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Hegel’s Dialectics

[Revised entry by Julie E. Maybee on October 2, 2020. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] "Dialectics" is a term used to describe a method of philosophical argument that involves some sort of contradictory process between opposing sides. In what is perhaps the most classic version of "dialectics", the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato (see entry on Plato), for instance, presented his philosophical argument as a back-and-forth dialogue or debate, generally between the character [More]

Assistant Professor - Ethics and Applied Ethics with a focus in Biomedical Ethics

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  University of Toronto Scarborough Town:  Toronto Country:  Canada Job Description:  The Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Ethics and Applied Ethics, with a focus in Biomedical Ethics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly [More]

Assistant Professor - Continental Philosophy

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy Town:  Toronto Country:  Canada Job Description:  The Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Continental Philosophy. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly [More]

Trump & the Proud Boys

Trump is routinely accused of tolerating and even supporting white supremacy. This is because he routinely tolerates and supports white supremacy. When Trump does this, his supporters have a mixed response. Some engaged in a rolling defense. The first line of defense is to deny Trump said the words he said. Since there is usually [More]

Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment

2020.09.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Pittard, Disagreement, Deference, and Religious Commitment, Oxford University Press, 2020, 339pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190051815. Reviewed by Matthew A. Benton, Seattle Pacific University Philosophers working on the epistemology of disagreement have asked how one ought, if at all, to revise one's beliefs or credences when confronted with facts about others who disagree. For it can seem at first blush that the mere existence of disagreement, at least when it is with those who are roughly one's peers with respect to the evidence and arguments bearing on the issue in question, gives one a reason, perhaps even a very strong reason, to reduce one's confidence (as so-called "conciliationists" have argued). Given widespread (inter-religious) disagreement over the nature of the supernatural, the human condition, morality and spirituality, salvation and redemption, and so on, it looks as though most (if not all) religious worldviews cannot be true. And... Read [More]