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To What End? The Moral Value of Compassion

May 1, 2018 by

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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 […]

Second-Personal Attitudes From the Heart (by Stephen Darwall)

April 8, 2015 by

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Stephen Darwall has written a very thoughtful post on a class of reactive attitudes that he dubs “attitudes of the heart”. “Heart”, he writes, “in its customary metaphorical sense to refer to that aspect of the human psyche through which we are heartened or disheartened, inspired or deflated, encouraged or discouraged, filled with hope and […]

Optimistic Skepticism and Forward-Looking Blame

January 8, 2015 by

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Below you can find the post in its entirety. Click here to see the original at flickers of freedom and to join in the discussion if you see fit. OPTIMISTIC SKEPTICISM AND FORWARD-LOOKING BLAME Many philosophers (1) have spent substantial time wrestling with, expanding on, and arguing against the central ideas put forth in P.F. Strawson’s […]

CFP: 2014 Georgetown University Philosophy Conference: Emotions and Emotionality

November 18, 2013 by

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Details “But, oh, to get involved in the exchange / Of human emotions / Is ever so, ever so satisfying.” – Bjork, “Human Behaviour” After decades of neglect, the philosophical study of emotion and related phenomena has witnessed something of a resurgence in the last fifty years. Recent developments in cognitive science and moral psychology […]

Free Will and Love

October 4, 2013 by

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I have argued in the past that Sam Harris needs to read more philosophy. I have said this because Harris, in his book “Free Will“, failed to respond to compatibilist criticisms to the view he was arguing for, criticisms that have been around for quite some time. Harris’ arguments  attempt to prove the thesis that […]