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Elizabeth Bishop had astonishing control and poetic technique. But below the surface was a gushing emotional register. Was she the loneliest person who ever lived?
20 Oct 2017 | 3:26 am CEST
Elizabeth Bishop had astonishing control and poetic technique. But below the surface was a gushing emotional register. Was she the loneliest person wh…
O Niebuhr, Where Art Thou?” He died along with the literate public's interest in theology. Now Christian thought is in a long retreat. It doesn’t have to be that way
20 Oct 2017 | 2:54 am CEST
“O Niebuhr, Where Art Thou?” He died along with the literate public's interest in theology. Now Christian thought is in a long retreat. It…
Unequivocal Justice
20 Oct 2017 | 2:23 am CEST
2017.10.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Freiman, Unequivocal Justice, Routledge, 2017, 157 pp., $140.00 (hbk)…
Poor George Orwell. The bare-knuckled revolutionary has been reduced to a cuddly, bipartisan grandpa. Orwell’s deradicalization has a long and shameless history
19 Oct 2017 | 4:05 am CEST
Poor George Orwell. The bare-knuckled revolutionary has been reduced to a cuddly, bipartisan grandpa. Orwell’s deradicalization has a long and s…
The past should be studied only to expose its failings. Or so goes liberal logic. How disparaging the past become a mark of intellectual respectability
19 Oct 2017 | 3:34 am CEST
The past should be studied only to expose its failings. Or so goes liberal logic. How disparaging the past become a mark of intellectual respectabilit…
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a political writer. But to see life solely in political terms, he believed, is to misunderstand it. The meaning of life lies elsewhere
19 Oct 2017 | 3:03 am CEST
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a political writer. But to see life solely in political terms, he believed, is to misunderstand it. The meaning of life lie…
The Age of Responsibility
19 Oct 2017 | 2:31 am CEST
2017.10.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yascha Mounk, The Age of Responsibility, Harvard University Press, 2017, 280 pp.,…
Many of Alexander Calder's greatest works have their genesis in children’s toys. He was an overgrown man-child with a deep affinity for play

18 Oct 2017 | 9:27 pm CEST
Many of Alexander Calder's greatest works have their genesis in children’s toys. He was an overgrown man-child with a deep affinity for playCont…
Cross Post: Sex Versus Death: Why Marriage Equality Provokes More Heated Debate Than Assisted Dying
18 Oct 2017 | 1:20 pm CEST
Written by Julian Savulescu A version of this article has been published by The Conversation Epicurus wrote: “Death does not concern us, because…
Mathematics and Its Applications, A Transcendental-Idealist Perspective
18 Oct 2017 | 4:15 am CEST
2017.10.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jairo José da Silva, Mathematics and Its Applications, A Transcendental-Idealist…
After a decade of hype, the digital humanities has merely confirmed what should have been obvious all along: More information is not more knowledge
18 Oct 2017 | 3:43 am CEST
After a decade of hype, the digital humanities has merely confirmed what should have been obvious all along: More information is not more knowledgeCon…
A Fundamental Problem with Moral Enhancement
13 Oct 2017 | 7:54 pm CEST
by Joao Fabiano Moral philosophers often prefer to conceive thought experiments, dilemmas and problem cases of single individuals who make one-shot de…
Flu Vaccination for Kids: a Moral Obligation?
12 Oct 2017 | 11:40 am CEST
Written by Ben Bambery and Julian Savulescu Rosie Anderson, aged 8, died from influenza infection last Friday the 15th of September. Her tragic death…
Judges Are Paid To Express Opinions
1 Oct 2017 | 2:01 am CEST
Introduction In a series of five harrowing judgments, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, expressed his frustration with the system…
Cross Post: UK Gene Editing Breakthrough Could Land an Aussie in Jail for 15 Years: Here’s Why Our Laws Need to Catch Up
26 Sep 2017 | 2:31 pm CEST
Written by Dr Christopher Gyngell Research Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and Professor Julian Savulescu Ueh…
Organ Donation: Presumed Consent and Focusing on What Matters
25 Sep 2017 | 12:24 pm CEST
Recent newspaper reports covered the story of Jemima Layzell, a 13 year old who died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 2012. According to reports, short…
Illegal Strikes and Political Obligation – What Reasons Do We Have To Obey The Law?
19 Sep 2017 | 11:13 am CEST
The issue of public sector pay rises has been at the forefront of political discussions in the UK in recent months. The controversy can be traced back…
‘Being a burden’: an Illegitimate Ground For Assisted Dying
4 Sep 2017 | 8:33 pm CEST
The issue of the legality in England and Wales of physician-assisted suicide has recently been revisited by the Divisional Court. Judgment is awaited.
