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...]

The Partially Examined Nietzsche

The Partially Examined Life is a very fun philosophy podcast. It’s high energy and has the atmosphere of cool guys with enthusiasm for the subject digging into what they’ve been reading lately. They did an episode on Nietzsche recently and I put it on in the background one night and listened to about half of [Read More...]

“Skepticism about Morality and Religion” (a lecture by Shafer-Landau)

Russ Shafer-Landau is a leading moral philosopher.¬†Below is his case on how there can be objective morality without belief in God. Shafer-Landua is a moral realist–he thinks that morality is real, true, binding, and he is not a moral naturalist but a moral non-naturalist. Though I am a moral naturalist, I have learned an immense [Read More...]

Some Variant Meanings of “Intrinsic Value”

The term “intrinsic value” is ambiguous. I leaned on it heavily in yesterday’s Nietzsche Saturday post and a reader raised a worthwhile challenge to the rightness of the word and I replied. I think it’s worthwhile to disambiguate the word a bit by going over its multiple connotations and explaining which ones I intend and [Read More...]

Nietzsche’s Intrinsic Values For Assessing Moralities

Now that I have more time to blog regularly, I intend to finally follow through on my plan from the summer to blog about Nietzsche every Saturday. So hopefully this post will in retrospect be seen as the return of “Nietzsche Saturday”. Some people are puzzled that I defend morality and objective values when I [Read More...]


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