With Donald Trump now president-elect, many people are concerned that something truly precious and fundamental is under threat. Though Americans disagree about many things, we traditionally had a shared national sense of the bounds of normal behavior and a seemingly entrenched understanding that certain kinds of behavior fell completely outside those bounds. » …Read more
Many of you are probably familiar with the story of Phineas Gage. He was widely regarded as a kind and generous man, but he suffered from a freak accident during his work on a railroad, » …Read more
Thanks to Brad Cokelet and the PEA Soup crew for the invitation to join an illustrious line-up!
Earlier this year my first book was published (Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, » …Read more
UPDATE!! SCIENTIFIC PROOF THAT A SUBSTANTIVE PROPERTY OF FINAL VALUE IS A PHILOSOPHER'S FANTASY (AND THAT EVEN PHILOSOPHERS DON'T TRULY BELIEVE IT).
(Sorry for the sensationalism, » …Read more
Here is Eli's discussion of the survey results:
Thanks again to everyone who took the emotional responses survey. Below are the cases and response data for the first 100 responses. » …Read more
Philosophers have long debated the nature of happiness, with some saying that happiness is just a certain kind of psychological state and others claiming that true happiness is not just a matter of having certain feelings but also requires genuine virtue. » …Read more