Philosophy posts

A poignant obituary

Geoffrey Midgley’s obit is in the Independent today. A comment online is, I suspect, from one of his sons ...
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Science Communication and the Business Model

There are a lot of folk who think they have a handle on how to communicate science to the general ...
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On civil disagreement

I am rather old fashioned, which is unsurprising since most of what I read dates from before the invention of ...
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Truisms 6

Truism 6: Apart from physical kinds like basic particles, everything is in flux Scholia: If we know things, we know ...
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Truisms 5

Truism 5: One is only required (by our language games) to justify moral claims one or two levels Scholium*: Justifying ...
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Truisms 3

Truism 3: Humans are moral because that is the nature of the species – moral is what humans do Corollary: ...
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A poem: Aubade by Philip Larkin

This was brought to my attention by a reader on the alt.fan.pratchett group in response to an evangeliser there. Below ...
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Truisms 2

Truism 2: Nobody does anything they don’t want to, on balance Corollary: Everything we want to do has a neurological ...
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Truisms 1

As an academic philosopher, one often finds it more interesting to discuss or debate the ideas of others than to ...
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You can prove a negative

Well, no it isn’t philosophically impossible… read on: ...
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70th Philosophers’ Carnival

The idea of philosophers having a carnival, literally a celebration of the flesh, is somehow fitting and faintly disturbing, but ...
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On ontology and metaphysics: substance abuse

I have for a long time now been very dissatisfied with the metaphysical categories bequeathed to us from Aristotle via ...
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Conspiracy theories

The online journal Episteme has a special issue out on conspiracy theories. Examples include God as a conspiracy theory, the ...
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Traditions in academe

PZ Murghl has challenged me to explain why there are theology departments in universities. Of course, most universities lack theology ...
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A letter to a high school student

It’s a dangerous thing to let philosophers talk to high school students, in the main, for we tend to drown ...
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X-phi in the NYT

Courtesy of Brian Leiter’s blog comes a link to an article by Kwame Anthony Appiah in the New York Times ...
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Such a short honeymoon

[Australian politics: look away]

Oh dear. It took only seven days for the shine to wear off the Labor victory ...
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The philosophy of classification

The term “radical” is a very loose term. It basically means “something that differs wildly from the consensus” in ordinary ...
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What do colourless green ideas do? They sleep, furiously

This little piece by netfriend Richard Harter, who apparently predates coal, serves to demonstrate that philosophers really aren’t clever enough ...
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