Descartes, Bacon, and Chick Sexers

I know, I know. To repeat jokes isn’t very appropriate, and maybe even extremely boring.

But bear with me for a second.

The reason is this. When I was a child I wanted to be a stand-up comedian, but then I decided to study philosophy.

So I became the joke.

However, to be honest, — lest Kant gets angry at me — I have to admit that thanks to philosophy, I’ve learned one or two interesting anecdotes. Took me 10 years to, but very worth it, I promise.

For example, Descartes wasn’t a morning person. …

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This course is a brief introduction to philosophy. It surveys a variety of topics in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and existentialism through selected essays free of technical terminology. Discussions will mainly revolve around the following questions: can philosophy have practical uses in our everyday lives? Is it always irrational to hold a belief on insufficient evidence? Is it possible to act freely in a world governed by determinism? Is it absurd to continually seek meaning in life when there is none?

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History of Women Philosophers | Online Synchronous Course | 20 Spots | 8 pm Beirut time

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This course will start on Thursday, May 6, and will end on Thursday, May 27, 2021

4 weeks, once a week, 2 hrs per session.

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Learn how to make a living by teaching online in less than 2 hours

In June 2020 I decided to start teaching philosophy online. 10 months later I’ve now had +250 participants from +30 countries. How did I do that?

It all started when I quit my academic job in May 2020; I wrote about it here, explaining how I ended up becoming a freelancer.

A year ago I wouldn’t have thought I could be making a living from online courses. While the pandemic might have influenced a lot in the change of people’s mindset, paving the way for an ‘acceptance’ of online teaching, I think this is here to stay.

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Virtue theory proclaims that people ought to incorporate certain virtues, defined as excellent traits, as part of their characters by habituating themselves to the practice of such traits as honesty and courage, etc. The opposite of virtues are vices.

Proponents of the theory, including the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BC), suggest that, ideally, we need to do what is virtuous, and refrain from acting viciously. The assumption is that cultivating a good character is conducive to a society that functions in an orderly, harmonious, and cohesive manner. …

Synchronous Courses in the Marketplace by DecafQuest

My name is Mahmoud Rasmi. I quit my academic job to take philosophy back to the marketplace. I finished my Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Salamanca Spain. Between 2013 and 2020, I taught philosophy and cultural studies at the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University. Now, I have decided to venture into the virtual world in order to give affordable classes online to people who are interested in studying philosophy in a non-academic setting.

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I have found inspiration in classical and contemporary writings. Some of these include Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic

Because I can’t get fired without getting hired first

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It all started here. I posted a tweet about my New Year’s resolution stating that I will be finding a job using the below resume.

But I was told the document ‘wouldn’t even get me hired’.

So here’s my online resume, expressing my interest in a suitable position. One that does not end up with the firing of the employee if they get riled up over something important, like getting the job done.

Here’s a little about me.

  1. I quit my academic job and started teaching philosophy online. It’s going well thus far.
  2. In addition, I would like…

Why often your resume is not enough

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In the digital age, all it takes you is an internet connection and a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone to create an opportunity for yourself. In a previous article, I explained how I changed the way I did things from adopting a ‘why’ attitude to a ‘why not’ approach.

In this article, I want to explore the options we usually have at hand, but don’t utilize to our benefit whether be it in searching for a job, looking for freelancing gigs, or starting an online business.

I am not an HR consultant, nor am I familiar with the innards of…

How Changing Your Attitude Can Help Create More Opportunities and Build More Bridges

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Two years ago I had a fuzzy idea for a small project that I was hoping to pursue. The gist of it was that I wanted to start an anti-consulting business to encourage start-ups to ask and address the ‘right questions.’

Yea yea, what was I thinking. But that’s the point of this article, I learned something from this pursuit, and it made me adopt a different attitude to how I now do things. I think this might also apply broadly to life in general.

Coming from a philosophy background myself, the rationale was that asking the ‘right questions’ is…

What Socrates, Stand-up Comedians, and Rappers Have in Common

Excerpt from my book Sardonically Speaking. A book about philosophy in the marketplace, and the importance of taking oneself less seriously.


This is a short book that will get you to think about the importance of not taking things all too seriously, the need to be laid-back in your quest for the “good” life, and why it is essential that we occasionally challenge and laugh at ourselves. The chapters are organized in several interrelated but stand-alone essays, making it easier for you to jump back and forth between them at your convenience.

The main premise of my project is…

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