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Why teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

Why teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

Young people today are constantly at risk of indoctrination – whether deliberate or inadvertent. This can be by advertisers, politicians, religious extremists or the media – and can make it hard for young people to get a handle on the world around them. But in this age of contradictory images and constant messages, I believe […] … learn more→

The problem of diversity in philosophy: a US perspective

The problem of diversity in philosophy: a US perspective

Philosophy has a reputation for its striking lack of diversity. The discipline is short on women and, more notably, short on black and minority ethnic representation. For the past few years, this topic has been a subject of great interest (and sometimes, great controversy), both on popular philosophy blogs, such asDaily Nous and Leiter Reports, […] … learn more→

Chinese philosophy is missing from U.S. philosophy departments. Should we care?

Chinese philosophy is missing from U.S. philosophy departments. Should we care?

Philosophy has been a favorite whipping boy in the culture wars since 399 B.C., when an Athenian jury sentenced Socrates to death. Nowadays, philosophers are no longer accused of “corrupting the youth.” Instead, a surprisingly wide range of pundits, from celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson to former GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio, assert that philosophy […] … learn more→

Philosophy: The simultaneous solution

Philosophy: The simultaneous solution

There are questions that have plagued mankind since the beginning of time: How did we begin? What drives our universe? What is our purpose? Where are we headed? All the great philosophers have tried to answer these questions: from Aristotle and Plato – to Maimonides and Spinoza. The group of key cosmic questions became known […] … learn more→

Philosophy:  The prime mover of the Cosmos?

Philosophy: The prime mover of the Cosmos?

Defining terms: Cosmology: What ignited and drives the cosmic order? Prime Mover: The Aristotelian term for the unknown hypothesized entity/dynamic at the core of cosmology. Note that in Aristotelian philosophy the Prime Mover, the primum movens, is unchanging as it transforms the cosmos. Yeshiva-educated and Harvard-educated maverick conceptual theorist and cosmologist David Birnbaum of Manhattan […] … learn more→

The Sociology of Philosophy?

I was browsing through this year\’s Proceedings & Addresses of the APA this morning, and reading some of the addresses–particularly the ones by Sally Haslanger, Elizabeth Anderson, and Amelie Rorty–got me thinking about the sociology of philosophy: specifically, about whether people should start doing some kind of serious research on it. Let me explain why. […] … learn more→

Wanted: A future for philosophy

How goes it with the institution of philosophy? Consider the situation of “Jeremy,” a Ph.D. student in the graduate program at the University of North Texas. As a second-year student, he has a teaching fellowship. This means that in addition to taking nine credit hours of graduate coursework, he teaches two sections of “Contemporary Moral […] … learn more→

How Philosophy makes progress

Philosophy was the first academic field; the founder of the Academy was Plato. Nevertheless, philosophy’s place in academe can stir up controversy. The ancient lineage itself provokes dissension. Philosophy’s lack of progress over the past 2,500 years is accepted as a truism, trumpeted not only by naysayers but even by some of its most enthusiastic […] … learn more→

Philosophy is dead white – and dead wrong

1841 For Solomon Northup, it marked the beginning of “12 Years a Slave”, but for Frederick Douglass, it marked the beginning of 50 years a public speaker. Reflecting on that beginning, Douglass tells us – in the second of his three autobiographies, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) – that “[d]uring the first three or […] … learn more→

Bieberians at the Gate?

One of the oldest questions of philosophy is, \”Who guards the guardians?\” When Plato posed this question — if not quite this succinctly — his concern was with how a community can keep its leaders focused on the good of the whole. Plato\’s answer was that guardians should govern themselves — philosophy would train their […] … learn more→