Philosophy posts

Philosophical works that inspired me

I have been mulling over the philosophical works that were of most influence upon me when I was developing into ...
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Begging that damned question

Something that bugs the hell out of me, literally, is the misuse of English. Of course, I was trained ...
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Morality and Evolution 7: Conclusion

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] So far I have made out the following arguments:
  • Evolution does in fact debunk moral ...
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Morality and Evolution 6: Moral dispositions

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] In any field that has statistical variation, it is necessary to isolate the variables. Biology is ...
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Morality and Evolution 5: biology and culture

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] I should note that there is no set historical sequence implied in the levels 0 to ...
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Morality and evolution 4: Is morality fitness-enhancing?

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] If we agree that morality enhances fitness, because it enables cooperation, several questions arise: what sort ...
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David Armstrong dies

I received this message via the Australasian Association of Philosophy: The philosophical community will be saddened to learn that David ...
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Why do physicists hate philosophy?

Lately there has been a slew of physicists making claims like this: Traditionally, these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy ...
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Trying out a new theme

The old one was so 1992. Comments? I think it is easier to read onscreen. OK, I reverted. It lost ...
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Darwinism results

Here are the results of the survey. Since we had such a small response size (n=104) I do not know ...
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Morality and Evolution 3: Apes and populations

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] Humans are apes, evolutionarily speaking. That is, while we are named distinctly in the vernacular usage ...
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Morality and evolution 2: Moral facts

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] In a forthcoming paper, “Evolution and Moral Realism”, Kim Sterelny and Ben Fraser, of the Australian ...
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Morality and Evolution 1: The Milvian Bridge

[Morality and Evolution 1 2 3 4 5 6 7] A while back I gave a talk to a group of theologians on the question of ...
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Information is the new Aristotelianism (and Dawkins is a hylomorphist)

In seeking tales and informations [Henry VIII, Act V, scene 3] For some time now* I have had problems with ...
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Book review: Understanding Evolution

I posted this on Panda's Thumb, but I thought I would repeat it here. I occasionally get books for review ...
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Survey: What does “Darwinism” mean?

Following on from the last post, I thought I'd do an unscientific self-selected survey on what "Darwinism" means. Please take ...
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Closet Darwinism, and definitions

Every so often, somebody makes the case that “Darwinism”, “Darwinist” and “Darwinian”, being the generic noun, the individual term, and ...
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When we went wrong

There’s a lot of internetz about how current governments are run for the benefit of the plutocracy, and this is ...
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Accommodating Science: Neurobiology and the mind 1

[This is part of the as yet unfinished section of the “Which Science? chapter.] The argument over evolution versus intelligent ...
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Bastardry: On protest and on fascism

I attended the March in March protest against the current government of Australia yesterday. My legs still hurt. I’m sure ...
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