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- The beauty of gefilte fishCelebrated annually in early spring, Passover commemorates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus. The holiday is generally marked by a large gathering of family and friends known as a Seder, and includes a reading of the Haggadah, a text that… Read more »
- Timelapse of the future'The Universe becomes a cosmic boneyard, strewn with remnants of dead stars.'This is the way the Universe ends, not with a bang, but with an unfathomably profound and gradual chill. Or, at least that’s one guess held by many scientists – but we don’t really know, and it’s entirely possible… Read more »
- Is acting hazardous? On the risks of immersing oneself in a roleIn 2009, Heath Ledger posthumously received an Academy Award for his performance as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight (2008). To say that Ledger earned the recognition of his peers is to vastly understate his accomplishment. Ledger’s unflinching and disquieting performance as ...By Samuel KampaRead at Aeon Read more »
- Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happinessThink of the last time you had something to celebrate. If you toasted the happy occasion, your drink was probably alcoholic – and bubbly. Have you ever wondered why it’s so enjoyable to imbibe a glass of something that sets off a series of microexplosions in your mouth? A glass… Read more »
The website philosophynews.com was launched in 1997 by a blogger named Richard Jones under the name Philosophy News Service and started mainly as a service-oriented website to help inform the philosophical community about events like conferences and publications, philosophy-related news, and information about philosophers.
Today, Philosophy News has broadened its vision in an attempt to reach a wider readership and bring philosophy to both professionals and non-professionals alike. While the site still counts professional philosophers as a core part of its readership, reaching intelligent readers in other disciplines and laypersons interested in philosophical topics is an important secondary focus.
- Nearly 40 years ago, George W.S. Trow lamented what television had done to intellectual life. Imagine what he'd say about social mediaNearly 40 years ago, George W.S. Trow lamented what television had done to intellectual life. Imagine what he'd say about social media Continue reading . . . News source: Arts & Letters Daily Click the title to visit philosophynews.com for more Read more »
- No theater-going experience is as tedious as being forced to listen to ideas now taken for granted. Just try to sit through A Doll’s HouseNo theater-going experience is as tedious as being forced to listen to ideas now taken for granted. Just try to sit through A Doll’s House Continue reading . . . News source: Arts & Letters Daily Click the title to visit philosophynews.com for more Read more »
- The Ethics of Designing People: The Habermasian CritiqueSuppose in the not-too-distant future we master the art of creating people. In other words, technology advances to the point that you and I can walk into a store (or go online!) and order a new artificial person from a retailer. This artificial person will be a full-blown person in… Read more »
- Moral Luck[Revised entry by Dana K. Nelkin on April 19, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Moral luck occurs when an agent can be correctly treated as an object of moral judgment despite the fact that a significant aspect of what she is assessed for depends on factors beyond her control.… Read more »
- Opportunity Hoarding I: MobilityImage Credit In the wake of the college admissions scandal of 2019 the media briefly focused on how the wealthy use their advantages to secure admission to the best schools. As part of the coverage, there was some discussion of opportunity hoarding, a concept developed by Richard Reeves in his… Read more »
Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, takes listeners through the history of philosophy, “without any gaps.” The series looks at the ideas, lives and historical context of the major philosophers as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition.
- What to expect when you're expecting Renaissance philosophySince the series on Byzantine philosophy is drawing to a close (it will end with episode 327), it's time to look forward to the series on Renaissance philosophy! It will launch June 30. I have already been reading up for it and consulted some expert advice, plus received lots of… Read more »
Oh hello. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love. Drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.
- A Stoic’s Key to Living with Presence: Seneca on Balancing the Existential Calculus of Time Spent, Saved, and Wasted“Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Nothing… is ours, except time.” “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote in her abiding insistence on choosing… Read more »
- Zadie Smith Reads Frank O’Hara’s Love Poem to Time via an Old-Fashioned Telephone LineA bittersweet serenade to the bidirectional pull of existence. “Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were?” poet Marie Howe asked in her stunning ode to time in memoriam of Stephen Hawking. It is an elemental question that cuts to the heart of being human:… Read more »
- Jacqueline Woodson’s Lovely Letter to Children About Kindness, Presence, and How Books Transform Us“Why are you kissing me in the middle of the sentence?!” “It is we who are passing when we say time passes,” the Nobel-winning French philosopher Henri Bergson insisted just before Einstein defeated him in the historic debate that revolutionized our understanding of time. “If our heart were large enough… Read more »
- Rachel Carson’s Bittersweet Farewell to the World: Timeless Advice to the Next Generations from the Woman Who Catalyzed the Environmental Movement“Yours is a grave and sobering responsibility, but it is also a shining opportunity. You go out into a world where mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself.” In 1962, after pioneering a… Read more »
Daily Nous provides information and news for and about the philosophy profession. The site is maintained Justin Weinberg, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina.
- Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by LukasWhat happened in the United States during 1970s and after? One thing that might play a role here is the outsourcing of industrial production to so-called “developing countries” with much lower wages and fewer health, safety, and environmental regulation. This trend only accelerated during the following decades, as the US… Read more »
- Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by MattReally interesting that you mention philosophy at Northwest Nazarene Alan- the first philosophy class I took (at BSU) was a philosophy of religion class taught be a professor from Northwest Nazarene who was teaching it as an extra class. It was really great, and literally changed my life. I have… Read more »
- Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by Alan WhiteThis especially saddens me, because my 40-year career began at Northwest Nazarene with an excellent major heavily focused on the history of philosophy (and as a result I dropped my intention of becoming a minister and have been non-religious ever since).. Dropping philosophy and physics is a complete repudiation of… Read more »
- Comment on Crash Course: Epistemology of Disagreement by krell_154I didn’t see anyone recommend Foley’s work yet, so here I am referring you to his paper: ”Rationality and intellectual self-trust”, in William Ramsey & Michael R. DePaul (eds.), Rethinking Intuition: The Psychology of Intuition and its Role in Philosophical Inquiry. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. pp. 241–56 (1998) and his… Read more »
- Comment on The Making of the Disaster at the University of Tulsa by An AdjunctBasically the same thing happened/is happening at the uni where I worked (Southern Nazarene University). I was brought in to assist with the philosophy major while the chair took on a temporary administrative position for a year. Three months into my stint, I receive an email that the philosophy major… Read more »
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- News: April/May 2019Word frequency reveals morality’s tides • Marx’s tomb vandalised • Black holes evade conceptual capture — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
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- APA Member Interview: Stephanie Rivera BerruzStephanie Rivera Berruz is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at Marquette University. Despite nomadic movements across the US, she proudly calls Puerto Rico home. Growing ... Read more...
- Poststructuralist Tent Revival Podcast: Philosophy Outside Academiaby Jacob Given Podcasts have been an indispensably important resource for my own philosophical education. I attended a small, religious undergraduate institution where we had ... Read more...
- Syllabus Showcase: Robin L. Zebrowski, Cyborg Brains and Hybrid Mindsby Robin L. Zebrowski Robin L. Zebrowski is currently Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at Beloit College, where her position includes an appointment in Philosophy, Psychology, and ... Read more...
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Welcome to 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, an ever-growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical topics. We publish new essays frequently, so check back for updates.
- Euthanasia, or Mercy KillingAuthor: Nathan Nobis Category: Ethics Wordcount: 1000 Sadly, there are people in very bad medical conditions who want to die. They are in pain, they are suffering, and they no longer find their quality of life to be at an acceptable level anymore. When people like this are kept alive… Read more »
- Ignorance and BlameAuthor: Daniel Miller Categories: Ethics, Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Sometimes ignorance is a legitimate excuse for morally wrong behavior, and sometimes it isn’t. If someone has secretly replaced my sugar with arsenic, then I’m blameless for putting arsenic in your tea. But if I put arsenic in your tea because… Read more »
- Theories of PunishmentAuthor: Travis Joseph Rodgers Category: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy Word Count: 995 Criminals are punished with fines, public scorn, imprisonment, death and more. Philosophical theories of punishment ask what justifies punishment, both in general and what justifies particular punishments. Most theories appeal to punishment’s effects on the future or facts… Read more »
- Manipulation and Moral ResponsibilityAuthor: Taylor W. Cyr Category: Ethics, Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Consider a case of manipulation: Beth is a talented student with a well-rounded life. Her professor wants her to focus all her energies on school, at the expense of Beth’s hobbies and relationships. After failing to convince Beth to spend… Read more »
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- Republicans have spent at least $4.7 million at Trump properties since he took officeThe Republican National Committee, pro-Trump super PACs, and Republican political candidates spent almost $100,000 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC during the first quarter of 2019, according to Quartz’s review of new Federal Elections Commission (FEC) filings. The latest expenditures at the Trump hotel, just blocks from the… Read more »
- Electric vehicles will shine in a fuel crisis—just ask Portuguese Tesla ownersElectric vehicle makers and owners have benefited for years from generous government subsidies aimed at fighting pollution and global warming. But the biggest boost, arguably, would come from a fuel crisis, such as the one that had the US enduring long lines for overpriced gasoline in the 1970s following an… Read more »
- What the autonomous vehicles industry should learn from the Boeing 737 Max crisisWe’re about to enter a world in which autonomous vehicles (AVs) routinely make life-and-death decisions. Before hopping in, we should draw lessons on how to regulate them from recent missteps in another industry: airlines. With stronger oversight, it appears, the two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes could have been prevented.… Read more »
- Socrates’ ancient philosophy shows why moral posturing on social media is so annoyingSocial media offers the chance to carefully curate a public image and, while some choose to broadcast their professional success or vacations, others are keen to make a show of their moral worth. You’ve seen the messages on Twitter or Facebook: “Give a compliment, it can make someone’s day.” “Please,… Read more »
- A psychology experiment unexpectedly discovered a man who can’t cooperate because of brain damageWhen someone’s especially cooperative, don’t thank their easy-going nature, but give credit to their brain. A team of New York University psychologists hypothesized that cooperation depends on the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DPC), an area of the brain in the frontal lobe involved in regulation control and goal pursuit; after all,… Read more »
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- Descartes' "Clear and disctinct perception"In his meditations, Descartes' use of clear and distinct perception bothers me. From what I understand, he never really fully defined what it meant, or why it seems to work as a surefire means of having knowledge. Hopefully, someone here has something to say that makes this seem like less… Read more »
- Question about aristotle hylomorphismSo according to aristotle, all is made by form and matter. Form being what is responsible for the character of a certain object, while matter is what gives its material presence and physical reality. But I still have some troubles in understanding this concept. Take a ball made of some… Read more »
- What do I need to know in order to understand Godel’s Incompleteness Theorems?I tried reading the SEP entry but there are many symbols I still don’t understand. I know a bit of basic logic. Where should I start? submitted by /u/AdolfBerry [link] [comments] Read more »