the history and uses of the devil

by Kevin Currie-Knight ____ Stephen Davies (Institute of Economic Studies) chats with me about his new book, A Street-wise Guide to the Devil. [Edward Everett Root, 2021] We talk about the (monotheistic) history of the Devil, why the Devil keeps hanging around, his role in contemporary moral panics, and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FueUPPWJMss&ab_channel=ElectricAgora 6:13​ - Why/How the... Continue Reading →

philosophy as diplomacy

by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ During a conversation with Megan Fritts of Utah State, I suggested that perhaps philosophical disputes should be conducted as negotiations rather than arguments. I’d like to develop this idea a bit more. That philosophy is a primarily argumentative business is, I trust, evident enough that I don’t need to expand... Continue Reading →

Prolegomena for a Pluralist Metaphysics: Actions, Reasons, Causes … and Ends

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ I’ve been saying that I’d like a return to philosophical “normalcy,” meaning that I’d like us to stop indulging what I’ve been calling, alternatively, “crazy” and “desperate” philosophical positions: Panpsychism; Hard Determinism; Eliminative Materialism and “Illusionism”; Platonism; Mind/Body Dualism; and so on. I’m running an ongoing series of conversations with... Continue Reading →

Bits and Pieces – Consciousness and “Wittgenstein/Ryle-Style” (Dis)solutions

By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ The philosophical problem of consciousness is a problem concerning subjectivity. To be conscious is to be conscious of something: a color; a smell; a feeling or emotion; etc.  This is why it is alternatively described as “conscious experience,” “self-consciousness,” etc. Consciousness, therefore, is a kind of point of view. Specifically,... Continue Reading →

Compassion and Resentment in the Age of #MeToo

by Mikhail Valdman The Walking Wounded People’s physical wounds are sometimes visible.  Their emotional wounds are hidden from view, sometimes buried so deep that not even their bearer can spot them.  But imagine that it was all visible.  Imagine that you had a pair of magic glasses with which you could see people’s physical and... Continue Reading →

Some Problems with Incompatibalism

by E. John Winner Social determinism and compatibilism I gave up worrying about the "free will vs. determinism" debate back around 1990.  At that time, I was studying Pragmatism, especially (in the present context) that of Dewey [1], George Herbert Mead [2], and the little known but nonetheless important Explanation and Power: The Control of... Continue Reading →

Is the Free Will Debate a Verbal Dispute?

By Paul So I’ve noticed that academic philosophers, being fairly insulated from the wider public, have largely failed to engage educated laymen who are interested, and perplexed, about free will. In particular, most people think that there are really only two plausible positions -- if determinism is true then there is no free will, and... Continue Reading →

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