New empirical studies on epistemic contextualism

Epistemic contextualism is the view that the verb “know” is a context sensitive expression. As a first approximation, epistemic contextualism states that in order for us to truthfully say a person
Epistemic contextualism is the view that the verb “know” is a context sensitive expression. As a first approximation, epistemic contextualism states that in order for us to truthfully say a person [More]

Fundraising effort to support fired faculty at Mount St. Mary’s

As I discussed earlier, two faculty members at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland were fired earlier this week for “disloyalty” to the institution. For the latest on this
As I discussed earlier, two faculty members at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland were fired earlier this week for “disloyalty” to the institution. For the latest on this [More]

Statement of Protest Regarding Faculty Firings at Mount St. Mary’s University

I taught for several years at Mount St. Mary’s University, where Thane Naberhaus, a (tenured) professor of philosophy, was abruptly fired yesterday afternoon for his role in opposing a plan to
I taught for several years at Mount St. Mary’s University, where Thane Naberhaus, a (tenured) professor of philosophy, was abruptly fired yesterday afternoon for his role in opposing a plan to [More]

Session on “Belief and Reasoning” at the Minds Online Conference

This month at the Brains blog we are hosting an online conference in the philosophy of mind, and this week’s session on Belief and Reasoning is likely to be of interest to the audience at
This month at the Brains blog we are hosting an online conference in the philosophy of mind, and this week’s session on Belief and Reasoning is likely to be of interest to the audience at [More]

What do you want to do with that? Answers from philosophers outside the academy

What do you want to do with that? Call for Participation October 23-24, 2015 Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich Philosophers are everywhere—-in private industry, nonprofit
What do you want to do with that? Call for Participation October 23-24, 2015 Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, LMU Munich Philosophers are everywhere—-in private industry, nonprofit [More]

Rationality is permissibility

Many philosophers seem to think that – even if the notions of a belief’s being “justified” or “rational” are indeed normative notions, as is widely held to be the case – to say that a belief is
Many philosophers seem to think that – even if the notions of a belief’s being “justified” or “rational” are indeed normative notions, as is widely held to be the case – to say that a belief is [More]

Are Eternalist Worlds Too Valuable?

Suppose for the sake of discussion that (1) is true. I have no idea whether there are worlds in which there are just 100 happy people, but it does simplify the discussion. 1. w includes 100 happy
Suppose for the sake of discussion that (1) is true. I have no idea whether there are worlds in which there are just 100 happy people, but it does simplify the discussion. 1. w includes 100 happy [More]

Are Eternalist Worlds are Too Valuable?

Let a possible world w include 100 happy people that exist for 10 minutes and then cease existing. 1. w includes 100 happy people existing for 10 minutes only. The value of w, I think, is ten times
Let a possible world w include 100 happy people that exist for 10 minutes and then cease existing. 1. w includes 100 happy people existing for 10 minutes only. The value of w, I think, is ten times [More]

Mere Addition

Stephen Grover offers an interesting version of the Mere Addition Paradox (‘Mere Addition and the Best of all Possible Worlds’, Religious Studies, 1999) against Swinburne’s brief
Stephen Grover offers an interesting version of the Mere Addition Paradox (‘Mere Addition and the Best of all Possible Worlds’, Religious Studies, 1999) against Swinburne’s brief [More]

Evil and Compatibilism

There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if
There is widespread belief that compatibilism + theism cannot offer a credible solution to the logical problem of evil. Why does anyone believe that? I think they’re reasoning this way: if [More]