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Is Phenomenology Philosophically Unproductive?

Recently, AskPhilosophers received the following question:

Why is so little phenomenology taught and researched in North American philosophy departments? Because it studies the essence of consciousness is it too continental for your analytic minds? Why must philosophy be categorized so strictly?

Jonathan Westphal (Hampshire College) responded:

I think the a..

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Philosopher Named “MVP”

Chris Surprenant, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of New Orleans, is one of three winners in a nationwide “Most Valuable Professor” competition put on by Questia (a branch of Cengage Learning). As part of the prize, Surprenant will get to select five of his students as recipients of $500 academic scholarships. Surprenant works on moral and politi..

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Duke Philosophers Receive $1.8m Grant

Felipe De Brigard and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, both at Duke University, have received a $1.8 million dollar grant from the John Templeton Foundation to conduct yearly Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) starting in May, 2016. Each SSNAP will be a 15 day long seminar in which neuroscientists and philosophers will learn about each other’s disciplin..

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Heap of Links

1. Greasy spoons and Gricean maxims. (via Gerald Dworkin)
2. The regress problem for consequentialism, robot version.
3. “In a deeper and more troubling way, it is canny and subversive artifice, spiced with a moralistic claim to personal liberation. A tattoo is a personal statement but also an anthropological position that accords with the prevailing transvaluations..

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Nearby Possible “Empty Ideas”

Peter Unger’s new book and recent interview have been in the philosonews a lot lately. Meanwhile, in a nearby possible world…

To start things off, could you say a bit about your book Empty Ideas, and what it’s about?
      Scientists easily get the idea that somehow or other, just by considering things about the world that they glean from observation and experiment..

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