An Obligation to Abort? Moral Guidance vs. Reaction

Dawkins was widely condemned for his tweet a couple of weeks ago claiming that it would be "immoral" not to abort a fetus with Down Syndrome. The claim seems pretty implausible on its face if
Dawkins was widely condemned for his tweet a couple of weeks ago claiming that it would be "immoral" not to abort a fetus with Down Syndrome. The claim seems pretty implausible on its face if [More]

Jean Bodin

[Revised entry by Mario Turchetti on September 7, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Jean Bodin (1529/30 - 1596) was a lawyer, economist, natural philosopher, historian, and one of the
[Revised entry by Mario Turchetti on September 7, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Jean Bodin (1529/30 - 1596) was a lawyer, economist, natural philosopher, historian, and one of the [More]

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]

Descartes' Life and Works

[Revised entry by Kurt Smith on September 6, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, history.html, tenglish.html] Descartes has been heralded as the first modern philosopher. He is famous for
[Revised entry by Kurt Smith on September 6, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, history.html, tenglish.html] Descartes has been heralded as the first modern philosopher. He is famous for [More]

Question about Consciousness, Mathematics - William Rapaport responds

Is there a role of mathematics in the development of human consciousness? Response from: William Rapaport In addition to Hofstadter's wonderful writings, you might also be interested in work done
Is there a role of mathematics in the development of human consciousness? Response from: William Rapaport In addition to Hofstadter's wonderful writings, you might also be interested in work done [More]

Jorge Luis Borges and His Wife

When we know too much. Jorge Luis Borges, a grand literary ambassador, has been transformed into “Georgie,” the impotent, mama’s boy…
When we know too much. Jorge Luis Borges, a grand literary ambassador, has been transformed into “Georgie,” the impotent, mama’s boy… [More]

Last offices

The office is like God: It’s everywhere, including, of course, in your pocket. Is that a worse fate than a lonely cubicle? Leah Price wonders…
The office is like God: It’s everywhere, including, of course, in your pocket. Is that a worse fate than a lonely cubicle? Leah Price wonders… [More]

Were we happier?

With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?…
With millennia of inventions and discoveries at our back, humans have never been more powerful. But were we happier in the Stone Age?… [More]

Question about Consciousness, Mathematics - Andrew Pessin responds

Is there a role of mathematics in the development of human consciousness? Response from: Andrew Pessin interesting question. not sure I understand it exactly. but I can refer you to some
Is there a role of mathematics in the development of human consciousness? Response from: Andrew Pessin interesting question. not sure I understand it exactly. but I can refer you to some [More]

Chaotic Evil

As I have written in two other essays, the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system is surprisingly useful for categorizing people in the real world. In my previous two essays, I looked at lawful
As I have written in two other essays, the Dungeons & Dragons alignment system is surprisingly useful for categorizing people in the real world. In my previous two essays, I looked at lawful [More]