauer

    Happiness consists in a frequent repetition of pleasure. The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer: the Wisdom of Life comprise Schopenhauer’s reflections on “how to lead a happy existence” — one which “would be decidedly preferable to non-existence; implying that we should cling to it for its own sake, and not merely from the fear of death.” […]

  • Antinatalism or: Is It Wrong To Have Children?

    Antinatalism is the idea that is it morally wrong to bring new sentient life into being, because of the inevitable suffering it is bound to endure. One of the main proponents of this view is David Benatar, author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence. Benatar suggests that there is […]