Susanna Siegel Blogging

At the Brains Blog, on topics of interest to epistemologists. A list of her posts can be found here. … Continue reading
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At the Brains Blog, on topics of interest to epistemologists. A list of her posts can be found here.

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Kidney-Equivalent Donations

There's an interesting post over at the EA forums advocating live kidney donation as an effective way to do a lot of good.  The authors estimate that kidney donation to start a donor
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There's an interesting post over at the EA forums advocating live kidney donation as an effective way to do a lot of good.  The authors estimate that kidney donation to start a donor 'chain' could be expected to yield a benefit of approximately 14 quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), with risks to the donor being much smaller than you might expect.  So that's cool.  Not something I'm inclined to do myself, but definitely a cool thing for those who are willing to follow the authors (and GiveWell's Alexander Berger) and go under the knife for their moral beliefs!One thing that really struck me while reading this, though (and that also emerges in the comments to their post) is just how easy it is to do an equal amount of good through well-targeted financial donations.  Though GiveWell caution against putting too much weight on rough quantitative estimates, their top-rated charities appear to work at around $50 per QALY (see, e.g., these unofficial deworming. . .

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Catcalling

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/455658932 For those not familiar with the term, to catcall is to whistle, shout or make a comment of a sexual nature to a person passing by. In general, the term is
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http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/455658932 For those not familiar with the term, to catcall is to whistle, shout or make a comment of a sexual nature to a person passing by. In general, the term is used when the person being harassed is a women, but men can also be subject to such harassment. Thanks to a video documenting a woman’s 10 hours of being catcalled as she walked New York City, catcalling has garnered considerable attention. While it is well known that men catcall, it is less obvious why men engage in this behavior. Some men seem to hold to the view that they have a right to catcall. As one man put it, “if you have a beautiful body, why can’t I say something?” This view seems to have two main parts. The first (“you have a beautiful body”) seems to indicate that the woman is responsible for the response of men because she has a beautiful body. It is, I think, reasonable to accept the idea that beauty, be it in a person or painting, can evoke a response from a viewer. The. . .

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Reading Frege's Grundgesetze

2014.11.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard G. Heck, Jr, Reading Frege's Grundgesetze, Oxford University Press, 2012, 296pp., $61.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199233700.
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2014.11.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Richard G. Heck, Jr, Reading Frege's Grundgesetze, Oxford University Press, 2012, 296pp., $61.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199233700. Reviewed by Marcus Rossberg, University of Connecticut Had it not already been clear to anyone following Richard Heck's work that he is one of the foremost Frege scholars of our time, it would have become hard to deny after the publication of his second book on Frege, only a year after his celebrated Frege's Theorem (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). There is equal cause for celebration regarding Reading Frege's Grundgesetze. One hundred and ten years after the famous and devastating letter in which Russell informs Frege about the paradox now bearing Russell's name, Heck reminds us that there is much to learn from Grundgesetze still. Indeed, Heck's book is a sustained and forceful argument that Grundgesetze is "as Frege himself expected it to be, his greatest achievement" (p.. . .

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The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives

2014.11.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Watkins (ed.), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives, Oxford University Press,
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2014.11.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eric Watkins (ed.), The Divine Order, the Human Order, and the Order of Nature: Historical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2013, 240pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199934409. Reviewed by John Whipple, University of Illinois at Chicago In this collection of specially commissioned essays, Eric Watkins brings together an all-star cast of historians of philosophy, and the results do not disappoint. It is a very fine collection, indeed. The essays are strong considered individually, and they also contribute to a compelling general theme. The theme revolves around the notion of order in its various manifestations -- natural, moral, human, and divine. Watkins suggests -- and the papers in the volume amply demonstrate -- that by focusing on the different forms of order and their relations, a promising narrative can be constructed for understanding the developments in Western philosophy during the modern period.. . .

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Life of Philip Larkin

Any biographer of Philip Larkin faces a hard fact: He had a quiet life. Childhood, school, women, work as a librarian. What’s left is the poetry…
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Any biographer of Philip Larkin faces a hard fact: He had a quiet life. Childhood, school, women, work as a librarian. What’s left is the poetry… more»

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Anonymous’s Activism

Anonymous is a hacker collective of young geeks in funny masks writing faux-revolutionary manifestoes. It’s hardly a serious political movement…
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Anonymous is a hacker collective of young geeks in funny masks writing faux-revolutionary manifestoes. It’s hardly a serious political movement… more»

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E.O.Wilson’s human existence

E.O. Wilson has tried to explain everything: racism, overpopulation, cooperation, religion. Now he’s taking on the meaning of life..
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E.O. Wilson has tried to explain everything: racism, overpopulation, cooperation, religion. Now he’s taking on the meaning of life.. more»

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APA Lecture by Central Division President, Elizabeth Anderson

The American Philosophical Association (APA), along with the University of Delaware (UD)’s Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, UD’s Philosophy Department, and UD’s Women and Gender
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The American Philosophical Association (APA), along with the University of Delaware (UD)’s Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, UD’s Philosophy Department, and UD’s Women and Gender Studies Department, is pleased to announce the APA Lecture, “Social Movements and Moral Progress,” to be presented by Elizabeth S. Anderson (University of Michigan). The APA Lecture, which will draw lessons in moral epistemology from the movement of British abolitionists to end slavery, will be held on the University of Delaware campus on Friday, November 21, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in Gore Hall, room 104. The lecture is free and open to the public.The American Philosophical Association is the leading philosophical learned society in North America, having been founded in 1900 and representing nearly 10,000 members. The APA and the University of Delaware have a long-standing relationship dating back to 1975, when the APA established its national office on the UD campus. Thanks to the university's. . .

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International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Actions: London

Conference Name: International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Actions: London Conference Dates: November 21–25, 2014 Submission Deadline: October 3, 2014 Location: London Flyer:
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Conference Name: International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Actions: London Conference Dates: November 21–25, 2014 Submission Deadline: October 3, 2014 Location: London Flyer: Climate change

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