Morality and Evolutionary Biology

[Revised entry by William FitzPatrick on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, natural-teleology-ethics.html, notes.html] A recent article in The Economist - sporting the provocative
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[Revised entry by William FitzPatrick on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, natural-teleology-ethics.html, notes.html] A recent article in The Economist - sporting the provocative subtitle "Biology Invades a Field Philosophers Thought was Safely Theirs" - begins with the following rumination:...

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Giambattista Vico

[Revised entry by Timothy Costelloe on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Giovanni Battista Vico (1668 - 1744) spent most of his professional life as Professor of Rhetoric at the University
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[Revised entry by Timothy Costelloe on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Giovanni Battista Vico (1668 - 1744) spent most of his professional life as Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Naples. He was trained in jurisprudence, but read widely in Classics, philology, and philosophy, all of which informed his highly original views on history,...

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Abilities

[Revised entry by John Maier on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In the accounts we give of one another, claims about our abilities appear to be indispensable. Some abilities
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[Revised entry by John Maier on July 23, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In the accounts we give of one another, claims about our abilities appear to be indispensable. Some abilities are so widespread that many who have them take them for granted, such as the ability to walk, or to write one's name, or to tell a hawk from a...

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The Sharing Economy I: Regulation

The rising success of companies such as Airbnd and Uber have created considerable interest in what has been called the sharing economy. The core idea behind the sharing economy is an old one: people
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Airbnb logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The rising success of companies such as Airbnd and Uber have created considerable interest in what has been called the sharing economy. The core idea behind the sharing economy is an old one: people provide goods and services as individuals rather than acting as employees or businesses. One classic example of this is paying a neighborhood kid who mows lawns or babysits. Another classic example is paying a friend’s gas money for a ride to the airport. The new version of the sharing economy does make some changes to the traditional model. The fundamental difference is that the old sharing economy was typically an informal word-of-mouth system while the new sharing economy is organized by companies. As an example of the old sharing economy, your neighbor might have told you about the teenager she hired to babysit her kids or to mow her lawn (back in the day when this was an accepted practice). As an example of the new sharing economy, you might use. . .

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Dream or Reality?

Edo Shonin and William Van Gordon dream of the not too distant
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Edo Shonin and William Van Gordon dream of the not too distant future.

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A Small Explosion From A (Relatively) Quiet Atheist

Raymond Tallis considers democracy and assisted
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Raymond Tallis considers democracy and assisted dying.

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The Comet Cometh

Tim Madigan hears Pierre Bayle’s 17th century plea for religious
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Tim Madigan hears Pierre Bayle’s 17th century plea for religious toleration.

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War Horse

Colin Brookes gains ethical understanding from a profound aesthetic
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Colin Brookes gains ethical understanding from a profound aesthetic experience.

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How To Live: Wise (and not so Wise) Advice from Philosophers by Martin Cohen

Patricia Cleveland-Peck gets some ‘dodgy’ advice from philosophers concerning How To
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Patricia Cleveland-Peck gets some ‘dodgy’ advice from philosophers concerning How To Live.

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