Spinoza’s Ethics — Part III: Of the Affects

[12000 words] "Affects" are basically emotions. But I think keeping the term slightly technical will be useful. The first half of this piece will remain slightly abstract: "what the heck is actually happening?!!" kind of thing. The second half will finally get more concrete. We'll run through the nature of human emotions, with a bunch …

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Is it OK to hope that Trump dies of Covid-19?

[300 words] Depends on your taste. If you feel that just hoping someone dies, no matter the circumstances, is morally wrong... then no, it's not OK. But if you feel anything less extreme than that -- then yeah, it's fine. First off, it's natural. If something exists which goes against your values or interests, your …

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