Philosophy Blogs
How well do you know Swami Vivekānanda [quiz]
27 Jun 2017 | 10:52 am CEST
This June, the OUP Philosophy team honors Swami Vivekānanda (born Narendranath Datta, 1863–1902) as their Philosopher of the Month. Born in Calcutt…
The search for ecstasy. In 1960 an estimated 20 percent of Americans said they'd had a mystical experience. Now it's 50 percent
27 Jun 2017 | 4:47 am CEST
The search for ecstasy. In 1960 an estimated 20 percent of Americans said they'd had a mystical experience. Now it's 50 percentContinue reading . . .
The essay, that most elegant and slippery of forms, resists being pinned down. Its strength derives from a “combination of exactitude and evasion”
27 Jun 2017 | 4:15 am CEST
The essay, that most elegant and slippery of forms, resists being pinned down. Its strength derives from a “combination of exactitude and evasio…
Is a tome three feet wide by two feet high a book? What about one with an embedded digital clock? Or a suitcase filled with lithographs?
27 Jun 2017 | 3:44 am CEST
Is a tome three feet wide by two feet high a book? What about one with an embedded digital clock? Or a suitcase filled with lithographs?Continue readi…
A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos
27 Jun 2017 | 2:42 am CEST
2017.06.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Geraint F. Lewis and Luke A. Barnes, A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned…
Justice
26 Jun 2017 | 4:34 pm CEST
[New Entry by David Miller on June 26, 2017.] The idea of justice occupies centre stage both in ethics, and in legal and political philosophy. We app…
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 - a chance to meet some of our interviewees
26 Jun 2017 | 12:44 pm CEST
Angela Hobbs on Plato, Democracy, and Demagoguery Nigel Warburton will be interviewing Philosophy Bites interviewee Angie Hobbs at 11am on Saturday 1s…
If economists aren't questioning the effectiveness of economic theory, they should be. Simply put: Their claim to scientific expertise is no longer tenable
26 Jun 2017 | 5:23 am CEST
If economists aren't questioning the effectiveness of economic theory, they should be. Simply put: Their claim to scientific expertise is no longer te…
Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason
26 Jun 2017 | 5:22 am CEST
2017.06.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Penelope Deutscher, Foucault's Futures: A Critique of Reproductive Reason, Columb…
The brief rise of "prince poo." How the Enlightenment's sensory awakening reached its apex (or nadir) during a French craze for garments the color of baby poop
26 Jun 2017 | 4:51 am CEST
The brief rise of "prince poo." How the Enlightenment's sensory awakening reached its apex (or nadir) during a French craze for garments the color of…
Bernard-Henri Lévy can barely read Hebrew and hasn't devoted much time or energy to studying Judaism. That hasn't stopped him from writing a book of pronouncements on the topic
26 Jun 2017 | 4:19 am CEST
Bernard-Henri Lévy can barely read Hebrew and hasn't devoted much time or energy to studying Judaism. That hasn't stopped him from writing a bo…
Targeted Killing and Black Boxes
20 Jun 2017 | 11:27 am CEST
Written By Mitt Regan and Michael Robillard             Various aspects of the US targeted killing program have attracted considerable att…
The non-identity problem of professional philosophers
18 Jun 2017 | 2:01 am CEST
By Charles Foster Philosophers have a non-identity problem. It is that they are not identified as relevant by the courts. This, in an age where fundin…
Using AI to Predict Criminal Offending: What Makes it ‘Accurate’, and What Makes it ‘Ethical’.
16 Jun 2017 | 7:22 pm CEST
Jonathan Pugh Tom Douglas   The Durham Police force plans to use an artificial intelligence system to inform decisions about whether or not to ke…
Announcement: James Williams wins Innovative Thinking prize
15 Jun 2017 | 3:18 pm CEST
OUC affiliated student, James Williams, has been awarded the inaugural $100,000 Nine Dots Prize. Williams, a doctoral candidate researching design eth…
Guest Post: Crispr Craze and Crispr Cares
14 Jun 2017 | 9:50 am CEST
Written by Robert Ranisch, Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tuebingen @RobRanisch Newly discovered tools for the targeted e…
Article Announcement:Which lives matter most? Thinking about children who are not yet born confronts us with the question of our ethical obligations to future people.
13 Jun 2017 | 11:30 am CEST
Professor Dominic Wilkinson and Keyur Doolabh have recently published a provocative essay at Aeon online magazine: Imagine that a 14-year-old girl, Ka…
Video Series: Peter Singer on Vegetarianism
12 Jun 2017 | 12:17 pm CEST
Is it okay to eat one hamburger per year? Is it acceptable to eat a hamburger made from a  ‘happy cow’? The production of crops may result in mo…
Cross Post: Italy has introduced mandatory vaccinations – other countries should follow its lead
6 Jun 2017 | 11:45 am CEST
Written by Alberto Giubilini This article was originally published on The Conversation  In the first four months of this year, around 1,500 cases of…
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…
The Campaign Trail as a Carnival of Virtues
3 Jun 2017 | 12:02 am CEST
by Andreas Kappes @AnKappes Imagine you are asked to evaluate candidates who apply for a job. The person who gets the job will interact with you a lot…
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…
Agreement and disagreement about experimental treatment. The Charlie Gard Appeal
22 May 2017 | 10:30 am CEST
by Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu @Neonatalethics @juliansavulescu Tomorrow, the UK Court of Appeal will review the controversial case of a Br…
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…
Andy Clark on the Extended Mind
18 Mar 2017 | 1:23 pm CET
Does your mind extend beyond your skull? Andy Clark, who developed the theory of the extended mind with David Chalmers thinks it does. He explains the…
Eileen John on Art and Morality
1 Mar 2017 | 4:39 pm CET
The relation between art and morality is complex. Eileen John explores some of the ways that art, and literature in particular, can explore questions…
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…