Sometimes, one person comes up with an idea, but the idea later comes to commonly be attributed to someone else. When has this happened in philosophy? (more…)
“People’s intuitive judgments about thought experiment cases are influenced by all kinds of irrelevant factors… the issue of intuitive expertise in moral philosophy is anything but settled.”
“Analytic philosophy suffers from a triple failure of confidence, especially among younger philosophers.” (more…)
A new study looks at correlations between professional philosophers’ philosophical views and their psychological traits, religious beliefs, political views, demographic information, and other characteristics. (more…)
If you ask a person on the street what philosophy is about, that person may respond with… (more…)
Last week, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed its rover, Perserverance, on Mars. It is the latest in a series of human efforts now spanning six decades to physically explore and travel to parts of the the universe beyond our terrestrial home. Scientific and engineering matters tend to dominate public discussion of these efforts, yet..
“It is often not a good idea to simplify the history of ideas in order to fit a modern agenda.” (more…)
“I find no good reason to think that philosophers today do philosophy better than philosophers 600 or 2000 years ago.” (more…)
What do philosophers know that others don’t? This post intiates an occasional series that asks philosophers to engage with the “conventional wisdom” on various topics by sharing strongly-supported or widely-held philosophical insights and ideas about them.
How does Wikipedia “see” philosophy? (more…)
“Modeling and computer simulations, we claim, should be considered core philosophical methods.” (more…)
Suppose you could ask a dead philosopher one question. Who would you ask, and what would you ask them? (more…)
There seems to be a very general pattern whereby the tensions in people’s intuitions tend to be surprisingly stable across both demographic groups and situations. (more…)
To whom are we as philosophers speaking and responding; whom do we judge as being worthy of dialogue and, hopefully, our intellectual contributions? (more…)
I think the contemporary scene is thriving. But you still run into critics of metaphysics. I find these critics genuinely puzzling. Let me try to explain why. (more…)
“When I began writing this essay, public health-minded folks were arguing that social distancing is morally required, and expressing dismay at the pictures of partiers and beach-goers that surfaced after Memorial Day weekend. Just a couple weeks later, however, attention had shifted to the nationwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality, which was supp..
When you go looking for patterns in over 32,000 academic philosophy articles, what will you learn? (more…)
Galen Barry, assistant professor of philosophy at Iona College, writes in with a question for Daily Nous readers. (more…)
Jef Delvaux, a Ph.D. student in philosophy at York University, has undertaken the project of putting together a bibliography of writings by philosophers about the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues. (more…)
“I find the usual story exaggerated, incomplete, and mistaken in various ways.” (more…)
“The question I regularly encountered, and still do, is: Is that still Philosophy?” (more…)
In a previous post, I asked for suggestions from readers for topics related to the pandemic to post about and discuss here. One suggestion, from Jonathan Fuller (Pittsburgh), was the role of philosophy and philosophers during the pandemic. In the following guest post*, Alex Broadbent, Dean of Faculty of the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of Instit..
In this, the last post in our series of underappreciated writing of the past 50 years, we turn to 2010-2019. (more…)
Our series of posts on underappreciated writings of the past 50 years moves to the 2000s. (more…)
Continuing our series of underappreciated philosophical writing of the past 50 years, we turn now to the 1990s. (more…)
Last week we began a decade-by-decade series on underappreciated philosophical writing of the past 50 years. (more…)