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The Unity of Science
16 Aug 2017 | 4:42 pm CEST
[Revised entry by Jordi Cat on August 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The topic of unity in the sciences can be explored through the…
Trump’s White Nationalists, Again
16 Aug 2017 | 4:11 pm CEST
On the face of it, condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis is one of the politically easiest things to do. Trump, however, seems incapable of enga…
Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World
16 Aug 2017 | 6:04 am CEST
2017.08.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes (eds.), Embodiment, Enaction, a…
A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The Summer of Love was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, too
16 Aug 2017 | 4:01 am CEST
A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The Summer of Love was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, tooC…
Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of artistic perfection
16 Aug 2017 | 3:30 am CEST
Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of artistic perfectionContinu…
Michiko Kakutani– feared, respected, mercurial – is stepping away from her role at The Times. Is this the dawn of a new age of book reviewing?
16 Aug 2017 | 2:59 am CEST
Michiko Kakutani– feared, respected, mercurial – is stepping away from her role at The Times. Is this the dawn of a new age of book review…
Does Female Genital Mutilation Have Health Benefits? The Problem with Medicalizing Morality
15 Aug 2017 | 4:46 pm CEST
Does Female Genital Mutilation Have Health Benefits? The Problem with Medicalizing Morality By Brian D. Earp (@briandavidearp) * Please note: this pi…
Victor Stenger: Nuthin’ to Explain
15 Aug 2017 | 8:14 am CEST
This is a guest article by the late Victor J Stenger, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy a…
Communists are unlikely entrepreneurs. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ignore the bottom line
15 Aug 2017 | 4:11 am CEST
Communists are unlikely entrepreneurs. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ig…
What the Present Debate About Autonomous Weapons is Getting Wrong
15 Aug 2017 | 3:59 am CEST
Author: Michael Robillard Many people are deeply worried about the prospect of autonomous weapons systems (AWS). Many of these worries are merely cont…
Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also everyday atheists: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of obscenity laws 
15 Aug 2017 | 3:40 am CEST
Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also everyday atheists: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of ob…
He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund Freud?
15 Aug 2017 | 3:08 am CEST
He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund…
We are Hiring: Research Fellow in Bioethics & Research Fellow in Neuroethics
11 Aug 2017 | 10:23 am CEST
We are delighted to announce two new vacancies at the new Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethic…
Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules
7 Aug 2017 | 3:46 am CEST
Alberto Giubilini Republished from Aeon Magazine It’s a common enough scenario. A vegetarian has been invited to a friend’s place for dinner. The…
NIgel Warburton speaking at Blackwell's Bookshop Oxford 11am Saturday 5th August (free event)
1 Aug 2017 | 4:24 pm CEST
Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy At 11am on Saturday August 5th, Nigel Warburton will be giving a talk about his book A Little Histor…
Animal Welfare, Reducing Meat Consumption and the Instrumental Use of Moral Reasons
1 Aug 2017 | 4:26 am CEST
Author: Rebecca Brown In this post, I consider how moral reasons may be used instrumentally – that is, to bring about some desired end. I take as an…
Can we trust research in science and medicine?
26 Jul 2017 | 8:50 pm CEST
By Brian D. Earp  (@briandavidearp) Readers of the Practical Ethics Blog might be interested in this series of short videos in which I discuss s…
Hard lessons: learning from the Charlie Gard case
24 Jul 2017 | 11:56 pm CEST
by Dominic Wilkinson and Julian Savulescu   On the 24th July 2017, the long-running, deeply tragic and emotionally fraught case of Charlie Gard r…
Press Release – “The Worst Outcome” Prof Dominic Wilkinson
24 Jul 2017 | 6:20 pm CEST
This afternoon the long-running, deeply tragic and emotionally fraught legal dispute over treatment of Charlie Gard reached its sad and sadly inevitab…
Press Release – “Vale Charlie” Prof Julian Savulescu
24 Jul 2017 | 5:19 pm CEST
Vale Charlie At some point in all of our lives, we have to let go. One can only admire Connie Yates and Chris Gard who fought so hard for Charlie. …
Medical tourism for controversial treatment options
19 Jul 2017 | 6:54 pm CEST
By Dominic Wilkinson   Baby C’s parents had done their research. They had read widely about different options for C and had clear views about w…
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 - a chance to meet some of our interviewees
26 Jun 2017 | 12:44 pm CEST
Nigel Warburton on A Little History of Philosophy At 11am on Saturday Auygust 5th, Nigel Warburton will be giving a talk about his book A Little Histo…
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…