Epistemic closure and folk epistemology

Consider this case: When Maxwell arrives at work in the morning, he always parks in one of two spots: C8 or D8. Half the time he parks in C8, and half the time he parks in D8. Today Maxwell parked
Consider this case: When Maxwell arrives at work in the morning, he always parks in one of two spots: C8 or D8. Half the time he parks in C8, and half the time he parks in D8. Today Maxwell parked [More]

The Lonely Philosopher

We might nonetheless explore the public image of the philosopher for curiosity’s sake. Atop his many perceived qualities sits his isolation from his scholarly brethren; we appear to conceive of him somehow distanced from the scientist, the historian, and the poet. This disparity is for some based in philosophy’s purported lack of substance, manifest in its scholars’ deficiency in anything by the way of economic utility. [More]

In defence of adherence

What more is required of a belief, besides being justified and true (JTB), if the belief is to count as knowledge? In my view, at least two further conditions are required: the belief must meet the
What more is required of a belief, besides being justified and true (JTB), if the belief is to count as knowledge? In my view, at least two further conditions are required: the belief must meet the [More]

All Clear?: “No Cross-Cultural Differences in Gettier Car Case Intuition: A Replication Study of Weinberg et al. 2001″

“No Cross-Cultural Differences in Gettier Car Case Intuition: A Replication Study of Weinberg et al. 2001,” by Minsun Kim & Yuan Yuan is available here. Abstract:  In “Normativity
“No Cross-Cultural Differences in Gettier Car Case Intuition: A Replication Study of Weinberg et al. 2001,” by Minsun Kim & Yuan Yuan is available here. Abstract:  In “Normativity [More]

Philosophy Can Change Your Life

Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world.
Dr. Andrew Jeffrey introduces philosophy in a concise, accessible way. In this article, he talks about the differences between philosophy, religion, poetry, and science, and how philosophy fits in our modern world. [More]

The Daily Owl 3-18-2014

Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions.
Useful fictions are only useful if we don't know they're fictions. [More]

IAI Video: Thinking the Unthinkable

A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere?
A new video by the Institute of Art and Ideas discussing the limits of knowledge. The power of our thought has transformed the world, and some claim a theory of everything is just around the corner. Others see limits to understanding, things we cannot think. Is there a richer world that lies beyond thought, or is this an empty mysticism that leads nowhere? [More]

Aptness entails safety

Ernest Sosa had two big ideas about knowledge: In papers like “How to Defeat Opposition to Moore” (Philosophical Perspectives 1999), he argued that knowledge requires safety: for my belief in p to
Ernest Sosa had two big ideas about knowledge: In papers like “How to Defeat Opposition to Moore” (Philosophical Perspectives 1999), he argued that knowledge requires safety: for my belief in p to [More]

Review of Caputo’s Philosophy in Transit

Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing.
Caputo has done a fine job of clarifying and classifying the postmodernist approach to truth and reality. His readable and eloquent book is an excellent guide to the outlook common in a certain strain of Continental European philosophy. His neglect of other areas of philosophy is disappointing. [More]

The Daily Owl 1-15-2014

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. (Malraux)
The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness. (Malraux) [More]