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Do you think genetically stupid people should not have kids since the kids will

Children Ethics Read another response about Children, EthicsShare Do you think genetically stupid people should not have kids since the kids will also be like that and having a child would just be adding misery to it's life since it would never be able to be successful or achieve anything. S/he would spend all their life being inferior to other and it would just be a lifetime of [More]

Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics

[Revised entry by Lisa Shabel on August 11, 2021. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Kant was a student and a teacher of mathematics throughout his career, and his reflections on mathematics and mathematical practice had a profound impact on his philosophical thought (Martin 1985; Moretto 2015). He developed considered philosophical views on the status of mathematical judgment, the nature of mathematical concepts, definitions, axioms and proof, and the relation between pure mathematics and the natural world. Moreover, his approach to the general question "how are synthetic judgments a [More]

Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk

2021.08.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk, Oxford University Press, 2020, 226pp., $19.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190900151. Reviewed by Evan Westra, York University Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke's book aims to explain why contemporary public moral discourse feels so undeniably antagonistic, polarized, and cruel. Drawing on a wide range of evidence from philosophy, psychology, and political science, the authors argue that this unsavory state of affairs stems in part from the pervasive abuse of moral speech in the pursuit of social status, or moral grandstanding. The book is engagingly written, extensively researched, and it offers a clear philosophical analysis of a social phenomenon that we often encounter in our everyday lives. While I feel the pull of the overall thesis, I am not yet convinced that grandstanding is really a significant cause of the problems the book sets out to diagnose. I also worry that focusing... Read [More]

Contemporary Africana Philosophy

[New Entry by Paul C. Taylor on August 9, 2021.] Africana philosophy has in recent years become a going concern among professional academic philosophers. What counts as a contribution to this field and whether the field is sufficiently unified to count as a field are matters of some dispute, in part for reasons that scholars of Africana philosophy make it their business to explore. What is not in dispute is that reputable publishers now publish work in the area and reputable institutions now seek to hire scholars with specializations in the area, both states of affairs that did [More]