Q: Who is Philosophy Bro?
A: Just a bro who loves philosophy, bro. But you can call me PB.
Q: Hey PB, I have a really great idea for your site. How can I become a collaborator?
A: Well, excited-questions-guy, I love your enthusiasm. Unfortunately, it's not very likely at this point - I'm just having way too much fun doing this on my own, and it's important to me to maintain ownership of the content of the blog. That may change in the future, at which point I'll make a general announcement on the front page.
Q: What books do you recommend for an amateur philosopher?
A: These ones.
Q: Can I post one of your summaries on my site?
A: I'd really rather you didn't. I've found a few of my posts, full-text, on other sites, which really annoys me. They didn't even bother to ask! I'm flattered that you like my work that much, but I'd really prefer you excerpt your favorite paragraph or two and link to the rest of it. I don't mind that at all.
Q: What is the Philosophy Bro's personal Theory-of-Everything?
A: Well, I don't really have one - there are plenty of questions (The nature of time, The Continuum Hypothesis, The ontological status of mathematical objects, The limits of modal epistemology) on which I simply don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. More importantly, it's not important. There are lots of other questions (The controversial modal premise of the Modal Ontological Argument, The objectiveness/subjectiveness of reality, the nature of language, the functions of government, animal rights) on which I do have strong opinions, but with which I don't want to taint the site. I do my best to summarize a work while staying true to the author's intention and to provide balanced explanations in the Mailbag from which I draw questions, often on Mondays. I'm particularly proud of how well my Kierkegaard and Nietzsche summaries were received, since they're so very, very opposed.
Q: Well, do you believe in God?
A: Good question.
Q: I notice you didn't really answer the question.
A: That's not really a question. So now my FAQ contains a non-answer AND a non-question. Thanks, you inquisitive assholes. Let's say they balance out and move on, shall we?
Q: How can I support Philosophy Bro?
A: Here's how. Additionally, if you think I'm providing a valuable service, consider indulging more in what I have to offer in any of the ways listed below.
Finally, questions not answered here and serious inquiries about the following can be directed to my e-mail address, email@example.com:
- Freelance writing for your blog/website/wedding toast/valedictorian speech/commencement address/inauguration, which I'm happy to do for exposure and/or a fee.
- Tutoring in philosophy, which apparently there's a demand for. Who knew? I'm pretty good at explaining this stuff. In fact, I have a website full of explanations. You might have seen it; it's kind of a big deal.
- Speaking engagements or performances. I was as confused by this one as you are, but it turns out I do have a fair bit of public speaking experience, a background in comedy, and the sort of crippling narcissism it takes to get on stage and talk to thousands of strangers, so you're in luck there.
- Marriage Proposals. Statistically unlikely, but worth a shot. I'm quite the catch. Besides, shoot for the moon and you'll land in the stars. Is that what they say? I think someone says that. Rowr.