History, philosophy, and political hope

Politics in general is all about how to develop, sustain, and revise institutions, practices, and policies that bind individuals together productively and that point toward more fulfilling
Politics in general is all about how to develop, sustain, and revise institutions, practices, and policies that bind individuals together productively and that point toward more fulfilling [More]

The 2-D Argument Against Metaethical Naturalism

A few years back I noted that 2-D semantics provides a straightforward refutation of synthetic metaethical naturalism (SEN):  SEN implies that moral terms differ in their primary and
A few years back I noted that 2-D semantics provides a straightforward refutation of synthetic metaethical naturalism (SEN):  SEN implies that moral terms differ in their primary and [More]

In the increasingly rigid confines of the <strong>undergraduate mind</strong>, disagreement is regarded as a discomfort to avoid, rather than a value to embrace

In the increasingly rigid confines of the undergraduate mind, disagreement is regarded as a discomfort to avoid, rather than a value to
In the increasingly rigid confines of the undergraduate mind, disagreement is regarded as a discomfort to avoid, rather than a value to [More]

<strong>Karl von Frisch</strong>, Jewish researcher of bees, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as &ldquo;the neutral scholar.&rdquo; But was he?

Karl von Frisch, Jewish researcher of bees, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as &amp;ldquo;the neutral scholar.&amp;rdquo; But was
Karl von Frisch, Jewish researcher of bees, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as “the neutral scholar.” But was [More]

The <strong>republic of letters</strong> has never been hospitable. The natives are irascible, hungry, and thirsty. The chronicle of dissolution begins in 1918

The republic of letters has never been hospitable. The natives are irascible, hungry, and thirsty. The chronicle of dissolution begins in
The republic of letters has never been hospitable. The natives are irascible, hungry, and thirsty. The chronicle of dissolution begins in [More]

Karl von Frisch, <strong>Jewish bee researcher</strong>, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as &ldquo;the neutral scholar.&rdquo; How neutral was he?

Karl von Frisch, Jewish bee researcher, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as &amp;ldquo;the neutral scholar.&amp;rdquo; How neutral was
Karl von Frisch, Jewish bee researcher, was spared by the Nazis when a bee disease struck. He was known as “the neutral scholar.” How neutral was [More]

The Gun and I: My Backstory

Like everyone else, how I look at the world is shaped by my psychological backstory. While, as a professional philosopher, I have an excellent logical toolkit, my use of these tools is shaped by how
Like everyone else, how I look at the world is shaped by my psychological backstory. While, as a professional philosopher, I have an excellent logical toolkit, my use of these tools is shaped by how [More]

Experimental Philosophy 2.0

Check out my presumptuously titled new piece in Thought! In it, I argue for several modifications to experimental philosophy&#39;s self-conception which would circumvent several prominent objections to
Check out my presumptuously titled new piece in Thought! In it, I argue for several modifications to experimental philosophy's self-conception which would circumvent several prominent objections to [More]

Dynamic Epistemic Logic

[New Entry by Alexandru Baltag and Bryan Renne on June 24, 2016.] Dynamic Epistemic Logic is the study of modal logics of model change. DEL (pronounced &quot;dell&quot;) is a highly active area of applied
[New Entry by Alexandru Baltag and Bryan Renne on June 24, 2016.] Dynamic Epistemic Logic is the study of modal logics of model change. DEL (pronounced "dell") is a highly active area of applied [More]

Obsessions with <strong>Truth and Beauty</strong> get in the way of art. Poetry isn&rsquo;t just about Shakespeare in the park and seminars on modernism &mdash; it&rsquo;s about politics

Obsessions with Truth and Beauty get in the way of art. Poetry isn&amp;rsquo;t just about Shakespeare in the park and seminars on modernism &amp;mdash; it&amp;rsquo;s about
Obsessions with Truth and Beauty get in the way of art. Poetry isn’t just about Shakespeare in the park and seminars on modernism — it’s about [More]