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Category Archives: metaphilosophy

Loving the merely physical

This is my submission to Sam Harris’ Moral Landscape challenge: “Anyone who believes that my case for a scientific understanding of morality is mistaken is invited to prove it in under 1,000 words. (You must address the central argument of the book—not peripheral issues.)” Though I’ve mentioned before that I’m sympathetic to Harris’ argument, I’m not …

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What is a self?

This is a revised version of an IU Philosophical Society blog post. At the Philosophical Society’s first spring meeting, I opened with a methodological point: Semantics matters. Misunderstanding is everywhere, and it is dangerous. If we don’t clarify what we mean, then we’ll never pinpoint where exactly we non-verbally disagree. But the importance of semantics doesn’t mean we …

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What can we reasonably concede to unreason?

This post first appeared on the Secular Alliance at Indiana University blog. In October, SAIU members headed up to Indianapolis for the Center for Inquiry‘s “Defending Science: Challenges and Strategies” workshop. Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef, co-hosts of the podcast Rationally Speaking, spoke about natural deficits in reasoning, while Jason Rodriguez and John Shook focused on deliberate attempts to …

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