Born This Day: Daniel C. Dennett

b. 1942 Dennett is a philosopher of science who has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects including free will, consciousness, intentionality, Darwinism, and religion. He is known primarily for his groundbreaking book Darwin's Dangerous Idea in which he attempts to establish a philosophi... [More]

Born This Day: Corliss Lamont

1902 – 1995 Corliss Lamont is known as a vocal humanist, socialist, and defender of civil liberties. Frequently the target of the United States government, Lamont took many issues before the courts some reaching the Supreme Court. His phones were tapped by the FBI and his tax returns and cancelled ... [More]

Born This Day: Antonio Rosmini

1797-1855 Antonio Rosmini-Serbati was a part of the Italian Idealist movement and focused his work on repairing the damage done by the Enlightenment to religious belief -- an emphasis that was very popular in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. Rosmini can be seen as a part of the tradition of Kan... [More]

New Plantinga Fellow Announced

Baylor University’s Bob Roberts as named as Notre Dame University’s Plantinga Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion. Roberts received his Ph.D. from Yale and specializes in ethics (especially virtues), Kierkegaard, emotion theory, moral psychology, and epistemology. His books include: Emo... [More]

Four philosophers--and one psychologist--you've never heard of (but should know)

Even if you’re not a professional philosopher, you’ve heard of Plato and Kant and probably Russell and Descartes because of their enormous influence on just about everything academic. But what about great thinkers that rarely show up in introductory philosophy courses?
Even if you’re not a professional philosopher, you’ve heard of Plato and Kant and probably Russell and Descartes because of their enormous influence on just about everything academic. But what about great thinkers that rarely show up in introductory philosophy courses? [More]

Recent Book Calls for Reclassifying Works of Heidegger

A new book with the unambiguous title, Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism into Philosophy in Light of the Unpublished Seminars of 1933-1935 apparently breaks new ground in identifying Heidegger much more strongly with Nazism. In the book the author, “appeals to his readers to recognize ‘the vital... [More]

Helen Brown Talks to Slavoj Žižek for the Telegraph

“Spluttering, lisping and pawing frantically at his face, he can spin you from Heidegger to Hershey bars (by way of Hitchcock and Hizbollah) in synapse-shortcircuiting seconds. He is, by turns, a brilliant and buffoonish critic of global capitalism. Once he winds himself into an intellectual whirlwi... [More]

St. Olaf Focuses on Kierkegaard

From their website: More than 160 scholars, pastors, and those who are simply fans of the 19th-century Danish philosopher flocked to campus for the largest meeting of Kierkegaard scholars in history. The Sixth International Kierkegaard Conference drew attendees from all over the globe to examin... [More]

Descartes Letter Back in the Hands of the French

An undergraduate at Haverford College discovered—or rather uncovered—a letter the famous philosopher wrote to Count Guglielmo Libri Carucci dalla Sommaja about his most famous opus, Meditations on First Philosophy. The letter was a part of a number of items stolen by the infamous scientist and will ... [More]

Philosophers as “Public Intellectuals”

In a recent article for IrishTimes.com, Paul Gillespie explores the work of Jürgen Habermas and the role the man has played as cultural polemicist. Gillespie focuses on Habermas (who he calls “one of the worlds leading philosophers”) as purveyor of the “critical theory agenda” in which the philosoph... [More]