Question about Identity - Stephen Maitzen responds

How can I define myself? I'm basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions who react to stimuli. Can I take credit for anything I do if everything I say, believe, and do is based on
How can I define myself? I'm basically a combination of cells created by DNA instructions who react to stimuli. Can I take credit for anything I do if everything I say, believe, and do is based on [More]

Epicurus

[Revised entry by David Konstan on April 20, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophy of Epicurus (341 - 270 B.C.E.) was a complete and interdependent system, involving a view of
[Revised entry by David Konstan on April 20, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The philosophy of Epicurus (341 - 270 B.C.E.) was a complete and interdependent system, involving a view of [More]

Question about Existence - Stephen Maitzen 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]

On solitary confinement

On being and not being. If Husserl and Heidegger are right, there is no difference between solitary confinement and death. A phenomenologist’s prison plight…
On being and not being. If Husserl and Heidegger are right, there is no difference between solitary confinement and death. A phenomenologist’s prison plight… [More]

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]