Here's some tidbits from Troy about himself:
Public philosopher · Jan 2009 to present
- I try very hard to solve complicated philosophical and social problems.
- I am writing a book about the philosophical problems I've faced in my experiences with Mormon fundamentalism, particularly with the issue of polygamy.
- I lecture and tutor students of political philosophy. I also write philosophical opinions on daily, local issues as well as global issues.
- I write human rights theories, particularly with regard to victims of abuse in polygamous societies as well as other minority individuals who still struggle for equal status, like my LGBT friends and fellow non-religious friends too, and anyone else I can think of who isn't getting a fair shake.
- I specialize in political philosophy. I'm an expert on matters concerning the ethical and moral considerations regarding polygamous societies. It's my life's work. I am the only living philosopher who does this particular kind of work.
Some of my friends call me Cosmo. It's a nickname that means a great deal to me, in part because of my cosmopolitan attitude and my cosmological thinking, and in part in remembrance of a great hero of my youth, Carl Sagan. We are all just one universe
The historical figure for whom my daily behavior most emulates is without doubt my great hero Socrates.
Western religion has become so authoritarian and fear-laden that it stifles many people in their attempts to get to their true, inner spirituality. This is why I'm more drawn to something like Buddhism where there is no divine authority whatsoever and the very devout types like monks and nuns have no kind of authority, but instead live lives of devotion and non-violence. I can't say that I'm a practicing Buddhist; I'm a totally unattached thinker. I can only claim to be a cosmopolitan, a citizen of the world. And I've dedicated my whole life to this kind of secular humanism. I also get a huge spiritual lift from practicing a quiet vegan lifestyle and I keep a very tiny carbon footprint. This is the sort of thing that keeps my hungry spirit satisfied yet always craving more.
One more thing about me for which I'm either celebrated or notorious is my habit of reminding people that I will explain my thoughts to them; not the other way around. It gets really interesting at times. Some people never seem to pick up on it.
Sooooo, when you have a burning question about the AUB or anything else you'd like Troy's opinion on, please post them here for everyone to enjoy!