CFP: The 55th Meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association

May 14, 2018
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  (Please see the links at the end to volunteer as reviewer or commentator) The 55th Annual Meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association in conjunction with The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy/ Société Canadienne de Philosophie Environnementale will be held October 26-28, 2018, at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. […]

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New Contributor: Alfred Archer

May 12, 2018
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Nearly 4 years ago I traveled to Ireland with my coauthor (David Boutland) to deliver a talk at University College Dublin on the concept of supererogation. The conference/workshop was FANTASTIC and I made some friends that I still keep in touch with today. One of those friends was Dr. Alfred Archer and I am excited […]

Russell and Philosophy in Real Life

May 10, 2018
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Bertrand Russell (May 18th 1872-February 2nd 1970) writes in the prologue of his autobiography “What I Have Lived For”: Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and […]

On Patches and Patterns: Local Knowledge and Scientific Success

May 3, 2018
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It’s often said that science strives towards generality, looking for laws and principles about reality that admit of no exceptions, or as few as possible. Some even go as far as saying that unity is a standard of scientific success, that an ideal scientific knowledge would be one simple, unifying, and universal theory of everything. […]

People Aren’t Upset With Michelle Wolf Because She Was Wrong. They’re Upset Because She’s Right.

May 2, 2018
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There seems to be two main categories of disapproval when it comes to Michelle Wolf’s speech at the White House Correspondent Dinner. The first is the predictable faux-outrage by Trump’s army of sycophants. During a more innocent time, their affectations of outrage might have warranted a response. But in the here and now of the […]

To What End? The Moral Value of Compassion

May 1, 2018
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I am excited to get started as a new contributor to A Philosopher’s Take by engaging with a captivating post by APT peer David Boutland (co-authored by Trudy Govier) titled “The Pitfalls of Compassion,”  which touches on the main points of his recent, similarly titled publication (which can be found here). First off, many thanks […]

New Contributor: Olivia Scheyer

April 30, 2018
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Join me in welcoming a new contributor to the fold; Olivia Scheyer obtained her B.A. in philosophy from Tufts University in 2017. Her philosophical interests include bioethics, especially neuroethics and AI, and moral psychology, all of which she is preparing to study further in law school. Find Olivia on twitter @oliviascheyer