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

October 14, 2016
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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 […]

CFA: Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism

October 11, 2016
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Below is a call for abstracts for a conference concerning the consequences of pluralism for scientific knowledge.  The deadline is November 20th.  Looks to be a timely topic given the nature of research occurring at UCalgary and elsewhere.  Check it out! -Alison Scientific Knowledge Under Pluralism 31 March – 1 April 2017 Center for Philosophy […]

Posted in: CFP, Philosophy

Free Speech and Safe Space

September 22, 2016
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I’ve debated for a little while about whether or not to write about the ongoing cultural discussion on “free speech” and “safe space” protections on campuses. Of course, this seems a large and timely topic, given the presence of the University of Chicago letter. (I will come to the Chicago letter a bit late in […]

New Contributor: Celso Neto

September 17, 2016
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I’m pleased to introduce our new contributor, and my very good friend, Celso Neto.  I first met Celso at a workshop last summer in Gut Siggen, Germany  called “Superorganisms, Organisms, and Suborganisms as Biological Individuals: Individuality in the Life Sciences.”  It was at this workshop I learned of his great interest in the concept of […]

Posted in: Miscellaneous

On ‘Ought Implies Can’ in Ethics and Epistemology

August 31, 2016
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I recently got into a discussion about the ‘ought implies can’ (OIC) principle on social media. The poster suggested that he bought the principle in ethics but maybe not in epistemology. Disclaimer: I buy it wholeheartedly in ethics, and I’m inclined to buy it in epistemology as well. But pulling apart OIC in different realms […]

Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy: A Question from a Candidate

August 30, 2016
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Since I am entering the job market this year, I recently signed up for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy.  Job candidates are paired with junior faculty and can also be grouped with other candidates for peer support.  I’m excited to be a part of this program and glad to see a […]

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

August 29, 2016
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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 […]