What is Philosophy?

Defining philosophy, like defining any complex subject, is challenging. It’s challenging partly because it’s been around so long but also because it has many parts. But plenty of people have attempted to define the discipline and I’m going to take a stab at it in this article.
Defining philosophy, like defining any complex subject, is challenging. It’s challenging partly because it’s been around so long but also because it has many parts. But plenty of people have attempted to define the discipline and I’m going to take a stab at it in this article. [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 9

In the previous article in this series, we started looking at the object of belief as a means of unpacking the belief component of JTB. In this essay, I explore this idea further and describe how the distinction relates to the Gettier Problem.
In the previous article in this series, we started looking at the object of belief as a means of unpacking the belief component of JTB. In this essay, I explore this idea further and describe how the distinction relates to the Gettier Problem. [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 8

John Schellenberg argues that when one believes something, she is not directing her mind towards a proposition. That is the object of belief is not a proposition.
John Schellenberg argues that when one believes something, she is not directing her mind towards a proposition. That is the object of belief is not a proposition. [More]

You Think You’re Free? Think Again

The concept of free will is under attack. Many scientists and philosophers are realizing that if the rest of the world is governed by natural laws and chance and humans are a part of the world, then humans must be governed by natural laws and chance too.
The concept of free will is under attack. Many scientists and philosophers are realizing that if the rest of the world is governed by natural laws and chance and humans are a part of the world, then humans must be governed by natural laws and chance too. [More]

Political Theologizing sans Theology

Yale professor Paul Kahn examines politics and law using the lenses of theology and theological psychology. But it's theology without the influence of the divine.
Yale professor Paul Kahn examines politics and law using the lenses of theology and theological psychology. But it's theology without the influence of the divine. [More]

So Long Old Time Religion

Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next?
Religion in the west is changing according to George Barna. Church attendance, belief in the accuracy of the Bible, and volunteerism are down. The number of unchurched is up. What's next? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 7

We’ll start our exploration of belief with a puzzle.
We’ll start our exploration of belief with a puzzle. [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study--Part 6

What is the nature of a believing act? How is the content of a belief related to a speech act? How do beliefs refer to things in the world?
What is the nature of a believing act? How is the content of a belief related to a speech act? How do beliefs refer to things in the world? [More]

The Gettier Problem: A Study—Part 5

Schmidt-Petri has shown that whether we take Smith’s belief as referential or attributive in all three cases he does not know P2 because he has not satisfied the requirements of JTB not because JTB is inadequate in some way.
Schmidt-Petri has shown that whether we take Smith’s belief as referential or attributive in all three cases he does not know P2 because he has not satisfied the requirements of JTB not because JTB is inadequate in some way. [More]

2012 Arizona Workshop on Normative Ethics

The Third Annual Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics will be held at the Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona, from January 5 through January 7, 2012. Normative ethical theory addresses general questions about the right and the good and attempts to answer such questions as: What sorts of action... [More]