An Impassioned Defense of The Pursuit of Philosophical Questions

Olivia James has written a terrific post against atheists who dismiss the fundamental questions of reality and value on account of their being abstract, philosophical, and hard to solve. She describes the “emotional gut-punch” such questions can give her and complains that other atheists often are dismissive and invalidating about how important they are to people [Read More...]

Philosophy For Everyone

Below is my talk FtBConscience2 panel on “Philosophy For Everyone”. I appeared with Jess Whittlestone of 80,000 Hours, an effective altruism organization that helps people from all walks of life figure out how in their own occupations they can rationally determine what will create the most good, Julia Galef of The Center for Applied Rationality, which [Read More...]

Richard Carrier Defends Philosophy at Skepticon

Richard Carrier gave a talk defending philosophy at Sketpicon 6, last autumn. I’m watching it now in preparation for talking live with Richard as part of a “Philosophy for Everyone” panel that will also feature Julia Galef and Jess Whittlestone. You can tune into it live at 1pm Eastern Time today at Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

In Defense of the Moral Cause of Feminism

In the last few years I have written a lot both on behalf of social justice and on the need to elevate the discourse surrounding it. I can say unequivocally that the feminist blogosphere and my activist feminist friends have made me a far better ethicist, a far better person, and a far better man [Read More...]

Patricia Churchland on The Colbert Report

Learn a ton about the neurology that makes morality possible from a leading neurophilosopher and superb science communicator and get some good laughs from a leading improvisational comic, all in under seven minutes. [Read more...]

Philosophy For Parents

Holly Hamilton-Bleakley has started a promising looking new blog called Philosophy for Parents: philosophy is about making sense of the human condition.  It tries to do this by exploring concepts and phenomena that we encounter as part of our human experience, such as truth, knowledge, reality, goodness, beauty, right and wrong, reason, emotion, the soul, [Read More...]

Mary in the Black and White Room Dramatized

A classic philosophical thought experiment from the philosophy of mind is dramatized and explained in a way that is helpful, vivid, and a little cheesy: H/T: Pete Mandik Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Do Philosophers Just Claim To Know Things By “Intuition”

In 2012, Herman Cappelen published a book arguing that philosophers do not in fact reason by simply looking at their intuitions and declaring them to be truths. He gave a really interesting interview a year ago to Carrie Figdor at New Books In Philosophy. Towards the end I was particularly pleased to hear his criticism [Read More...]

Philosophers Defend Philosophy At The Amazing Meeting 2013

I really enjoyed the video above of Susan Haack, Russell Blackford, Peter Boghossian, Massimo Pigliucci, and DJ Grothe from TAM 2013 talking a lot about the value of philosophy. There were a number of excellent points made. And I was heartened to hear Boghossian go off on how no one can follow each other’s papers [Read More...]