Neutral Good

My previous essays on alignments have focused on the evil ones (lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil). Patrick Lin requested this essay. He professes to be a devotee of Neutral Evil to such a
My previous essays on alignments have focused on the evil ones (lawful evil, neutral evil and chaotic evil). Patrick Lin requested this essay. He professes to be a devotee of Neutral Evil to such a [More]

Call for Submissions: Paradise Project Essay Proposal Contest

Submissions are invited for The Paradise Project Essay Proposal Contest. Authors of winning essay proposals will have expenses paid to present full drafts of their essays at a Project Conference on
Submissions are invited for The Paradise Project Essay Proposal Contest. Authors of winning essay proposals will have expenses paid to present full drafts of their essays at a Project Conference on [More]

Is Philosophy Relevant in an Age of Science?

Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video.
Criticizing philosophy has become de rigueur even among (former) philosophers these days. The main gist of these criticisms is that philosophy hasn't and can't keep up with the hard sciences in the knowledge-acquisition game. Our friends over at the Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) took this problem to the debate floor in a recent video. [More]

Buffer Zones & Consistency

In the summer of 2014, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law that forbid protesters from approaching within 35 feet of abortion clinics. The buffer zone law was
In the summer of 2014, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts law that forbid protesters from approaching within 35 feet of abortion clinics. The buffer zone law was [More]

Call for Papers-Logos 2015: Religious Experience

May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine;
May 7-9, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame Religious experience is central to religious faith and practice. It often serves as evidence for belief; it contributes to the development of doctrine; [More]

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]