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Thomas Nagel on Moral Luck

The philosopher Thomas Nagel points out that for people to find a moral judgment fitting, whatever it is for which the person is judged must be under his control. 1,083 more words

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Objectively Living

Well I’ve changed my reading plan. The anthology simply didn’t resonate with me at this point, I read the introduction and felt that it was a bit sterile. 2,683 more words

Philosophy

Censoring ID and Creation

Last week I wrote an article on the documentary, Revolutionary, which followed-up on the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District trial. With that ruling, Intelligent Design was declared unconstitutional, effectively censoring scientific education, academic freedom, discussion and progress. 1,034 more words

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What Is It Like To Be A Bat?

People like comparing stuff to other stuff, but that doesn’t really work when we’re talking about brain stuff, because brains are confusing.
But people are lazy, so they’d rather compare stuff to brains than actually be right about brain stuff. 1,367 more words

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Can modern art bridge the gap of the subject/object divide?

One issue which has puzzled philosophers for hundreds of years is that of ‘other minds’.  Thomas Nagel made this puzzle iconic in modern philosophy with his essay ‘ 1,256 more words

Philosophy

Philosophy as a Way of Life

Many philosophers have pointed out (Anscombe, Williams, etc.) that there’s a considerable disparity between ancient and modern works on ethics. Our modern conception of morality, as a system of obligatory interpersonal norms, is entirely foreign to ancient texts. 3,394 more words

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What Is It Like to Be a Dog?

“Without consciousness the mind-body problem would be much less interesting. With consciousness it seems hopeless.”   —Tom Nagel

One of the most influential and widely cited short works in philosophy of the last century is Nagel’s 1974 paper “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” … 919 more words

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