Roger Scruton on Human Nature
29 Aug 2017 | 9:21 pm CEST
Are human beings fundamentally different from other animals? Roger Scruton argues that we are, and that we need to think about ourselves in non-biolog…
Talking Back to Science?
24 Aug 2017 | 1:04 pm CEST
By Stephen Rainey In June 2017, the European Court of Justice ruled that it was legal for a French citizen to sue a drug company for damages following…
Guest Post: Track Authorities Are Wrong To Ban Women With Naturally High Testosterone levels
23 Aug 2017 | 1:34 am CEST
Michael S. Dauber, MA  According to a story by Catherine Caruso published in STAT News this week, authorities at the International Association of…
Anil Seth on the Real Problem of Consciousness
19 Jul 2017 | 12:54 pm CEST
How can we begin to explain the relationship between our brains and our conscious experience? This problem has vexed philosophers, and more recently n…
Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy
26 Jun 2017 | 4:25 pm CEST
Ritual plays a large part in the work of some of the ancient Chinese philosophers. Here Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains the significanc…
Events - Philosophy in the Bookshop - Blackwell's, Oxford
26 Jun 2017 | 12:44 pm CEST
Roger Scruton on Human Nature Nigel Warburton will be interviewing Philosophy Bites interviewee Roger Scruton at 11am on Saturday 2nd September in the…
Women Interviewed on Philosophy Bites
3 Jun 2017 | 12:55 am CEST
Women interviewees on Philosophy Bites updated 20th May 2017 compiled by Seth Adelman Key to numbering: xxx (3 digit number) = Philosophy Bites (inclu…
Aaron Meskin on The Definition of Art
30 May 2017 | 1:55 pm CEST
What is Art? That's not an easy question to answer. Some philosophers even think it can't be answered. Aaron Meskin discusses this question on this ep…
Shelly Kagan on Death and Deprivation
18 Apr 2017 | 5:55 pm CEST
What, if anything, is bad about death, apart from the process of dying? Death often involves deprivation - is that the what makes death bad? Perhaps.
Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann on Disagreement About Taste
18 Apr 2017 | 5:02 pm CEST
People clearly do disagree about aesthetic judgments. But does that mean that when such disagreements occur, at least one of the parties is wrong? Eli…
400 Bites podcast interviews arranged by theme
10 Apr 2017 | 5:04 pm CEST
This list has been compiled by the amazing Seth Adelman. These links should take you to the interviews. To offer comments about this list, please cont…
400 Bites podcast interviews arranged by theme
10 Apr 2017 | 5:03 pm CEST
This list has been compiled by the amazing Seth Adelman. These links should take you to the interviews. To offer comments about this list, please cont…
Charter Schools IV: Profit
14 Jan 2017 | 1:13 am CET
While being a charter school is distinct from being a for-profit school, one argument in favor of charter schools is because they, unlike public schoo…
Charter Schools III: Ideology & Choice
11 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In my prior essay on charter schools, I considered the quality argument. The idea is that charter schools provide a higher qua…
Charter Schools II: Choice & Quality
9 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In the previous essay on charter schools I considered the monopoly argument in their favor. On this view, charter schools brea…
Charter Schools I: Preliminaries & Monopolies
6 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images In November of 2016, president elect Trump selected Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education. While this appointment seems to…
The Return of Sophism
4 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images Scottie Nell Hughes, a Trump surrogate, presented her view of truth on The Diane Rehm Show. As she sees it: Well, I think it…
Post Truth
2 Jan 2017 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images It has been declared, rather dramatically, that this is a post-truth era. In making a case for this, people point to Trump lif…
A Philosopher’s Blog 2016 free on Amazon (12/31/2016-1/4/2017)
30 Dec 2016 | 1:41 pm CET
This book contains essays from the 2016 postings of A Philosopher’s Blog. Subjects range from the metaphysics of guardian angels to the complicated…
Consent of the Governed
30 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
Plato, through the character of Socrates, advances a now classic argument against democracy. When it comes to a matter that requires knowledge and ski…
Out of Body
28 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
When I was young, I had my first out of body experience (OBE for short). While I did not know about them at the time, I later learned that my experien…
The War on Christmas
26 Dec 2016 | 1:00 pm CET
Embed from Getty Images One long standing Christmas tradition at Fox news is perpetuating the mythological war on Christmas. While it is not a self-ev…