Avoiding the AI Apocalypse #1: Don’t Enslave the Robots

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/145061820 The elimination of humanity by artificial intelligence(s) is a rather old theme in science fiction. In some cases, we create killer machines that
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/145061820 The elimination of humanity by artificial intelligence(s) is a rather old theme in science fiction. In some cases, we create killer machines that [More]

On Karl Polanyi

Why are free-market ideas so durable? Maybe because they are right. Or maybe they are wrong but intuitive, tapping into our very sense of self…
Why are free-market ideas so durable? Maybe because they are right. Or maybe they are wrong but intuitive, tapping into our very sense of self… [More]

Habits of Mind

Grand critiques of the humanities rely on caricature. When we look closely, we see the value it bring. Consider historians…
Grand critiques of the humanities rely on caricature. When we look closely, we see the value it bring. Consider historians… [More]

The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century

2014.12.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James A. Harris (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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The Problem of the Many

[Revised entry by Brian Weatherson on December 14, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As anyone who has flown out of a cloud knows, the boundaries of a cloud are a lot less sharp up close
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Review of Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy

Dungeons & Dragons and Philosophy Christopher Robichaud (Editor) $17.95 August, 2014 As a professional philosopher, I am often wary of “pop philosophy”, mainly because it is rather like soda
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Museum at Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park: Rarely has so much eccentricity and genius been concentrated in one place. Now it’s home to Alan Turing’s teddy bear…
Bletchley Park: Rarely has so much eccentricity and genius been concentrated in one place. Now it’s home to Alan Turing’s teddy bear… [More]

Philosophy in a Clown Suit

“I never say what I believe and I never believe what I say,” declared Machiavelli. “If I sometimes say the truth, I conceal it among lies”…
“I never say what I believe and I never believe what I say,” declared Machiavelli. “If I sometimes say the truth, I conceal it among lies”… [More]

Slavery and Capitalism

Slavery and capitalism. The relationship between the two is key to understanding the origins of the modern world…
Slavery and capitalism. The relationship between the two is key to understanding the origins of the modern world… [More]

God, Jones, and Black

Harry Frankfurt is credited (by some) with having shown that alternate possibilities are not necessary for freedom and moral responsibility. There are any number of Frankfurt-style counterexamples
Harry Frankfurt is credited (by some) with having shown that alternate possibilities are not necessary for freedom and moral responsibility. There are any number of Frankfurt-style counterexamples [More]