Russell and Philosophy in Real Life

May 10, 2018
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Bertrand Russell (May 18th 1872-February 2nd 1970) writes in the prologue of his autobiography “What I Have Lived For”: Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and […]

On Patches and Patterns: Local Knowledge and Scientific Success

May 3, 2018
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It’s often said that science strives towards generality, looking for laws and principles about reality that admit of no exceptions, or as few as possible. Some even go as far as saying that unity is a standard of scientific success, that an ideal scientific knowledge would be one simple, unifying, and universal theory of everything. […]

People Aren’t Upset With Michelle Wolf Because She Was Wrong. They’re Upset Because She’s Right.

May 2, 2018
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There seems to be two main categories of disapproval when it comes to Michelle Wolf’s speech at the White House Correspondent Dinner. The first is the predictable faux-outrage by Trump’s army of sycophants. During a more innocent time, their affectations of outrage might have warranted a response. But in the here and now of the […]

To What End? The Moral Value of Compassion

May 1, 2018
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I am excited to get started as a new contributor to A Philosopher’s Take by engaging with a captivating post by APT peer David Boutland (co-authored by Trudy Govier) titled “The Pitfalls of Compassion,”  which touches on the main points of his recent, similarly titled publication (which can be found here). First off, many thanks […]

New Contributor: Olivia Scheyer

April 30, 2018
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Join me in welcoming a new contributor to the fold; Olivia Scheyer obtained her B.A. in philosophy from Tufts University in 2017. Her philosophical interests include bioethics, especially neuroethics and AI, and moral psychology, all of which she is preparing to study further in law school. Find Olivia on twitter @oliviascheyer 

Turning the Metaphysics of Race upside down: Questions for Biological Race Realists

April 27, 2018
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Does race exist? This is the core question in the metaphysics of race debate. In this blog post, I raise some questions to challenge a prominent view on this debate, namely, biological race realism. These challenges reveal how biological race realism is still underdeveloped and susceptible to many criticisms. As we’ll see, we can turn […]

The Pitfalls of Compassion

April 20, 2018
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It has been quite a long time since the last time I posted on A Philosopher’s Take. In that time, I have finished my PhD and my partner and I had our first child, Oliver. But I figure it is time I start getting back to it, and I guess there is no better place […]