Thursday, March 05, 2015

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Moral Psychology

Check out this podcast on moral psychology.
Nigel Warburton interviews Walter Sinnott-Armstrong about moral psychology for this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast. Is recent psychological research relevant to moral philosophy? If so, what exactly can it provide?"
philosophy bites: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on Moral Psychology

Monday, March 02, 2015

Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts

We can do better. Our children deserve a consistent intellectual foundation. Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either true or false, evidenced or not. The hard work lies not in recognizing that at least some moral claims are true but in carefully thinking through our evidence for which of the many competing moral claims is correct. That’s a hard thing to do. But we can’t sidestep the responsibilities that come with being human just because it’s hard.
Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts - NYTimes.com

Sunday, February 15, 2015

History from the Early Modern Philosophers

An interview with the philosopher Dan Garber.
Daniel Garber knows philosophy makes some parents go silent and it’s broad enough to encompass everything worth while. He thinks about the history of seventeenth century philosophy, about what makes the early moderns modern, about the giants of the time and what we learn from studying the lesser known ones too, about the importance of Kant to our conception of the early moderns, about Leibniz, about contrasts between Leibniz and Descartes and Spinoza, about the metaphysical schemes of the time, about Descartes and Galileo, about Hobbes and Spinoza, Pascal’s wager, and about x-phi and comparing our present context with the early mods. This one wakes us up to the long years we’ve been travelling…
History from the Early Modern Philosophers » 3:AM Magazine

Friday, February 06, 2015

Luciano Floridi on the Philosophy of Information

The Oxford Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information says methods for discussing the ethics of information technology have been latent in philosophy from its origins.
Luciano Floridi on the Philosophy of Information | Five Books 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Stuart Kauffman on Free Will, God, ESP and Other Mysteries

Few living scientists are as ambitious in their choice of problems as Stuart Kauffman. He is a polymath, with a degree in medicine and training in biochemistry, genetics, physics, philosophy and other fields. He roams across disciplinary boundaries seeking answers to the riddles that obsess him. Why is reality so beautifully structured rather than being a chaotic mess? How probable was life? Is evolution enough to explain life’s origin and diversity? How does a brain make a mind? How do minds choose?
Scientific Seeker Stuart Kauffman on Free Will, God, ESP and Other Mysteries


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

William Molyneux’s thought experiment

Optical connections: William Molyneux’s thought experiment A person, blind from birth, has learned to distinguish between a cube and a sphere by touch. On recovering their sight, would they then be able to distinguish between these objects without first touching them? David Baker investigates.

Optical connections: William Molyneux’s thought experiment

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Philosophy Pays

Don't underestimate the humanities major. A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree.

I think, therefore I … make money! Graduates with philosophy degrees have "higher earnings potential than many other arts and humanities-related fields," said TheRichest. Payscale reports midcareer median salaries are $84,000 for your modern day Kant or Descartes. Why? Well, let's be logical. Which is exactly what philosophy programs require of students … logic. Thinking is hard, it requires analysis, and those who can do it well can get a good job … which is a good philosophy to have.


A philosophy degree earns more than an accounting degree | Top/Best/Most - Yahoo Finance