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A Philosophy for Talking about Philosophy

September 19, 2017 by

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Some people become philosophers (or academics, more generally) because they want to be able to teach; they want to be experts in a subject and engage with the world and influence the beliefs and actions of others in a positive way. I think that’s a great and admirable reason to become an academic; I have […]

A History Lesson Every American Should Know

August 28, 2017 by

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***The following post was authored by a professor of philosophy in North America that wishes to remain anonymous.  They say that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Well, I have studied history books, and here’s a history lesson. Several decades ago, a boorish man with no morals came to hold […]

The “But you can’t do that!” gambit, rejected

August 14, 2017 by

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It is common enough to run across arguments talking about how certain sorts of philosophical positions have corrupted the modern academy, destroying an intellectual commitment to truth in favor of some other set of values. These claims have come up regularly in disputes over "the atheistic worldview," post-modernism, and moral relativism.

Grinworthy Quotes 13

August 9, 2017 by

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Avicenna and Gentile da Foligno, woodcut (extract), edition of the Canon and its commentary by Gentile da Foligno, Venice 1520. Public domain via Wikipedia Commons     This gem: At Physics II.8, however, Avicenna had undertaken a detailed analysis and critique of the idea of void and found it empty… is on page 19 of Jon […]

Post-Truth Debate and Critical Thinking

July 4, 2017 by

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“Look it up” should be a good response to a dispute about matters of fact where a correct answer already exists. This is why bars used to keep sports record books handy; bets could be solved quickly and conclusively. But “look it up” relies not only on there existing a source of (largely) correct information, […]

‘A Philosopher’s Take’ Turns 5 Years Old

June 6, 2017 by

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A few weeks ago ‘A Philosopher’s Take’ turned 5 years old! I just wanted to say thanks to our contributors, our editors, and most of all to our readers for checking in and engaging on the blog with the ideas of all of our contributors. I speak for all of us when I say that […]

Public Philosophy in the PhD

June 4, 2017 by

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We in the philosophy blogosophere (especially) frequently discuss whether activities like blogging, podcasting, and other public philosophy activities or projects should count toward tenure. I fall squarely in the `yes’ camp – engaging audiences outside of our professional circles is vitally important for the discipline. And the APA officially agrees. It is also important for […]