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  • Examined Life (What is Popular Philosophy?)

    By Jonny Thakkar from The Point. "Popular science is part of popular culture: our shelves teem with tomes that flatter and patronize us in equal measure, and every fallen senator is the victim of his genes. But what about popular philosophy? Is there a philosophical version of Steven Pinker? Various...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Confucius say: I can change your life, How has a book of of ancient Chinese wisdom become a self-help guide, selling in millions?

    By Rob Sharp from The Independent. "You sit cross-legged on a bamboo mat, soften your breathing and attempt to extract solace from the wisdom of one of the world's great philosophers. You read aloud from a recent translation of his work: "Learning from books as we grow from childhood to...
     Posted by: Cait
  • You won't find consciousness in the brain

    by Ray Tallis from New Scientist "Most neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Review - Explaining the Brain Mechanisms and the Mosaic Unity of Neuroscience by Carl F. Craver

    by Maura Pilotti in Metapsychology Online Reviews "For Carl F. Craver, the philosophy of neuroscience has a labor-intensive and challenging objective to realize and a fundamental truth to reveal. Its objective is to make explicit the 'widely accepted though largely implicit standards' upon...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Untangling the Hard Problem of Consciousness

    by Todd Duncan at The Global Spiral "A feeling of alienation is a common reaction to modern scientific descriptions of the cosmos. As journalist Bryan Appleyard (1992) expresses it, “On the maps provided by science, we find everything except ourselves.” At the core of this reaction is the discrepancy...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • Watch: Noam Chomsky + Robert Trivers

    Video production by Jacob Klein on Seed "In the 1970s, a Harvard class taught by Robert Trivers ignited a controversy that would escalate into the "sociobiology wars." Across town at MIT, Noam Chomsky had earned a reputation as a leading opponent of the Vietnam war. Throughout those pivotal...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Deciding How to Decide

    by Greg Boustead in Seed "It all started with Cheerios. Jonah Lehrer was once again standing in a supermarket aisle, crippled by the thought of which variety of whole-oat goodness to buy: honey nut or apple cinnamon. “It was an embarrassing waste of time,” he says, “and yet it happened to me all...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • In Character Issue on Wisdom

    The Fall 2009 issue of In Character, a publication dedicated to exploring single virtues from different persepctives, explores the concept of wisdom. Table of Contents Charlotte Hays More Than Knowledge William Desmond Wisdom of the Ages Charlotte Allen Athena's Surprising Portfolio Michael Walzer...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • We Are All Madoffs

    By David P. Barash | The Chronicle "Everybody hates Bernard Madoff, and for good reason. He bilked hundreds—thousands—of people out of billions, perhaps tens of billions, of dollars, destroyed numerous life savings, ruined the future prospects of many of those who had trusted him, all the while...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • Workshop: Practical Reasoning

    We are pleased announce the Scottish Network for Normative Philosophy’s Workshop on Practical Reasoning . The Scottish Network for Normative Philosophy is dedicated to promoting the research of contemporary Scottish philosophers on normative themes, and this is the first of three workshops on normative...
     Posted by: mcavanaugh
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  • Karl Popper, Science and Enlightenment (2017)

    Karl Popper is famous for having proposed that science advances by a process of conjecture and refutation. He is also famous for defending the open society against what he saw as its arch enemies – Plato and Marx. Popper’s contributions to thought are of profound importance, but they are not the last...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Situationism and the Pyrrhic Defense of Character Education: Commentary on Sreenivasan (2017)

    Chapter excerpt: One of the striking trends in recent moral psychology is the robust dialogue now commonplace between ethical theory and empirical psychology. At lease since the regnancy of the Kohlberg paradigm there was always an interest among moral development researchers in appropriating the dominant...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Erosophia. Or: the Love/Lack of Wisdom (2017)

    Excerpt: We are told by the Ancients that a philosopher is a “friend” (philos) of wisdom. One’s philoi are those dear to you. In Homer, philos can also mean “proper,” “very own”—as in my very own hand or my own dear heart (Iliad, H130; E155). So wisdom would seem to belong to the philosopher, and s/he...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life (2017)

    The central thesis of this book is that we need to reform philosophy and join it to science to recreate a modern version of natural philosophy; we need to do this in the interests of rigour, intellectual honesty, and so that science may serve the best interests of humanity. The book seeks to redraw our...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • The temporality of prudence in Thomas Aquinas: Towards a participatory construal of Heidegger’s sorge (2016)

    Abstract: According to Heidegger’s interpretation, while Aristotle’s treatment of practical wisdom cannot be divorced from his account of theoretical wisdom, there has nevertheless been a tendency in Western thought to separate what he terms the theoretical and practical modes of concern and to afford...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Philosophical Wisdom as a Method of Formation the Worldview of an Individual (2016)

    Abstract: The article observes the role and significance of philosophical wisdom in the formation of person's worldview. It is also demonstrates the efficient ways of its usage, methods and conditions. It is noted that throughout ages Philosophy has mainly been studying the imagination, logic and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Understanding Scientific Progress (2016)

    "Understanding Scientific Progress constitutes a potentially enormous and revolutionary advancement in philosophy of science. It deserves to be read and studied by everyone with any interest in or connection with physics or the theory of science. Maxwell cites the work of Hume, Kant, J.S. Mill,...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Searching for Wisdom In Movies: From the Book of Job to Sublime Conversations (2016)

    Abstract : In this volume, Richard Gilmore explores film as a channel through which to engage in philosophical reflection and analyzes the relationship between philosophy and film. This book argues that philosophy and film can and should be used for the amelioration of life’s difficulties and the promotion...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Two Great Problems of Learning: Science and Civilization (2016)

    Two great problems of learning confront humanity: learning about the nature of the universe and about ourselves and other living things as a part of the universe, and learning how to become civilized. The first problem was solved, in essence, in the seventeenth century, with the creation of modern science...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • Pedagogical Wisdom: A Creative Force (2016)

    Abstract: The dominant 21st-century worldview is replete with stupid rather than wise values, signified by corporate greed, climate crises, environmental degradation and huge economic disparity. Is this what we want for our children and their grandchildren? What do we aspire towards? After a brief diagnostic...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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