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Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, Illinois. He has had visiting positions at Oxford University (England), Kasimir the Great University (Poland), and has lectured at universities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He specializes in modern European philosophy and politics, and has written extensively on Kant, Marx, including his two books, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault and Nietzsche and the Nazis.

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Dr. Stephen R.C. Hicks is a Canadian-American philosopher who teaches at Rockford University, Illinois. He has had visiting positions at Oxford University (England), Kasimir the Great University (Poland), and has lectured at universities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He specializes in modern European philosophy and politics, and has written extensively on Kant, Marx, including his two books, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault and Nietzsche and the Nazis.

    EP #48 | Schooling to Develop or Stunt Kids’ Potential?

    EP #48 | Schooling to Develop or Stunt Kids’ Potential?

    We say we want children to grow to be self-reliant, creative problem-solving adults. But in schooling kids, do we follow through on that? Do schools teach independence of mind and action or do students learn compliance? Do students learn that life is about solving new problems or are they instructed that authorities have the answers? Do students learn experimentalism and that success typically comes after much failure or do they learn that failure is a source of shame? Does our education system stunt kid’s potential?

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    Stephen Hicks Books:
    Liberalism: Pro & Con
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    Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
    https://www.amazon.ca/Explaining-Postmodernism-Skepticism-Socialism-Rousseau-ebook/dp/B005D53DG0/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=stephen+hicks&qid=1606248873&sr=8-1

    Nietzsche and the Nazis
    https://www.amazon.ca/Nietzsche-Nazis-Stephen-R-C-Hicks-ebook/dp/B003XVYHRU/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=stephen+hicks&qid=1606248873&sr=8-2

    Pocket Guide to Postmodernism
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    About the Author: Stephen R.C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, USA, and author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, and “What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Life,” published in The Wall Street Journal. His full 15-lecture Philosophy of Education course is viewable free online at YouTube.

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    EP #47 | The Robots Will Free Us

    EP #47 | The Robots Will Free Us

    The impact from the development of automation and artificial intelligence technologies will be significant and perhaps more significant than any previous technological revolutions. What are the business and economic impacts of these evolving technologies? What will be their impact on our work lives? Will they free humanity, enslave us all or perhaps there is another outcome to consider?

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    Liberalism: Pro & Con
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    Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
    https://www.amazon.ca/Explaining-Postmodernism-Skepticism-Socialism-Rousseau-ebook/dp/B005D53DG0/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=stephen+hicks&qid=1606248873&sr=8-1

    Nietzsche and the Nazis
    https://www.amazon.ca/Nietzsche-Nazis-Stephen-R-C-Hicks-ebook/dp/B003XVYHRU/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=stephen+hicks&qid=1606248873&sr=8-2

    Pocket Guide to Postmodernism
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    Sources:
    Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, The Future Is Faster than You Think. 2020.
    Genesis 3:17 and God’s punishing Adam: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’  cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground”.
     John Maynard Keynes. “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren.” Essays in Persuasion, New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1963, pp. 358-373.
    Douglas Rushkoff, Team Human. 2019.
    John Tamny, The End of Work. 2018.
    Thimonnier and the riot. See also pp. 55-8 of Ruth Brandon's A Capitalist Romance: Singer & the Sewing Machine).

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    EP #46 | Arachne vs. Athena - Moral Philosophy Begins

    EP #46 | Arachne vs. Athena - Moral Philosophy Begins

    Let me tell you a little bed time story. A story that involves humans and gods and present a human philosophical question dating back a few thousand of years ago. The story or Arachne and Athena.

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    Stephen Hicks Books:
    Liberalism: Pro & Con
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    Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
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    Nietzsche and the Nazis
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    EP #45 | Slavery’s Greatest Enemies

    EP #45 | Slavery’s Greatest Enemies

    One the great moral achievements of history is the near-elimination of slavery. In contrast to popular narratives, west and east African kingdoms practiced slavery extensively, both for internal purposes and for external sale to Arabs, who for centuries had transported African slaves to Asia and Europe. East and south Asians had also practiced slavery extensively for millennia. Native Americans also had slaves and other forms of forced labor.

    How then did humanity evolve to understand that slavery is abhorrent and should be outlawed for the good of humanity. Who if anyone can claim credit for this monumental achievement?

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    EP #44 | Ayn Rand’s Critique of Nietzsche’s Ethics

    EP #44 | Ayn Rand’s Critique of Nietzsche’s Ethics

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    Related:Journal article: “Egoism in Nietzsche and Rand” [pdf] and Professor Lester Hunt’s rejoinder [pdf].Book: Nietzsche and the Nazis.Blog post: Nietzsche as public choice theorist.

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    EP #43 | Nietzsche’s Natural Slaves and Masters

    EP #43 | Nietzsche’s Natural Slaves and Masters

    Where does morality come from? Are moral codes conscious formulations of one’s needs and interests? Nietzsche is one of the great critics of human psychology asserting that we have a widespread weakness and asks what are the origins of this widespread weakness? Should we all in contrast "Live dangerously?" How does Nietzsche’s scorn for Plato, Christians, Kant and the welfare state intersect with the two main audiences his work attracts? Dr. Hicks critiques these and many other questions surrounding Nietzsche philosophy on slave morality and altruism.

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Stephen Hicks is able to articulate a fascinating and insightful level of knowledge.
This is great for someone (like me) that just not have a good feeling about what is going on, Thank you,

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First time listener. Fascinating. Mind bending ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This guy, Dr. Hicks, is another true public intellectual. Great synthesis of complex philosophy into 30 minute lecture format!

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