On Michael Oakeshott

Michael Oakeshott, author of dense, intricate works of philosophy: not a guy you’d expect to write pungent aphorisms. And yet..
Michael Oakeshott, author of dense, intricate works of philosophy: not a guy you’d expect to write pungent aphorisms. And yet.. [More]

Gabriel García Márquez obituaries

Gabriel García Márquez, novelist, journalist, friend of left-wing causes, master of magical realism, is dead. He was 87… NY Times … AP … Reuters … BBC … Kakutani
Gabriel García Márquez, novelist, journalist, friend of left-wing causes, master of magical realism, is dead. He was 87… NY Times … AP … Reuters … BBC … Kakutani [More]

Question about Existence - Charles Taliaferro responds

I guess some philosophers discuss whether in some exact location there is only one object, a statue, or two objects, the statue and the stone it is made of. Are there well-known philosophers who
I guess some philosophers discuss whether in some exact location there is only one object, a statue, or two objects, the statue and the stone it is made of. Are there well-known philosophers who [More]

Question about Biology, Children, Ethics - Oliver Leaman responds

Does allowing one's child to become obese constitute child abuse? Response from: Oliver Leaman On the other hand, there certainly have been cases where social services have removed children from
Does allowing one's child to become obese constitute child abuse? Response from: Oliver Leaman On the other hand, there certainly have been cases where social services have removed children from [More]

Question about Children, Ethics - Oliver Leaman responds

Is inter-country adoption immoral? (I'm a college senior doing an independent study on Korean transnational adoption and the Korean diaspora.) Response from: Oliver Leaman I don't see why it
Is inter-country adoption immoral? (I'm a college senior doing an independent study on Korean transnational adoption and the Korean diaspora.) Response from: Oliver Leaman I don't see why it [More]

Question about Knowledge - Oliver Leaman responds

A question like this was posted in Askphilosophers some months ago but was never answered, so I'll try it again. What kind of knowledge is chess knowledge? Some of it is deductive (e.g., if I move
A question like this was posted in Askphilosophers some months ago but was never answered, so I'll try it again. What kind of knowledge is chess knowledge? Some of it is deductive (e.g., if I move [More]

Question about Philosophers - Oliver Leaman responds

Hello, i was recently in a discussion regarding Kant's moral duties, and whether Kant would follow society's laws before following the duties derived from ethics. If a law in a society state "that
Hello, i was recently in a discussion regarding Kant's moral duties, and whether Kant would follow society's laws before following the duties derived from ethics. If a law in a society state "that [More]

Question about Value - Oliver Leaman responds

Selfishness is considered bad in society, and my parents tell me to be as selfless as possible, but how can it be possible to be selfless? I think selfless can be traced back to our instincts. We
Selfishness is considered bad in society, and my parents tell me to be as selfless as possible, but how can it be possible to be selfless? I think selfless can be traced back to our instincts. We [More]

The Cost of Litter

After running the Palace Saloon 5K, I participated in a cleanup of a nearby park. This event, organized by my running friend Nancy, involved spending about an hour and a half picking up trash in the
After running the Palace Saloon 5K, I participated in a cleanup of a nearby park. This event, organized by my running friend Nancy, involved spending about an hour and a half picking up trash in the [More]

Cass Sunstein, nudge in chief

Cass Sunstein, mild-mannered, deliberative, professorial, occasionally a bureaucrat. Is he the most dangerous man in America?…
Cass Sunstein, mild-mannered, deliberative, professorial, occasionally a bureaucrat. Is he the most dangerous man in America?… [More]