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Filed Under:Academics / Philosophy
Posts on Regator:4561
Posts / Week:16
Archived Since:February 15, 2009

Blog Post Archive

On Books and Gratitude

Occasionally, Robert Paul Wolff says something at his blog that I agree with completely, for instance: To an extent I did not anticipate when I set out on life’s path, books have provided many of the joys and satisfactions I...

On Blaming the Victim

A reader wants my thoughts regarding the following hypothetical scenarios. I own a modestly nice car, say, a 2014 Honda Accord with some bells and whistles. I treat it fairly well, ensuring that it receives in a timely fashion all.....

Zygotic Division: Was I Once a Zygote?

Here is yet another entry from the now-defunct Powerblogs site. It is pretty good, I think, and deserves to be kept online.............. Have I been in existence as one and the same human individual from conception on? Of course,...

Orwellian Mendacity and Blatant Distortion at The New York Times

Left-wing bias at the NYT is nothing new, of course, but the following opening paragraph of a July 8th editorial is particularly egregious. But before I quote it, let me say that the problem is not that the editors have...

Seeing and Reading: More on Marcelo Gleiser's Physics-Driven Pseudo Philosophy

This entry takes up where I left off yesterday. R. Crozat, responding to yesterday's post, e-mails: I agree that philosophy is tasked to evaluate the philosophical claims of scientists. Your post on Professor Gleiser does the job. In addition to...

This Just Now In: There is no Now! More Bad Philosophy from a Physicist

One of the tasks of philosophy is to expose bad philosophy. Scientists pump out quite a lot of it. Physicists are among the worse. I have given many examples. Here is another one. Let's get to work. Dartmouth physicist Marcelo...

The Dirty and the Funny

The muse of philosophy must have visited my otherwise undistinguished classmate Dolores back in the fifth grade. The topic was dirty jokes and that we should not tell them or listen to them. "But sister," Dolores piped up, "what if....

You First!

Those who write that there is too much writing ought to heed the advice implied by their complaint. But of course they don't and they won't. Related articles Epicurus Has Some Sex Advice for General Petraeus, et al. The Parable...

D. M. Armstrong on Religion

(Photo credit: David Chalmers via Andrew Chrucky) I posted on Armstrong's naturalism yesterday, and that got me to thinking whether he ever said anything anywhere about religion. A little searching turned up the following 2002 interview of Armstrong by Andrew...

A Sketch of Armstrong's Naturalism and Why I am not a Naturalist

The late David Malet Armstrong has a serious claim to being Australia's greatest philosopher. His life work is summed up in his Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics (Oxford UP, 2010). It is from the Introduction to this slim volume that...

Of Hurt and Humor

Don't tell a hurtful joke and expect the victim to appreciate the humor while abstracting from the hurtfulness.

The Gender Academy

In his latest NRO column, Spencer Case argues that "The feminist left is politicizing philosophy." I would add that this is but a special case of the general truth that the Left politicizes everything. Some related posts of mine: Th...

Lukas Novak on Reference to What is Not

Our Czech friend Lukas Novak sent me a paper in which, drawing upon John Duns Scotus, he rejects the following principle of reference: (PR) It is impossible to refer to that which is not. In this entry I will first...

Arguments Don't Have Testicles

The Supreme Court justices in the majority in the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision are all male: Alito, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Kennedy. If someone seeks to discredit their decision on that ground, say this: Arguments don't have testicles! If the...

Semi-Annual Twilight Zone Marathon Starts Tomorrow!

Schedule here. The hard-driving Serling lived a short but intense life. Born in 1924, he was dead at age 50 in 1975. His four pack a day cigarette habit destroyed his heart. Imagine smoking 80 Lucky Strikes a day! Assuming...

Anti-Left Links

The Left's Central Delusion How Obama Lost the Middle East Our man Spencer Case's latest: How Obama Sided with the Muslim Brotherhood Sobby Lobby. More quotations that show that all-too-many high-placed liberals are morally obtuse, intellectually deficient liars.

Robert Paul Wolff's Misunderstanding of the Hobby Lobby Decision

Professor Wolff of The Philosopher's Stone writes, When we got back to our apartment, I turned on my computer to check the news, and learned of the pair of decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. That both decisions are...

The Case for Nicotine

Nicotine is the main psychoactive ingredient in tobacco, and a most delightful and useful ingredient it is, especially for us Luftmenschen. I am thinking of the chess players who make Luft, not war, and of the philosophers whose thoughts are...

Peter Unger Introduces a Central Thesis of his New Book, Empty Ideas: A Critique of Analytric Philosophy

Here, via Dave Lull. The comments, as one ought to expect, are not very good. Here as elsewhere, and to exaggerate a bit, the best arguments against an open combox are the contents of one. I have read large chunks...

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