George Berkeley and the power of words

According to a picture of language that has enjoyed wide popularity throughout the history of Western philosophy, language is a tool for making our thoughts known to others: the speaker translates
According to a picture of language that has enjoyed wide popularity throughout the history of Western philosophy, language is a tool for making our thoughts known to others: the speaker translates [More]

Are you a philosophical parent? [quiz]

Some people are both parents and philosophers, but aren’t philosophical parents. Conversely, some people aren’t philosophers, or at least aren’t academic philosophers, but are nevertheless
Some people are both parents and philosophers, but aren’t philosophical parents. Conversely, some people aren’t philosophers, or at least aren’t academic philosophers, but are nevertheless [More]

Eubulides and his paradoxes

Who was the greatest paradoxer in Ancient Western Philosophy? If one were to ask this question of a person who knows something of the history of logic and philosophy, they would probably say Zeno of
Who was the greatest paradoxer in Ancient Western Philosophy? If one were to ask this question of a person who knows something of the history of logic and philosophy, they would probably say Zeno of [More]

Trump’s White Nationalists, Again

On the face of it, condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis is one of the politically easiest things to do. Trump, however, seems incapable of engaging in this simple task. Instead, he has
On the face of it, condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis is one of the politically easiest things to do. Trump, however, seems incapable of engaging in this simple task. Instead, he has [More]

Victor Stenger: Nuthin’ to Explain

This is a guest article by the late Victor J Stenger, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, originally
This is a guest article by the late Victor J Stenger, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Hawaii and adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, originally [More]

Trump’s White Nationalists

While the election of Obama led some to believe that racism had been exorcized, the triumph of Trump caused speculation that the demon had merely retreated to the shadows of the internet. In August
While the election of Obama led some to believe that racism had been exorcized, the triumph of Trump caused speculation that the demon had merely retreated to the shadows of the internet. In August [More]

Are electrons conscious?

For most of the twentieth century a "brain-first" approach dominated the philosophy of consciousness. The idea was that the brain is the thing we really understand, through neuroscience, and the
For most of the twentieth century a "brain-first" approach dominated the philosophy of consciousness. The idea was that the brain is the thing we really understand, through neuroscience, and the [More]

Work & Vacation

Most Americans do not use their vacation days, despite the fact that they tend to get less than their European counterparts. A variety of plausible reasons have been advanced for this, most of which
Most Americans do not use their vacation days, despite the fact that they tend to get less than their European counterparts. A variety of plausible reasons have been advanced for this, most of which [More]

Of Dice & Chance

Imagine, if you will, a twenty-sided die (or a d20 as it is known to gamers) being rolled. In the ideal the die has a 1 in 20 chance of rolling a 20 (or any particular number). It is natural
Imagine, if you will, a twenty-sided die (or a d20 as it is known to gamers) being rolled. In the ideal the die has a 1 in 20 chance of rolling a 20 (or any particular number). It is natural [More]

Experience Machines

Experience Machines, edited by Mark Silcox (and including a chapter by me) is now available where fine books are sold, such as Amazon. In his classic work Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick
Experience Machines, edited by Mark Silcox (and including a chapter by me) is now available where fine books are sold, such as Amazon. In his classic work Anarchy, State and Utopia, Robert Nozick [More]