How to understand the word “selfish,” yoga, and senses of “self” – Episode 17

One philosopher’s perspective on selfishness. The dictionary definition of “selfishness.” How to determine the right definition. Generic terms and subdivisions thereof (via adjectives). Selflessness. Judging selfishness/selflessness in the full context. Yoga, meditation, and selfishness. Senses of “self.” Using etymology (or word parts: “self” + “-ish”) to understand “selfish.” Stipulative/arbitrary meaning. ( 39 min. )

Staying in America vs. going back to China – Episode 13

Topics covered: The Chinese word for “selfish.” The Chinese attitude toward selfishness and the one-child policy. Staying in the U.S. vs. going back to China: Is one of those options selfish? Which would make you happiest—and would you choose that option? Are we missing a word? Can selfishness be a good thing? How should it be defined? ( 24 min. )

Religion, communism vs. capitalism, and much more – Episode 12

Topics covered: Is pursuing a career selfish? How to evaluate selfishness. Doing something to the detriment of others. Religion and selfishness. Nietzsche on Christianity. Mormonism. Individualism in America vs. Asia. The afterlife and selfishness. Immanuel Kant. Ayn Rand. Communism vs. capitalism and different senses of equality. Self-interest and market forces. Government programs and taxation/force. Democracy, Socrates, and majority rule. Climate change and majority opinion. Self-interest and global warming. Martyrdom and self-interest. ( 1 hr. 26 min. )