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- Do spoilers actually ruin stories?‘It’s not the journey, it’s the destination’ might seem like trite advice, but when it comes to storytelling, the worn adage actually seems to hold up to scrutiny. Just ask Nicholas Christenfeld, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego: in a 2013 study, he put our cultural obsession… Read more »
- If anyone can see the morally unthinkable online, what then?Imagine you work at a Latex glove factory. One night, you type ‘Latex’ into Google: you're searching for competitors’ products, but you find other things too. Some of what you find turns you on. But some of it you wish you could unsee: prior to the search, it was morally… Read more »
- Dan Tepfer’s player piano is his composing partner‘How can I be free in this particular cage?’From synthesizers replacing real instruments in the studio to the rise of musical compositions written entirely by AI, it’s not surprising that many professional musicians have been resistant to the ascendent role of technology in the music industry. However, the French-American jazz… Read more »
- If reason exists without deliberation, it cannot be uniquely humanPhilosophers and cognitive scientists today generally comprehend the domain of reason as a certain power of making inferences, confined to the thoughts and actions of human beings alone. Like echolocation in bats or photosynthesis in plants, reason is an evolved power, but unlike these, the preva...By Justin E H SmithRead at… 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.
- As Oliver Sacks wrote, between mania and depression lies “a narrow ridge of normality.” Despite his best efforts, he sometimes slipped off that ridgeAs Oliver Sacks wrote, between mania and depression lies “a narrow ridge of normality.” Despite his best efforts, he sometimes slipped off that ridge Continue reading . . . News source: Arts & Letters Daily Click the title to visit philosophynews.com for more Read more »
- Structured Propositions[Revised entry by Jeffrey C. King on May 15, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] It is a truism that two speakers can say the same thing by uttering different sentences, whether in the same or different languages. For example, when a German speaker utters the sentence 'Schnee ist… Read more »
- Alabama, Abortion and Consistent ApplicationAlabama recently passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law to date, forbidding abortion even in cases of rape and incest. While the bill is obviously aimed at restricting abortion, its primary function is to be challenged and end up at the supreme court. The hope is that the conservative judges will… Read more »
- In the last decades of the 19th century, séances abounded, and austere sects speculated about geology. Darwin’s world was awash with spiritualized scienceIn the last decades of the 19th century, séances abounded, and austere sects speculated about geology. Darwin’s world was awash with spiritualized science Continue reading . . . News source: Arts & Letters Daily Click the title to visit philosophynews.com for more 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.
- Google PlayHey North Americans! You should now being able to listen to both feeds of the podcast on Google Play (service not available outside N America). Here are the links: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iyme5gdw6w76p3yhsu52zn7as5a https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Irbqpnsan4fafpi6zp6blpmddty Read more »
- Kwame GyekyeOne of the leading figures in the story we've been telling about Africana Philosophy has been Kwame Gyekye; recently the sad news of his passing has been announced. For me learning about his work in the field of African thought was a revelation because I knew him previously only as… Read more »
- 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 »
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- Rebecca Solnit on Love, Purposeful Work, and the Meaning of Liberty: An Empowered Retelling of Cinderella“There are a lot of people with a lot of ideas about beauty. And love. When you love someone a lot, they just look like love.” “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge,” Bertrand Russell wrote in his 1925 treatise on the nature of happiness… Read more »
- Toni Morrison on the Power of Art and the Writer’s Singular Service to Humanity“Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it from even the most tragic of circumstances. Art reminds us that we belong here. And if we serve, we last.” “Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but a cup… Read more »
- “Little Prince” Author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on Love, Mortality, and Night as an Existential Clarifying Force for the Deepest Truths of the Heart“Day belongs to family quarrels, but with the night he who has quarreled finds love again. For love is greater than any wind of words… Love is not thinking, but being.” “For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream… Read more »
- Reading for Life: Polish Poet Aleksander Wat on How Books Helped Him Survive in a Soviet Prison“I had a great desire to live because I found Nietzsche’s amor fati in every trifle in every book, even the pessimistic ones. The more pessimistic the book, the more pulsating energy, life energy, I felt beneath its surface — as if all of literature were only the praise of… Read more »
- Moon: A Peek-Through Picture-Book About the Most Beloved Fixture of the Night SkyA sweet illustrated serenade to our eternal nocturnal companion and how it unites creaturely lives of great difference under its soft light. Night after night at my telescope, I marvel with undiminished awe at what Margaret Fuller reverenced as “that best fact, the Moon.” How is it that our abiding… 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.
