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  • For many, “philosophy” primarily evokes activity related to the love of wisdom rather than a body of knowledge or collection of facts. First seen in the child’s incessant questions and exuberant quest to understand the world, philosophical activity arises from wonder. Wonder brings puzzlement and the struggle to understand. These give birth to argument, analysis, []
  • Chess players seeking to assess a position need to anticipate the best moves that can be made by their opponents. Similarly, in considering any philosophical problem, we should take seriously the strongest arguments that can be offered by those who disagree with us. As John Stuart Mill wrote in On Liberty, “He who knows only []
  • On November 4th 2020, The Guardian reported the proposed slaughter of 15-17 million mink in Denmark. 12 people had become infected with a novel strand of Covid-19 transmitted to them from the mink, who had first been infected themselves by human handlers. Concerns arose that further infections might compromise the efficacy of developing vaccines. The []
  • Donald. A Crosby is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Colorado State University, where he has taught for 36 years. He is the author of eighteen books, including Primordial Time: Its Irreducible Reality, Human Significance, and Ecological Import and The Multiplicity of Interpreted Worlds: Inner and Outer Perspectives. In his seventeenth book Sacred and Secular: Responses []
  • Rebecca Faulkner is a Lecturer in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. She specializes in political philosophy and philosophy of religion with a focus on Islam. What excites you about philosophy? I become excited and energized when I encounter a new perspective on, for example, what it means to have a shared political life []

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Daily Nous

  • Obstacles To Curiosity

    What is the aim of a university? That is the kind of question that sounds fundamental, but is built on a couple of big assumptions: that the various things a university does are best understood (theoretically...
  • Yoav Meyrav, a research associate at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Hamburg, has been awarded a €1.5 million (approximately $1.58 million) grant for work on medieval Hebrew...
  • An interdisciplinary team of researchers is looking to find out more about what philosophers think about exploitation. The surveys authors are Benjamin Ferguson (Warwick), Peter Matthews (Middlebury)...
  • Mini-Heap

    Latest links A missing color  cognitive scientist and artist Allen Tager tries to figure out what explains why violet was largely missing for much of human history Philosophy at the movies  some highlights...
  • The weekly report on new and revised entries at online philosophy resources and new reviews of philosophy books… SEP New:     Philosophy of International Law, by John Tasioulas and Guglielmo Verdirame...

Philosopher's Cocoon

  • A list of grants?

    In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Is there a clearinghouse for grants philosophers can apply for? I have a sabbatical coming...
  • My ideal curriculum for an Intro class in Philosophy is the one conceived by Jay Garfield and others and taught by Malcolm Keating and others at Yale...
  • In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I work at a decidedly non-fancy-pants institution. I recently had a paper accepted at a...
  • The other day, we had a thread discussing the situation of reader who is grappling with a loss of intellectual passion. In our newest "how can we help...
  • A reader writes in: I wonder how you felt about having a post about job ads. I was thinking even one that might have a pinned link on the side. Many of...

Leiter Reports

  • I was very sorry to learn (via Prof. Mauricio Maldonado) that Professor Celano, who taught at the University of Palermo for many years, has died. He was undoubtedly one of the most gifted legal philosophers in Europe, and we were...
  • Blog platform problems

    Typepad, the blog platform service I use, has been having trouble periodically the last few days. My apologies for the inconvenience. Alas, I have no control over it. Usually they fix these problems fairly quickly, and I hope that will...
  • "Ethics in Action"

    A philosophy podcast by Nir Eisikovits (U Mass/Boston).
  • A philosopher elsewhere, who is also a book review editor at a journal, writes: Over the last few years, publishers having been increasingly pushing a policy of only providing digital copies of books for review in journals. This is making...
  • I was asked to share information about this survey, which academic philosophy readers are invited to take: We are conducting a survey about academic philosophers' (academic faculty, emerita, lecturers, post-docs and graduate students) views of what exploitation is, by judging...

Aeon Philosophy

  • An electric circuit, a salt solution and a wooden board demonstrate how electricity ignites, in this mini fireworks show - by Aeon Video Watch...
  • From the ashes of the Second World War, Günther Anders forecast a new catastrophe: technology would overwhelm its creators - by Audrey Borowski...
  • How Kurt Gödel used the paradox ‘This statement cannot be proved’ to shatter the notion of total certainty in mathematics - by Aeon Video Watch...
  • A new Earth rises

    How did the planet replace the nation-state to become the prime political object of the 21st century? - by Erik Isberg Read at Aeon
  • Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But it can also undermine healing and growth - by Santiago Delboy...