Philosophy posts

A current list of species concepts

As part of my book, I have updated the list of species concepts. Thought you lot might like this: Species ...
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Another chapter on religion done

Readers will recall I had a series on why people believe silly things… This is now a book chapter, with ...
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50 words for snow 4; species

All classificatory terms are impossible of exact definition. Their use always has and always will depend upon the consensus of ...
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Species: The evolution of the idea

My revised book is now titled Species: The evolution of the idea, and now contains a philosophy section as well as ...
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50 words for snow 3: what are phenomena?

If experienced observers are trained to observe natural phenomena in their environment, pace the “interference” of cultural accidents, what is it ...
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50 words for snow 2: or, the economics of cultural categories

Humans evolved in a world where knowing whether an animal was an antelope or a lion was essential for their ...
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50 words for snow, or conceptual confusion

In a well-known and generally debunked story, Inuit people have around 50 words for snow. Or so the argument by ...
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Phobosophy

As everyone knows, philosophy comes from the two Greek words philo and sophos, and means, roughly, the love of wisdom, ...
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Species: The evolution of the idea

I have completed and submitted the manuscript now for my revision of Species: A history of the idea, now renamed ...
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Noah’s Ark and the creation of the species rank

This is a section of my forthcoming revision to Species, presented here for comments that I can steal – umm, I mean for ...
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Are species life forms?

This is a section of my forthcoming revision to Species, presented here for comments that I can steal – umm, ...
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The Abstract and the Concrete, or, the Road to Fascism

I was thinking about the way in which the anti-abortionists justify their views. I have always said that “Pro-Life” ...
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Secular Calvinism

Illustration, Lorenzo Petrantoni for TIME Australia is one of the most secular of developed nations. At the last census, 22% ...
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Hang on – I’m getting an idea

So, it’s been a while. My brain went into recess while my finances collapsed, I changed jobs and generally got ...
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The place of religion in democratic secular countries

There is a religion which oppresses women, which is enthusiastically adopted by marginalised groups, which hates democracy and which has ...
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Is Physicalism coherent?

In my last post I argued that physicalism cannot be rejected simply because people assert there are nonphysical objects which ...
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Is physicalism an impoverished metaphysics?

Every so often, we read about some philosopher or other form of public intellectual who makes the claim that a ...
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On tribalism

Humans evolved in tribes, our species’ equivalent of the general primate troop structure. This meant that members of the tribe ...
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Even more videos by Adam Ford

Adam has caught up with the remainder of his interviews with me and put them on Facebook. Once more I ...
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Some more videos

Adam Ford has added some more of the short videos he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I ...
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