Beethoven’s bad influence

Beethoven’s reputation is oversized, crushingly sublime, debilitating to all in his wake. Was he too great for the good of his art?…
Beethoven’s reputation is oversized, crushingly sublime, debilitating to all in his wake. Was he too great for the good of his art?… [More]

Mussolini’s Jewess

Who was Margherita Grassini Sarfatti? Art collector, editor, malicious gossip, Fascist propagandist. And Mussolini’s Jewess…
Who was Margherita Grassini Sarfatti? Art collector, editor, malicious gossip, Fascist propagandist. And Mussolini’s Jewess… [More]

Does time have a future?

One second per second is the speed of time, right? Not necessarily. It depends where (and when) you are. Unpacking a cosmic riddle…
One second per second is the speed of time, right? Not necessarily. It depends where (and when) you are. Unpacking a cosmic riddle… [More]

Reminder: 2014 Essay Prize for Young Scholars

The Spanish Philosophy journal teorema is pleased to announce an essay competition for young scholars. The winner will receive 1500€, and the essay will be published and acknowledged as winner in
The Spanish Philosophy journal teorema is pleased to announce an essay competition for young scholars. The winner will receive 1500€, and the essay will be published and acknowledged as winner in [More]

Even more expertise!

Following up on these last few expertise posts, my paper "Scientific Expertise and Philosophical Expertise" is now available online at Philosophical Psychology. There is some overlap in themes with
Following up on these last few expertise posts, my paper "Scientific Expertise and Philosophical Expertise" is now available online at Philosophical Psychology. There is some overlap in themes with [More]

Rachmaninov’s drunk conductor

Rachmaninoff spent two years working on his first symphony. It had its premiere one night in 1897. The conductor was drunk. Cue the disaster…
Rachmaninoff spent two years working on his first symphony. It had its premiere one night in 1897. The conductor was drunk. Cue the disaster… [More]

Innovators Abroad

Must the champions of innovation, those who purport to tell us how creativity works, insist on speaking in koan-like platitudes?…
Must the champions of innovation, those who purport to tell us how creativity works, insist on speaking in koan-like platitudes?… [More]

Photographing the Guillotine

Severed heads on tables, severed heads below headless bodies, severed heads of accomplices grouped together: Photographing the guillotine…
Severed heads on tables, severed heads below headless bodies, severed heads of accomplices grouped together: Photographing the guillotine… [More]

Short survey on religious teachings

You are invited to participate in a survey organized by Helen De Cruz and John Schwenkler. The purpose of this study is to explore to what extent you agree with a series of religious (theological)
You are invited to participate in a survey organized by Helen De Cruz and John Schwenkler. The purpose of this study is to explore to what extent you agree with a series of religious (theological) [More]

Death

[Revised entry by Steven Luper on October 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] This article considers several questions concerning death and its ramifications. First, what constitutes
[Revised entry by Steven Luper on October 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] This article considers several questions concerning death and its ramifications. First, what constitutes [More]