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This Week’s Special: Edmund Gettier, “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?”

By Daniel A. Kaufman http://fitelson.org/proseminar/gettier.pdf On tap this week is one of the most widely read and influential essays in epistemology, written since the Second World War, Edmund Gettier’s “Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?” In this remarkably short piece, Gettier succeeded in casting doubt on what had been one of the most widely accepted ideas in philosophy – that to […]

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The Noble Sage

By Paul So When I first encountered philosophy, I thought it involved improving one’s spiritual life by providing some insightful and useful instructions. So it is unsurprising that I imagined a philosopher to be a wise and noble sage who utters koan-like statements that will eventually amount to some life-changing insights conducive for practical living. Many people who haven’t had […]

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On Failing To Pass For Human

By Dwayne Holmes This essay is less about reaching a conclusion than it is raising a question: what is “human nature”? Or perhaps better said: is there such a thing as “human nature”? Back at the now defunct Scientia Salon, Massimo Pigliucci expressed confusion that academics in the humanities were dismissive of the concept, and wondered if his acceptance might […]

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Middle-Aged Punk

By Daniel A. Kaufman The older I get, the more I find myself listening to Punk rock and the less I seem to be able to tolerate much of anything else. It’s weird, the idea of a middle-aged Punk.  My parents, who belong to the Silent Generation, listened to classical, Big Band, and Sinatra-style lounge music, and I remember, as […]

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Fracking field philosophy!

By Steve Snyder   “Field philosophy” is becoming a trend in the world of philosophy, but what exactly is it? The book “A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking,” by Adam Briggle, helps to characterize field philosophy, with regard to one subject in particular, that of fracking. But before giving you a review of Briggle’s book, let’s get a general sense […]

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Judaism and Reform

    My discussion on Judaism and Reform Judaism, with Rabbi Barbara Block, of Temple Israel, Springfield, MO.  Originally aired on MeaningofLife.TV, part of the BloggingHeads.TV network, January 11, 2016. *Featured Image:  Victoria Kaufman chanting Torah, during her Bat-Mitzvah, with her grandfather, Alexander Kaufman, her grandmother, Suzanne Kaufman, and Rabbi Barbara Block, looking on.  (April, 2015)

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Facts and Values

by Mark English Though we all obviously share a physical environment – a bluish, dirty-watery, middling sort of planet orbiting a medium-sized, middle-aged star – we live in very different worlds in terms of culture and so in terms of group-based and individual values. But what exactly does the existence of these multiple, and often conflicting, perspectives and value systems […]

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Explanations in the Social Sciences

By Daniel A. Kaufman I want to sketch some ideas on explanations in the social sciences and how they differ from their counterparts in the physical sciences.  The point is to start a discussion, which I hope will further sharpen my own views on the subject and pave the way for a subsequent, academic paper, as well as a dialogue, […]

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