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The Daily Owl 3-18-2014
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.

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On Post-Christian Sexual Ethics
Sexuality, if it’s to have meaning culturally, has to be rooted in what the human person is if we’re to avoid barbarism. I'm not sure, though, whether a meaningful anthropology—one that adequately provides a basis for sexual expression without devolving into barbarism—is impossible on naturalism.
Where Do You Belong? Divergent and Plato's Republic
Hollywood loves turning books into movies. So what would Plato’s The Republic look like on the big screen? I would wager money it would look something similar to the movie Divergent.
Evolution and the Extent of Explanatory Power
While I think many explanatory models built on evolutionary frameworks are very informative and explanatorily sufficient, I’m pretty skeptical of current attempts to develop a grand evolutionary history that is based around reverse-engineering phenotypes to genotypes and genotypes to pre-historic precursors to modern biological functions.

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Question about Mind - Allen Stairs responds
Hello, My name is Kyle, I'm a physics student. I have zero training in philosophy, save for an introductory philosophy course in my freshman year. I've been thinking about something quite
Question about Profession - Allen Stairs responds
Should philosophers be able to speak as well as they write? For most people, speech is a more common form of communication in day to day life than the printed text so it bothers me whenever I watch
Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates
2014.10.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nikolaj J. L. L. Pedersen and Cory D. Wright (eds.), Truth and Pluralism: Current Debates, Oxford University Press, 2013, 353pp.,
Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique
2014.10.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Markus Seidel, Epistemic Relativism: A Constructive Critique, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 284pp., $105.00 (hbk), ISBN

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altUnlocking the Tension Between Faith and Reason
Essays that explore the relationship between faith and reason, religion and science, existentialism and rationality, the good and the bad – a rose by any other name . . .


altThe Gettier Problem: A Study 
In this series, Paul looks at the seemingly intractable “Gettier Problem” and proposes that we focus on the belief condition as a way to solve it. 

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Essays on important philosophical topics written in a way that even philosophers can understand. Hosted by Richard Pimentel.

altWhat’s Happening in Philosophy
Classic PNS essays on current events in philosophy. Since these are about the past, perhaps this feature should be called “What Happened in Philosophy.”


First, Philosophy

2606-Jenn-1x1-125pxWhat is Philosophy? In this article, we take a stab at describing what philosophy is and what philosophers do. Our goal is to give a brief primer on the topic for those who aren’t quite sure what this abstract discipline is all about.

Stylized_EyeThe Value of Philosophy. If you’ve never studied philosophy before, you may not be quite sure why you should. In this article I explain why philosophy has been so important to me and how it is a critical discipline for any of us who cares about the life of the mind.

Grunge_Knowledge_sm What is Knowledge? Knowledge is at the root of many challenges we face in a given day. Once you get past basic survival, we’re confronted with knowledge issues on almost every front. We make knowledge decisions all day, every day and some of those decisions deeply impact our lives and the lives of those around us.


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