Put Down the Axe, Ockham! Objections to Substance Dualism (Part 2)

October 27, 2015



This is the second in a series of posts answering the most common objections to substance dualism (see the intro here, and the first response here). I will argue that an appeal to Ockham’s razor does not, at present, carry any weight against substance dualism, and the principle is only relevant as a hypothetical qualifier […]

Posted in: Philosophy of Mind

On Death and Parenthood

October 16, 2015


First off, I’d like to apologize for not blogging much these days. I’m in the midst of filling out academic job applications, finishing my dissertation, presenting at conferences, and taking on tons of side projects (edited collection on the moral psychology of compassion, a few book chapters for various volumes on free will and emotions, […]

Posted in: Death

The Science-Pseudoscience Demarcation Problem

October 14, 2015


Source: The science-pseudoscience demarcation problem

Grinworthy Quotes (9)

October 8, 2015


I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these — I’ve been reading some fairly dry material recently. The following quote is at the very beginning of Paul Benacerraf’s unpublished PhD dissertation (Princeton, 1960) which I’m reading as part of my dissertation research. The quote is attributed to an unnamed undergraduate student. […]

Hey, Neuroscience, Why Can’t We Be Friends? Objections to Substance Dualism (Part 1)

October 7, 2015


For many who’ve taken philosophy courses at the university level (let alone those who teach philosophy), substance dualism appears to be a theory with, dare I say it, no substance. It’s not a “live option.” But, to extend the pun, I think it’s the dismissal, not the theory, that lacks substance. In the introduction to this series of posts, I […]

Schliesser on Shortening the PhD

September 24, 2015


I  often reflect on my experiences in graduate school, especially now that they are coming to an end, and for what it’s worth I plan on writing about these crazy times when I come up for air in a  few years (It’s been 7 years between getting my M.A from Washington State Uni. and now entering […]

Posted in: Blogging, The Discipline

Assisted Suicide and Personal Autonomy: Freedom of Choice …But Only for the Sick

September 22, 2015


On Friday of last week, the state legislature of California passed a bill to allow assisted suicide. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill into law, California will become the fifth state in the Union to make assisted suicide legal. How do advocates of assisted suicide justify allowing doctors to assist people in killing themselves? […]

Posted in: Bioethics, Ethics, Law

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