Saturday, August 20, 2022

What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?

From 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology. 

Author: Thomas Metcalf
Category: Metaphilosophy
Word count: 1000

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If you’ve ever wondered whether God exists, whether life has purpose, whether beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what makes actions right or wrong, or whether a law is fair or just, then you’ve thought about philosophy. And these are just a few philosophical topics.

But what is philosophy? The question is itself a philosophical question. This essay surveys some answers.

'Philosophy' in a dictionary.
‘Philosophy’ in a dictionary.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What Should Philosophers Do in Response to Dobbs? A Conversation With Ethicists

I was part of this interview/discussion, posted yesterday, organized and written up by Rachel Robison-Greene, with Jill Delston, Amanda Roth, and Jennifer Scuro, at the APA Blog:

What Should Philosophers Do in Response to Dobbs? A Conversation With Ethicists

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Abortion & Ethics Quiz

An Abortion & Ethics Quiz
People often think that they are very knowledgeable about ethical debates about abortion: they believe they deeply understand the arguments and why their arguments are sound and why people who disagree with them are mistaken. This quiz helps test that knowledge.

 Also available here.

A “Fair and Balanced” Guide to Productive Deliberation

A post on this on another blog.


A “Fair and Balanced” Guide to Productive Deliberation

Background: people often discuss ethical, social, and political issues with little awareness or understanding of what people who disagree with them think about the issues. This often results in misunderstanding and “straw-personing” other people’s views – seeing them as simplistic and obviously mistaken – when they really might not be. This prevents people from more productively engaging with different points of view. Since we often need to work together to find responses to problems that can work for more than just our own group, the process presented in this handout can help gain us all gain a better understanding of different views, so we might make progress in responding to controversial issues. Here’s the questions and process:

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Yes, all bioethicists should engage abortion ethics, but who would be interested in what they have to say?

Yes, all bioethicists should engage abortion ethics, but who would be interested in what they have to say?

Open peer commentary, now here: Nathan Nobis (2022) Yes, All Bioethicists Should Engage Abortion Ethics, but Who Would Be Interested in What They Have to Say?, The American Journal of Bioethics, 22:8, 33-36, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2022.2089274 [some number of free eprints here]

1500 words.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

John Corvino on building a better community of inquiry: how to seek understanding, how to better discuss polarizing issues.

This is set to go straight to the part of the discussion where he suggests the idea of one's "tribe" being people who seek the facts, people who try to reason well, people who genuinely try to be fair and balanced. Great idea!