For New Readers

(If you haven’t already read my About page, read that first!)

For new readers my writing style can be a bit tough to dive into. I tend to refer back and link to previous posts assuming you’ve read them, which is a little unfair to people who are here for the first time.

I realize this can be a bit daunting, so I’m trying to maintain this page for those of you who want a quick way to get up to speed.

The Philosophy Era

For roughly the first year of this blog’s existence (from late 2013 to late 2014) I had a plan. I posted fairly regularly, working my way through a prepared set of philosophical problems and ideas that had been brewing in the back of my mind for a while.

In a way this era is the most important one; it lays out a lot of my core beliefs and fundamental approaches, many of which show up again and again underpinning my later work. The easiest approach to this era, if you care to read it, is just to start at the beginning. The posts are short and build on each other fairly consistently.

For more of a summary view, you can check out my roadmaps (which can also be accessed by clicking on the “Roadmap” category in the sidebar). Each batch of topics on a related subject started with a roadmap post to give you an idea where I was headed. Unfortunately, my fourth roadmap (on practical philosophical problem-solving) only got about half-complete before I basically gave up.

The Dark Ages

From late 2014 to late 2016 I made a total of four posts. One of them was a failed attempt to restart the Philosophy Era, two of them mark my first discovery and exploration of the website Less Wrong, and the last one is still (in my opinion) one of the best essays I’ve written here.

I make no excuse. Sometimes life just happens.

The Renaissance

At the end of 2016, I received as a gift a book of philosophy essays by Charles Taylor, which inspired me to post. That post deserved an extended footnote, and then I had something else I wanted to mention, and all of a sudden I was blogging regularly again, albeit in a far less structured manner.

So far I have partly continued my abandoned philosophical roadmap, and otherwise just written what I feel like. This includes an extended series on atheism, some notes on current affairs (including one ridiculously popular examination of President Trump), and more recently a selection of essays on various topics which you can access here. I even talked about self-help books once.

These latter posts usually don’t need as much context as the earlier philosophy, but they also tend to be more experimental: not as well thought out, and less likely to reflect my real point of view. I do not shy away from exploring interesting ideas that I don’t necessarily believe in.

At present, the renaissance is ongoing.

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