Has the game of chess violated human rights for centuries? It surely seems so. Why has there always been the strict rule that chess must be played between black and white? I mean, why only between those having pieces of the opposite color? How about those people who happen to have a different color orientation … More Redefine chess! Stop discrimination!
Before one of my recent visits to Canada (where my daughter lives) I contacted a philosophy department in her city to ask whether they would be interested in a talk I could give in their seminar during my stay in Canada in mid-October. The person in charge responded: I am afraid mid-October is unlikely to … More My excursion into experimental philosophy
This is from an editorial in Ethics (October 2017): Setting aside short discussions of articles published in our pages, which we welcome, we are highly unlikely to accept any paper whose point is entirely critical of the arguments of others. This is certainly true if it is simply criticizing one work, but it also holds … More In defense of destruction
Strangely, no one is offering an academic position to Thales, the famous founder of Greek philosophy. The rumor has it that it’s because he is suffering from hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Zeno has declined an attractive position of professor of philosophy in Athens, explaining (convincingly) that he could not move from Elea. Despite his high esteem … More Philosophy job market in ancient Greece
In a recent post on his blog, Brian Leiter opens a discussion about my article “Study Philosophy to Improve Thinking–A Case of False Advertising?” published two days ago in Quillette. Although Leiter says that the discussion will be moderated and that “only comments related to the issues raised by the essay are invited”, he did not stick … More Brian Leiter and When Reason Goes on Holiday
Philosopher Sally Haslanger (MIT) is very unhappy about how she has been treated by her colleagues in philosophy: There is a deep well of rage inside of me. Rage about how I as an individual have been treated in philosophy. “Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)”, Hypatia 23 (2008), p. … More A raging philosopher
(1) “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton (2) “If I have seen further than others, it was because I was surrounded by midgets.” — Murray Gell-Mann (3) “If some people have seen further than others, it is because they were midgets standing … More How to see further than others: four strategies
So you want to become a philosopher? Should you apply for graduate studies in philosophy? Maybe. But you should be aware that you will achieve your goal only if you overcome the following obstacles, one after the other: (A) You have to be admitted to a good graduate program in philosophy. (A number of extremely … More Advice to a former student, an aspiring philosopher
To give you a flavor, here is the table of contents and preface.
Many scholars want to believe that their research output is becoming better and better over the years. But they often worry that this may not be the case. I myself have no such worries since I can rigorously prove that the sequence of my books shows clear and measurable progress over time. My irrefutable evidence … More Progress in philosophy?