This collection of pages is the work of Randal Samstag. His interests are obvious: Buddhism, logic, economics, and philosophy. If you see anything that interests you here, please comment.

10 Responses to About

  1. Impressive Randal! I shall delve deeply into the rich recesses of your blogishere. I was wondering why you have not been around on Facebook lately, and now I see why.

    Namaste my friend.

  2. Benjamin C. Lee says:

    I will read your articles with expectations that your insightful observations will help me to expand my knowledge.

    Probably your youngest friend Ben.

  3. Hi Randal,

    iRead Book Tours is​ currently working with William Irwin​, author of ​The Free Market Existentialist: Capitalism without Consumerism. ​I discovered your blog through researching books of this genre on Goodreads.​

    ​Would you kindly consider reading and reviewing this book? You may contact me for more information at ireadbooktours at gmail dot com.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Best regards,

  4. dcinamon says:

    Looking forward to reading, Randal.

  5. Rahil says:

    An undergrad came to the hostel I stay at, taking a break from school majoring in diplomacy and figuring life out, he mentioned “Why Nations Fail” as one of his personal readings, which led me to your review on Goodreads. Good warning, though I’d probably never read a grand narrative.

    Anyway, I was wondering, could you create a page or widget that simply lists all of your posts? I’m glad you categorized it, but a simple list would be nice. WordPress kind of sucks for not having this kind of thing, but I would love to just pick and read some of your posts based on the title, and such a list would facilitate this.

  6. Alex says:

    Hi Randal,

    I’m always interested in your insight and critical analyses on goodreads and this blog and i was wondering what you made of the latest aeon article concerning human nature’s role(or lack thereof) in ethics (https://aeon.co/essays/how-evolutionary-biology-makes-everyone-an-existentialist)

    Or of Ronnie de Sousa’s work in general as he’s new to me…


    • Alex,

      Thanks so much for the link. I had not seen it, nor had I heard of Ronnie de Sousa. I wish I had written the piece myself! I certainly agree that natural law and natural right are bankrupt concepts and rightly called the “naturalistic fallacy” by Moore. The author does a good summary of the various possible bases for ethics: Moore’s “Ideal”, Kant’s reason, the natural right theorists, utilitarianism. All are troubling. I have favored the Buddhist ethic of avoidance of suffering, but that is a reverse version of utilitarianism that cannot be justified as the “sole good”. I don’t prefer Thrasymachus’s view of justice, but what do we replace it with? Aren’t we left then with some kind of sceptical conclusion that we need to make our own world, as the author suggests? Keep thinking!

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