Reid on Memory and Personal Identity

[Revised entry by Rebecca Copenhaver on October 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Thomas Reid held a direct realist theory of memory. Like his direct realism about perception, Reid
[Revised entry by Rebecca Copenhaver on October 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Thomas Reid held a direct realist theory of memory. Like his direct realism about perception, Reid [More]

Asteroid Mining & Death from Above

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/475183125 Having written before on the ethics of asteroid mining, I thought I would return to this subject and address an additional moral concern, namely the
http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/475183125 Having written before on the ethics of asteroid mining, I thought I would return to this subject and address an additional moral concern, namely the [More]

Good Lives and Procreative Duties

Many philosophers seem inclined to accept(Procreative Axiological Asymmetry): While it would be bad, or undesirable, to bring a miserable life into existence, it isn't good, or desirable, to bring
Many philosophers seem inclined to accept(Procreative Axiological Asymmetry): While it would be bad, or undesirable, to bring a miserable life into existence, it isn't good, or desirable, to bring [More]

Contemporary Dualism: A Defense

2014.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Lavazza and Howard Robinson (eds.), Contemporary Dualism: A Defense, Routledge, 2014, 292pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN
2014.10.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrea Lavazza and Howard Robinson (eds.), Contemporary Dualism: A Defense, Routledge, 2014, 292pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN [More]

Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought

2014.10.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael T. Ferejohn, Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought, Oxford University
2014.10.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael T. Ferejohn, Formal Causes: Definition, Explanation, and Primacy in Socratic and Aristotelian Thought, Oxford University [More]

Intellectual cowardice

Meek assertions, copious footnotes, weasel words like “perhaps”: Behold the intellectual cowardice of academics…
Meek assertions, copious footnotes, weasel words like “perhaps”: Behold the intellectual cowardice of academics… [More]

The Immortal Evening

The immortal dinner of 1817. Around the table: Keats, Wordsworth, Benjamin Robert Haydon, and Charles Lamb. This meal wasn’t about the food …
The immortal dinner of 1817. Around the table: Keats, Wordsworth, Benjamin Robert Haydon, and Charles Lamb. This meal wasn’t about the food … [More]

Are we free?

Do we have free will? Neuroscientists think they know; philosophers are unconvinced. But look closely at who is bankrolling these views…
Do we have free will? Neuroscientists think they know; philosophers are unconvinced. But look closely at who is bankrolling these views… [More]

Question about Art, Feminism - Nickolas Pappas responds

I recently saw "Gone Girl" (spoiler alert!) and have been reading articles about the portrayal of its female antagonist, who is manipulative and psychotic. Some argue that this portrayal is
I recently saw "Gone Girl" (spoiler alert!) and have been reading articles about the portrayal of its female antagonist, who is manipulative and psychotic. Some argue that this portrayal is [More]

Auguste Comte

[Revised entry by Michel Bourdeau on October 16, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857) is the founder of positivism, a philosophical and political
[Revised entry by Michel Bourdeau on October 16, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857) is the founder of positivism, a philosophical and political [More]