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Perfectionism in Moral and Political Philosophy
15 Dec 2017 | 8:18 pm CET
[Revised entry by Steven Wall on December 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Perfectionism has acquired a number of meanings…
Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World
15 Dec 2017 | 2:36 am CET
2017.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford Univers…
Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don't read widely. Most work is middling and should be ignored
15 Dec 2017 | 2:05 am CET
Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don't read widely. Most work is middling and should be igno…
Darwin was wrong,” says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history of anything
15 Dec 2017 | 1:33 am CET
“Darwin was wrong,” says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history…
“I write because I hate,” said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical vision
15 Dec 2017 | 1:02 am CET
“I write because I hate,” said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philos…
Tenure Track Position in Philosophy of Science
14 Dec 2017 | 9:59 pm CET
Job List:  Americas Name of institution: …
Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking
14 Dec 2017 | 8:27 pm CET
[Revised entry by Katherine Brading, Elena Castellani, and Nicholas Teh on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Symme…
Wittgenstein's Logical Atomism
14 Dec 2017 | 7:25 pm CET
[Revised entry by Ian Proops on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although it has few adherents today, logical atomism was onc…
As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victims
14 Dec 2017 | 4:44 am CET
As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victimsContinue reading…
In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation
14 Dec 2017 | 4:43 am CET
2017.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Merold Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation, Indiana Uni…
Video Series: Larry S. Temkin on Peter Singer, Effective Altruism and Our Obligations to the Needy
12 Dec 2017 | 2:19 pm CET
What does Peter Singer’s famous ‘pond example’ tell us about our obligations to the world’s needy? Is rescuing a child drownin…
Philip Pettit on Robustly Demanding Goods
10 Dec 2017 | 7:53 pm CET
In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Nigel Warburton interviews Philip Pettit about the concept of robustly demanding goods. These include…
Video Series: Is AI Racist? Can We Trust it? Interview with Prof. Colin Gavaghan
6 Dec 2017 | 3:25 pm CET
Should self-driving cars be programmed in a way that always protects ‘the driver’? Who is responsible if an AI makes a mistake? Will AI us…
Guest Post: The Real Problem With Human Head Transplantation
4 Dec 2017 | 2:43 pm CET
Written by Michael S. Dauber, MA In 2015, Sergio Canavero announced that he would perform a therapeutic head transplant procedure on a human subject…
Paddington Bear and the Evangelicals
29 Nov 2017 | 10:44 am CET
  By Charles Foster Last night, long after everyone else I know, I went with the kids to see Paddington 2. As everyone agrees, it’s wonderful.
In Defence of Impulsivity
28 Nov 2017 | 11:53 am CET
Written by Dr Rebecca Brown It has become commonplace to identify a lack of impulse control as a major cause of poor health. A popular theory within b…
Cross Post: Sacred Places and Traditions with Lea Ypi
20 Nov 2017 | 2:11 pm CET
Suppose a religious community regards a site – with, say, a stone circle – as sacred. It has for centuries been used as a place of prayer and cont…
Video Series: John Harris Defends Gene-Editing in Human Embryos
15 Nov 2017 | 9:51 am CET
Novel gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas9, allow scientists to make very precise changes in the genome of human embryos. This could prevent…
Super Soldiers, Civ-Mil Relations, and the 21st Century Coriolanus
14 Nov 2017 | 12:09 pm CET
Written by Michael Robillard               “Let me have war, say I: it exceeds peace as far as day does night; it’s spritely, wak…
Criticisms of Ableist Language: Empirical Commitments?
13 Nov 2017 | 2:16 pm CET
Written by Neil Levy As I have discussed previously, there is a growing concern about the use of ‘ableist’ language. Ableism is discrimination on…
2017 Annual Uehiro Lectures in Practical Ethics: Audio Recordings Now Available
13 Nov 2017 | 1:50 pm CET
We were extremely honoured to welcome Professor Larry Temkin (Rutgers University) to Oxford to deliver the 2017 Annual Uehiro Lectures on 6, 8 and 10…
Katalin Farkas on Knowing a Person
6 Nov 2017 | 2:28 pm CET
Philosophers talk about 'knowing that', and 'knowing how'. But what is involved in knowing another person? Katalin Farkas of the Central European Univ…
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…
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…
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…