The Philosophy of Stefan Molyneux

FreeDomain Radio, owned and operated by Stefan Molyneux, advertises itself as “The largest and most popular philosophical conversation in the world.” A fascinating claim, since it is highly unlikely that most of the philosophers in the world have ever heard of Molyneux or FDR.

The advertising copy for FDR reads:

Powerful ideas for all lovers of personal and political freedom–Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web, and was a Top 10 Finalist in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Podcast Awards. Topics range from politics to philosophy to science to economics to relationships to atheism—and how to achieve real freedom in your life today. Passionate, articulate, funny and irreverent, Freedomain Radio shines a bold light on old topics, and invents a few new ones to boot!

The FDR site also offers a brief bio of Molyneux himself here. However, I have been able to expand on that bio in various places on FDR Liberated.

Because of the way Molyneux has described the FDR topics of interest above, FDR Liberated will follow suit to a degree. This section contains articles about the philosophical theories of Stefan Molyneux and their application at FreeDomain Radio, with a special focus on UPB (Universally Preferable Behavior).

Stefan Molyneux’s philosophy
of (un)forgiveness

Why it’s all your fault, forever

Yet another instance where Molyneux reveals more about his mental state than he realizes.

If a psychologist explained to you why a true narcissist was withholding his or her affection from you and the unwinnable trials they will put you through to earn just a fraction of it back, it would be indistinguishable from Molyneux’s “philosophy” of forgiveness.

The Dark Trilogy

Molyneux’s primary philosophy manuscripts


On Truth—(The Tyranny of Illusion)

In the FDR tradition this is the first book you’re supposed to read.

In reality, it’s a 72-page primer on hating your parents.


UPB–Universally Preferable Behavior

Stefan Molyneux’s masterpiece. After he released it, he proclaimed himself “the salvation of philosophy.” Only problem was, philosophy didn’t need saving. Even worse, philosophers didn’t even find Molyneux’s text to be competent. This is the history of the work, from proposal to ultimate failure.

The Promise and Failure of UPBThe Inside Story

(Part 1)–At war with the academics.

The development and anticipation of UPB—along with key moments and bitter rejections in Stefan Molyneux’s past that may have influenced its development.

(Part 2)–The rise and fall of Danny.

Finally, a graduate student in philosophy offers to give Molyneux’s masterpiece a serious analysis. He inadvertently opens old psychological wounds and is stunned when Molyneux flies into a rage.

(Part 3)–When good men do nothing.

The essence of what is wrong with Molyneux’s writing in general. A ridiculously simple logical mistake takes up nearly 1/5 of UPB and essentially tanks his entire proposition.

(Part 4)–Other voices.

A sampling of critics outside of FDR and their conclusions about UPB.

Part 5–What’s a god to do?

The final result—instead of a proof of rational ethics, is UPB the ultimate nihilists handbook?


Real-Time Relationships—(The Logic of Love)

Molyneux tries to apply his peculiar binary logic to love (or so he claims) but, in reality, the entire book is based on a strange conversation “test” he developed to help prove to you that—wait for it —your parents don’t love you.

The surprising thing about the book is that it generated a conversation on Molyneux’s forum in which two members utterly shredded the book’s logic while Molyneux helplessly watched.

Allison’s last card, Part 1

How two women shredded “the logic of love…”

Allison’s last card, Part 2

…and what became of them.