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Teaching as a Grad Student: Philosophy of Science

January 25, 2017 by

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Thanks to Aaron for starting this series. There are particular challenges that grad students might face as instructors, some of which I imagine are exclusive to grad students, whereas others could probably be generalized to new professors on the track. And perhaps in my case, grad students, new professors on the track, and maybe even […]

Call for Applications: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

December 22, 2016 by

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Recently the Center for Philosophy of Science released a call for applications for the Pittsburgh Summer Program: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups.  This will take place from July 10th to July 14th, 2017. Applications are due March 1st. Notably, costs concerning housing, meals, and transportation will be covered. A CV, […]

Kinds and Classification: Why the Gun Control and Canine Profiling Analogy Breaks Down

October 14, 2016 by

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Though this post is partly in response to comments on my previous post concerning breed specific legislation from  Mike Steiner, a fellow APT contributor, this is now, in effect, also a response to Yvevs Boisvert’s post for the Globe and Mail. Now is a timely moment to discuss the analogy between pit bulls and guns […]

Why is natural better? Or if it isn’t, why do people keep telling me that it is?

August 29, 2016 by

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 [Caution: this reads like a rant from an old curmudgeon, and so it may be helpful to you to just go ahead and imagine me sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch shouting out rhetorical questions…] Anyone who’s cared to listen to me over the last several years will know that I am […]

On Breed Specific Legislation, Public Safety, and Why The Research Matters

July 16, 2016 by

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There is recent nation-wide attention to animal control issues concerning dogs in Canada.  The target is “pit bulls” or dogs with traits that resemble particular characteristics of breeds included in this generic term.  One common response to serious dog bites and maulings is to lobby for a ban of particular breeds by enacting Breed Specific […]

Stephen Jay Gould’s Weak Argument For Science And Religion’s ‘Separate Domains’

May 11, 2016 by

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Originally posted on Samir Chopra:
Stephen Jay Gould‘s famous ‘Two Separate Domains‘ argues, roughly, that religion and science operate in different domains of inquiry, and as such do not conflict with each other: We get the age of rocks, and religion retains the rock of ages; we study how the heavens go, and they determine…

Why Is Biological Individuality So Strange?

February 3, 2016 by

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If you find questions of biological individuality peculiar, then this post is for you. Biological individuality is an area of special interest. Classic individuality principles lurk in the background—philosophers of biology are still concerned with how to carve up a particular domain into basic units and with how to tell those units apart. There may […]