Philosophers love to solve complex problems. But what do philosophers do when they have a problem? They write in to an advice column, of course! Well, THIS particular philosopher did. Not only did he write in to advice column, he wrote in to an advice column by and for philosophers: Philosophical Advice from Daniel Fincke.
There’s a fine line between a parent supporting their child by pointing out flaws, and being too critical and overbearing (to the point of making the problem worse). She means well (most parents do), but the concerned mother in this week’s problem (submitted to Amy Dickenson‘s advice column at NPR) is beginning to obsess over her college daughter’s weight and seek a dose of much-needed perspective. If a reality check is what you want, Charlie’s got what you need. 😏
You know what they say about used car salesmen. They are often portrayed as being unapologetic, bloodsuckers who feed on the vulnerable, trusting public to make a quick dollar. Ouch! In this episode, one such used car salesman confesses (to Ask Andrew WK at The Village Voice) that, yes, he is a lecherous, blood-sucker feeding on innocent people BUT he wants to change! He’s ready to reverse his bad karma and to do good in the world. Can he change his karma? Should he? How? Charlie’s on it!
After a night of drunken sex between a married couple and the wife’s best friend, there are plenty of regrets and finger-pointing. Who’s to blame? Can the friendship between the wife and her best friend survive? And which one of them wants to do it again? Charlie sorts through this shady soap opera with some sobering feedback. Oy!
What if you were raised in a devout, religious family and then suddenly realized you no longer believed in the existence of a god, but became despondent over the idea of not spending eternity with your family? Yes, this week’s problem (submitted to Ask Andrew WK at The Village Voice) is a head-scratcher and a bit confusing, but Charlie is up to the task of helping our agonizing atheist sort out his spirituality (or lack thereof), his family, and eternity. BAM!