New Contributor: Joshua Stein

August 12, 2016
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As I’m in the process of moving to the University of Calgary to join the terrific department, part of that process seems to include joining the crew here at A Philosopher’s Take. Justin and Alison suggested I write a short introduction for myself, to give reader’s some context. I am starting as a doctorate-pursuing-person at […]

Just a small rant v.1

August 10, 2016
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Why is there not a ‘punch’ button on Twitter? It would seem incredibly useful to have some way to condemn a tweet rather than giving said tweet a platform by sharing.  In effect, the ridiculousness or stupidity of a tweet would be evident by the number of punches it receives.  One might also punch a […]

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When is Pragmatism Irresponsible?

August 10, 2016
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When is Pragmatism Irresponsible? Perhaps it has to do with a fractured GOP ostensibly headed by a racist demagogue, or a Democratic party at war with half its base while chanting “unity,” but Olivia Goldhill’s month-old article about the immorality of voting one’s conscience is currently remaking the rounds on social media these days. It […]

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New Contributor: Jamie Lombardi

August 9, 2016
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It brings me pleasure to announce another new blogger to the fold here at APT, Jamie Lombardi.  Jamie Lombardi is a graduate student at New York University where she studies Bioethics. Her area of interests lie at the intersection of neuroethics and public policy. I’m looking forward to her posts as we share many of […]

Grinworthy Quotes (12)

July 24, 2016
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Here’s W. V. O. Quine discussing the fact that Frege didn’t adopt a type theoretic approach (like Russell and Whitehead’s) when faced with Russell’s paradox. Actually, it is not to be wondered that Frege did not think of this course, or, thinking of it, adopt it. It was by having all his classes at ground […]

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

July 16, 2016
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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 […]

The Dark Side of Philosophy

July 14, 2016
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I have spent some time thinking, writing and talking about how philosophers have valuable skills that are sorely needed outside academia (see www.mikesteiner.ca for relevant posts). I’ve also provided advice for how philosophers can sell themselves in order to get good jobs in the business world. In general, I’m a fan of philosophy and truly […]