The Third Man Argument: Parts 3 & 4

What is the difference between myself and the desk at which I sit? Neither are anything but a simple assembly of atoms, floating about a universe of others. Where do I cease, in wake of something else? The aim of this essay is to defend the Theory of the Forms, and argue against the Third Man Argument’s criticisms—to effectively defend Plato from both himself and those who took up arms provided by the arguments posed by the Parmenides. [More]

The Third Man Argument: Part 1

What is the difference between myself and the desk at which I sit? Neither are anything but a simple assembly of atoms, floating about a universe of others. Where do I cease, in wake of something else? The aim of this essay is to defend the Theory of the Forms, and argue against the Third Man Argument’s criticisms—to effectively defend Plato from both himself and those who took up arms provided by the arguments posed by the Parmenides. [More]

Report on the APA 2013 Graduate Guide: Degrees Awarded and Time to Complete PhD

Philosophy News's analysis and report on the data contained in The American Philosophical Association's (APA) 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. We report on findings such as which school awarded the most philosophy PhDs, the average time to complete a PhD, and which schools have the highest and lowest completion rates.
Philosophy News's analysis and report on the data contained in The American Philosophical Association's (APA) 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. We report on findings such as which school awarded the most philosophy PhDs, the average time to complete a PhD, and which schools have the highest and lowest completion rates. [More]

Report on the APA 2013 Graduate Guide: Faculty

Philosophy News's analysis and report on the data contained in The American Philosophical Association's (APA) 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. We report on findings such as ratio of tenure track positions to non-tenure track, the ratio of women faculty to men, and which school has the most total faculty in philosophy.
Philosophy News's analysis and report on the data contained in The American Philosophical Association's (APA) 2013 Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy. We report on findings such as ratio of tenure track positions to non-tenure track, the ratio of women faculty to men, and which school has the most total faculty in philosophy. [More]

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?: A Reconstruction

In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound.
In this post, Andy Carson presents what he believes is a more nuanced reconstruction of C.S. Lewis’ famous “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?” argument. He attempts to show that the argument is valid and he offers some short defenses of the controversial premises and against objections in an effort to show that the argument is sound. [More]

Continental Report Updated

The Continental report now includes 16 philosophy departments that specialize in Continental philosophy. Most recently added are SUNY Binghamton and Texas A&M. The data for the University of Oregon has also been updated. Other recent school additions include Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, University of Memphis, and University of New Mexico.
The Continental report now includes 16 philosophy departments that specialize in Continental philosophy. Most recently added are SUNY Binghamton and Texas A&M. The data for the University of Oregon has also been updated. Other recent school additions include Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, University of Memphis, and University of New Mexico. [More]

Why Seek the Good?

By studying moral philosophy, hopefully we explore ideas longing that the end result will lead us to truth, justice, and the Good.
By studying moral philosophy, hopefully we explore ideas longing that the end result will lead us to truth, justice, and the Good. [More]

Philosophy as a Career: Think Long and Hard About Thinking Long and Hard

Studying philosophy can train your mind, help you reason, and almost certainly enrich your life. But what can you do with a degree? Hear from three philosophy majors who now work in other fields on the value of their degree, the pitfalls in pursuing full-time work in philosophy, and some recommendations on how to navigate the often muddy career waters for philosophers.
Studying philosophy can train your mind, help you reason, and almost certainly enrich your life. But what can you do with a degree? Hear from three philosophy majors who now work in other fields on the value of their degree, the pitfalls in pursuing full-time work in philosophy, and some recommendations on how to navigate the often muddy career waters for philosophers. [More]

On Philip Seymour Hoffman

While Hoffman's passing is upsetting, I have an overall sense of gratitude and found myself actually envying his accomplishments rather than fixating on his death. He left us something and he used his great skill as an actor to show us something about the world and about ourselves. Few of us, even if we live to a ripe old age, will have either the talent or the opportunity to do what he did. [More]

You Mad Bro? Philosophers Have No Answer

The world is experiencing a growing and disturbing trend of unsportsmanlike conduct by professional athletes. The philosophical community isn't outraged.
The world is experiencing a growing and disturbing trend of unsportsmanlike conduct by professional athletes. The philosophical community isn't outraged. [More]