- Did a Story about a Computer Made of Humans Scoop Searle’s “Chinese Room” by 20 Years?A story called “The Game” by Anatoly Petrovich Mickevich (writing under the pseudonym A. Dneprov), published in 1961, tells the story of a fictional event in which people who don’t individually understand Portuguese are successfully arranged into a “computer” that translates a sentence from Portuguese. Craig Alan, “All Together Now” (Keith Haring Tribute) You can… Read more »
- Mini-HeapNew Mini-Heap here. “The evidence points… towards there being genuine sensory changes due to learning and expertise” — Kevin Connolly (Minerva Schools KGI) on how experts perceive the world differently Dax Cowart, a man whose story became a famous example in the right-to-die literature, has died — 46 years after his doctors… Read more »
- Online Philosophy Resources Weekly UpdateHere’s the weekly report on new entries in online philosophical resources and new reviews of philosophy books. Below is a list of recent updates, if there have been any, to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP), Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP), Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR), 1000-Word Philosophy, and Wireless Philosophy (Wi-Phi). There’s also a section listing recent reviews of… Read more »
- Farewell, Feminist PhilosophersThe Feminist Philosophers blog has shut down. The blog began 12 years ago. Founded by Jenny Saul (currently Sheffield, soon to be Waterloo), it was a group blog featuring the writing of a growing roster of philosophers, many of whom posted under pseudonyms. In her April 23rd post announcing the closure,… 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: Zoë Johnson KingZoë Johnson King is a Bersoff fellow at NYU. She will be a fellow until August 2020. At that time, she will head West and ... Read more...
- Saba Fatima: What It Is Like to Be a Philosopher?The APA blog is working with Cliff Sosis of What is it Like to Be a Philosopher? in publishing advance excerpts from Cliff’s long-form interviews with philosophers. ... Read more...
- Recently Published Book Spotlight: The Moral NexusR. Jay Wallace is a professor in the philosophy department at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2000. Wallace is interested ... Read more...
- Syllabus Showcase: Eugene Kelly, The Philosophy of Human Natureby Eugene Kelly Eugene Kelly has been Professor of Philosophy at the New York Institute of Technology for forty years. He received his Ph.D. from ... Read more...
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- Reparations for Historic InjusticeAuthor: Joseph Frigault Category: Philosophy of Race, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics Word Count: 996 History is marked by large-scale injustice. In the United States alone, Native Americans were violently displaced, Africans were enslaved and their descendants subject to lynchings and Jim Crow laws, and Japanese Americans were interned during… Read more »
- Camus on the Absurd: The Myth of SisyphusAuthor: Erik Van Aken Category: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Ethics Word Count: 1000 “There is only one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” – Albert Camus It might seem flippant to remark that the… Read more »
- 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 »
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- British “Game of Thrones” fans will have a rough 24 hours ahead of themThe US and UK have a “special relationship,” but on Sunday (May 19), a wide gulf will separate Americans from Brits—and it’s all because of Game of Thrones. More than 18 million US viewers are expected to tune in to watch the final episode of HBO’s eight-season-long hit show. This… Read more »
- Madonna ensured Eurovision was once again very politicalThis year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a celebration of Europe’s musical talents. It was also very political, including during last night’s final in Tel Aviv, Israel, during which the Netherlands won the top spot. Eurovision was established to bring European countries together after World War II. To allow for dozens… Read more »
- France is good at launching tech startups, but not at growing them“France is maybe the best place to start a company,” said Jean-Rémi Kouchakji, co-founder of PayinTech, a Paris-based fintech firm that was among the 9,000 startups at the Viva Technology conference this year. Paradoxically, he said, it’s a difficult place for small- and medium-sized companies to thrive, a necessary step… Read more »
- Inside the new Statue of Liberty MuseumAfter five years and a series of crowdfunding campaigns, the new Statue of Liberty Museum opened as scheduled this week. Measuring 26,000 square feet, the exhibition space serves as a welcome center for the 4.5 million annual visitors who trek to Liberty Island to see New York City’s beloved colossus… Read more »
- Republican congressman Justin Amash called for Trump’s impeachmentToday, in a 13-tweet thread, Michigan congressman Justin Amash chided his fellow Republicans for failing to respond appropriately to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation. Amash is calling for Trump’s impeachment. He believes his… Read more »
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- Books relating Marxism to actual praxis that took place in USSR, China, etc.?What I've seen and read on Marxist philosophy/economics/politics is mostly entirely theoretical, and the criticisms of Marxist praxis in the USSR, China that I've seen come off as an attempt to smear Marxism with little to no familiarity with the actual theory and works in the tradition. (although I've read… Read more »
- Iris Murdoch's 'Idea of Perfection' essay (Sovereignity of Good)Hello all, I am struggling to understand Iris Murdoch's picture of the behaviourist-existentialist man of contemporary philosophy. Would anyone be able to help? submitted by /u/JCrago [link] [comments] Read more »
- In Kant, how exactly is the 'State' constrained from overstepping his boundaries?I understand that he holds a duty to uphold the innate right and UPR but apart from this, because Kant doesn't advocate for any rebellion like Hobbes, how exactly can the people hold the State accountable for his actions? submitted by /u/Wanderer_Fantasy [link] [comments] Read more »
- How can "historical materialism" be materialism, if history it's not a material thing? Isn't it idealism more?submitted by /u/Khajiit-In-Bottle [link] [comments] Read more »