The Conference Manifesto

The scholarly conference promises little but excruciating boredom and discontent. End the farce and put academics out of their misery?…
The scholarly conference promises little but excruciating boredom and discontent. End the farce and put academics out of their misery?… [More]

Question about Punishment - Allen Stairs responds

Recently, Indonesia executed several people, mostly foreigners, for drug trafficking. This has been justified on at least two grounds: 1) Countries have diffferent norms and political cultures, and
Recently, Indonesia executed several people, mostly foreigners, for drug trafficking. This has been justified on at least two grounds: 1) Countries have diffferent norms and political cultures, and [More]

Moral Priorities

Robin Hanson notes that people generally don't like "ranking the sacred" (his example: "fighting cancer" vs. "working for racial justice").  This is a big part of what Effective Altruism is all
Robin Hanson notes that people generally don't like "ranking the sacred" (his example: "fighting cancer" vs. "working for racial justice").  This is a big part of what Effective Altruism is all [More]

Rule of Law & Tyranny

View image | gettyimages.com One interesting narrative about the riots in Baltimore involves the concept of the rule of law. Put roughly, the rule of law is the idea that the law should govern
View image | gettyimages.com One interesting narrative about the riots in Baltimore involves the concept of the rule of law. Put roughly, the rule of law is the idea that the law should govern [More]

Philosophy, Running, Gaming & the Quantified Self

View image | gettyimages.com “The unquantified life is not worth living.” While the idea of quantifying one’s life is an old idea, one growing tech trend is the use of devices and apps to
View image | gettyimages.com “The unquantified life is not worth living.” While the idea of quantifying one’s life is an old idea, one growing tech trend is the use of devices and apps to [More]

Survival in the English Department

Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career…
Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career… [More]

A Companion to W.V.O. Quine

2015.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gilbert Harman and Ernie LePore (eds.), A Companion to W.V.O. Quine, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 581pp., $195.00 (hbk), ISBN
2015.05.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gilbert Harman and Ernie LePore (eds.), A Companion to W.V.O. Quine, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 581pp., $195.00 (hbk), ISBN [More]

The Happiness Industry

Mood-tracking apps, chief happiness officers, positive psychology: When did being miserable become socially unacceptable?…
Mood-tracking apps, chief happiness officers, positive psychology: When did being miserable become socially unacceptable?… [More]

Moral of Caesar

The assassination of Julius Caesar failed in its stated purpose, to end tyranny. “The world without Caesar was still a world about Caesar”…
The assassination of Julius Caesar failed in its stated purpose, to end tyranny. “The world without Caesar was still a world about Caesar”… [More]

Question about Language - Douglas Burnham responds

Can a word be used incorrectly and still be 'useful'? I've heard that pragmatists define true statements as those that are useful in predicting future empirical outcomes, to quote Wikipedia.
Can a word be used incorrectly and still be 'useful'? I've heard that pragmatists define true statements as those that are useful in predicting future empirical outcomes, to quote Wikipedia. [More]