Facts & Sincerely Held Beliefs

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/480488321 The Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States raised numerous issues including a rather interesting one regarding beliefs and facts.
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/480488321 The Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States raised numerous issues including a rather interesting one regarding beliefs and facts. [More]

Science Is Not About Certainty

Has science forsaken philosophy? Moving beyond data and certainty, ancient scientists like Anaximander built a vision of the world…
Has science forsaken philosophy? Moving beyond data and certainty, ancient scientists like Anaximander built a vision of the world… [More]

Checking ‘Check Your Privilege”

As a philosopher, I became familiar with the notion of the modern political concept of privilege as a graduate student—sometimes in classes, but sometimes in being lectured by other students about
As a philosopher, I became familiar with the notion of the modern political concept of privilege as a graduate student—sometimes in classes, but sometimes in being lectured by other students about [More]

Environmental philosophy conferences: To fly, or not to fly?

Can one justify, as an environmentally-minded philosopher, flying to conferences on environmental philosophy? First, let me make clear that the issue of whether or not one takes individual actions,
Can one justify, as an environmentally-minded philosopher, flying to conferences on environmental philosophy? First, let me make clear that the issue of whether or not one takes individual actions, [More]

Religion as helpful precaution

http://econjwatch.org/articles/religion-heuristics-and-intergenerational-risk-management Colleagues may find this article of mine, co-authored with Nassim Taleb, of interest. Suitably-provocative,
http://econjwatch.org/articles/religion-heuristics-and-intergenerational-risk-management Colleagues may find this article of mine, co-authored with Nassim Taleb, of interest. Suitably-provocative, [More]

The Lonely Philosopher

We might nonetheless explore the public image of the philosopher for curiosity’s sake. Atop his many perceived qualities sits his isolation from his scholarly brethren; we appear to conceive of him somehow distanced from the scientist, the historian, and the poet. This disparity is for some based in philosophy’s purported lack of substance, manifest in its scholars’ deficiency in anything by the way of economic utility. [More]

Dreams of reason

Is contemporary philosophy too dry and technical for your taste? The ancient Greeks felt the same way. Anthony Gottlieb explains…
Is contemporary philosophy too dry and technical for your taste? The ancient Greeks felt the same way. Anthony Gottlieb explains… [More]

GM Food: Three Essential Considerations: Framing, Evidence, Precaution

[This article was co-authored by Phil Hutchinson myself. It appeared earlier this summer in THE PHILOSOPHER'S MAGAZINE. For those of you who missed it in print, here it is belatedly online. Note: in
[This article was co-authored by Phil Hutchinson myself. It appeared earlier this summer in THE PHILOSOPHER'S MAGAZINE. For those of you who missed it in print, here it is belatedly online. Note: in [More]

Kant confusion

What would Kant do? When we apply his maxims to ethical quandaries, they seem contradictory, incoherent, a mess. But not all hope is lost…
What would Kant do? When we apply his maxims to ethical quandaries, they seem contradictory, incoherent, a mess. But not all hope is lost… [More]

Anyone Home?

As I tell my students, the metaphysical question of personal identity has important moral implications. One scenario I present is that of a human in what seems to be a persistent vegetative state. I
As I tell my students, the metaphysical question of personal identity has important moral implications. One scenario I present is that of a human in what seems to be a persistent vegetative state. I [More]