On the So Called “Grey Areas” of Sexual Consent

May 20, 2017
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Sexual consent has been the foundation of sexual ethics for many modern thinkers of sexuality. The notion itself stretches back to at least Immanuel Kant, who presented some arguments for why we should generally respect an individual’s autonomy. Respect for autonomy is the idea that we should respect a person’s capacity to make self-governing decisions […]

2017 University of Calgary Graduate Student Conference Program and Details

April 26, 2017
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Topic: Ethics in the Age of Science Our 6th Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference program has been finalized. We are quite happy with our list of contributors who will be delivering excellent graduate student scholarship. Click on the link to the conference poster below for more details. Confirmed Plenary Speakers: 2017 Conference Brochure_v003 KATRINA SIFFERD (Elmhurst College) GREGG […]

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Teaching as a Grad Student: Guest Lecturing on Logicism

April 26, 2017
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I was recently given the opportunity to give a lecture on Frege’s logicism and related topics for our Logic III course (cross-listed as an undergraduate and a graduate course). That class had gotten up to the point of looking at second-order Peano Arithmetic, which is a natural jumping off point for looking at the logic […]

Upcoming Features and Blog Update

April 25, 2017
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Blog Update: Things are going fairly well here at the blog, though lately we’ve been posting a bit less than usual. Fortunately, that hasn’t stopped our traffic from picking up. As of today (April 26, 2017) we are closing in on 300k hits! Over the past 3 months we’ve seen our largest flow of traffic […]

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Philosopher-Scientists, Scientist-Philosophers and Philosopher- Philosophers: An Exercise in Futurology

April 17, 2017
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Futurology comprises the study of possible futures and, as such, it is a cheap thing: it does not require much to speculate about how things can be in the years to come. Futurology also produces inaccurate predictions most of the time, which could render this post useless. Nevertheless, here I am concerned with the future […]

Cognitive Dissonance and Philosophy

April 5, 2017
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I want to first give credit to the authors of “Mistakes Were Made (but not by me)” – Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Their talk of cognitive dissonance and the metaphor of the ‘pyramid of choice’ has inspired my comments below. Although the ideas in this book have obvious ramifications for psychology, psychotherapy, political science, […]

Teaching as a Grad Student: Logic mid-Semester

March 13, 2017
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This is the third installment of our occasional series: Teaching as a Grad Student. In the first installment, I discussed preparing to teach for the first time, as well as my first couple of weeks teaching logic. In the second installment, Alison discussed her experiences teaching philosophy of science. We’re just past the half-way point […]