From Wit to Twit(ter)

Wit can be charming or mean, whimsical or incisive. Done well, it mocks pretension, false self-esteem, snobbery. Wit is vital – and in decline…
Wit can be charming or mean, whimsical or incisive. Done well, it mocks pretension, false self-esteem, snobbery. Wit is vital – and in decline… [More]

Willa Cather’s Letters

Willa Cather was against teaching colleges students how to write creatively, instead of how to write “clear and correct English”…
Willa Cather was against teaching colleges students how to write creatively, instead of how to write “clear and correct English”… [More]

Wellman's Implicit Defense of Near-Open Borders

Kit Wellman's 'Immigration and Freedom of Assocation' begins with the following set-up:Without denying that those of us in wealthy societies may have extremely demanding duties of global
Kit Wellman's 'Immigration and Freedom of Assocation' begins with the following set-up:Without denying that those of us in wealthy societies may have extremely demanding duties of global [More]

The Fundamental Problem of Evil

Here’s a nice challenge: What is the fundamental problem of evil? If there is a fundamental problem of evil P, then there is some organization among the many proposed problems of evil. That
Here’s a nice challenge: What is the fundamental problem of evil? If there is a fundamental problem of evil P, then there is some organization among the many proposed problems of evil. That [More]

Gender, blah, blah, blah

Serious, intellectual writing is overwhelmingly male. Why? Ask the serious, intellectual gatekeepers of serious, intellectual magazines…
Serious, intellectual writing is overwhelmingly male. Why? Ask the serious, intellectual gatekeepers of serious, intellectual magazines… [More]

Topless cellist

One night in 1967, concertgoers packed a small venue in New York City. The performer, a cellist, wore a football helmet, jersey, and nothing else…
One night in 1967, concertgoers packed a small venue in New York City. The performer, a cellist, wore a football helmet, jersey, and nothing else… [More]

Life of Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald, born into a remarkable family, was remarkable herself, not least for her persistence. She published her first book just shy of 60…
Penelope Fitzgerald, born into a remarkable family, was remarkable herself, not least for her persistence. She published her first book just shy of 60… [More]

Subtraction and Impossible Objects

Subtraction arguments begin with the modest assumption that there are worlds that do not include more than a finite number of concrete (or concrete*) objects. Each of these concrete objects has the
Subtraction arguments begin with the modest assumption that there are worlds that do not include more than a finite number of concrete (or concrete*) objects. Each of these concrete objects has the [More]

Stich and Tobia on the Negative Program

If you are interested in experimental philosophy’s ‘negative program,’ I highly recommend Stephen Stich and Kevin Tobia’s new paper Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Tradition. The paper
If you are interested in experimental philosophy’s ‘negative program,’ I highly recommend Stephen Stich and Kevin Tobia’s new paper Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Tradition. The paper [More]

Impossible Fissioners?

There are some unexpected consequences of the subtraction argument for metaphysical nihilism. The metaphysical nihilist thesis, which is what the subtraction argument aims to establish, sounds
There are some unexpected consequences of the subtraction argument for metaphysical nihilism. The metaphysical nihilist thesis, which is what the subtraction argument aims to establish, sounds [More]