Monday, September 20, 2010

Philosophers' Carnival #114

Welcome to the 114th Philosophers' Carnival, a three-weekly roundup of philosophy blogging from around the web.

The great highlight for online philosophy this month was the launching of Philosophy TV, sporting "Bloggingheads"-style diavlogs between professional philosophers. The series kicked off with a discussion between Tamar Gendler and Eric Schwitzgebel on 'aliefs', 'beliefs', and implicit associations. Subsequent episodes can be found on the front page.

Timothy Williamson discusses the role of imagination in philosophy in the NY Times. And don't miss the latest post, this time by Jeff McMahan, exploring whether the controlled extinction of carnivorous species would be a good thing.

At Certain Doubts, Keith DeRose looks at advising students about whether to go to grad school.

Julian Sanchez explores the idea that we should understand the 4th amendment not in terms of individual 'privacy', but instead as a matter of the right of the citizenry in general to be 'secure' against the threat of pervasive government surveillance.

Harry Brighouse at Crooked Timber discusses the most important books on education in the last decade.

Over at the Florida Student Philosophy Blog, Edgar argues for the implementation of an unconditional basic income as superior to existing welfare state policies, while Aaron writes In Defence of Positive Relevance in confirmation theory.

Thom Brooks presents a paper on Hegel and Global Justice.

Matthew Flannagan points out that divine command theory, as a metaphysical thesis, is (at least) compatible with the idea that our moral knowledge is epistemically prior to our knowledge of divine commands.

Kenny Pearce discusses a Leibnizian cosmological argument.

Jim S. offers some critical comments on Patricia Churchland's Neurophilosophy.


That's it for this month! The next edition of the carnival will be hosted at The Sword and the Sacrifice Philosophy on Oct 11, and the host is especially inviting submissions related to Sam Harris' new book on moral naturalism -- see here for more detail (including links for background reading).

Finally, we're always on the lookout for new hosts to keep the carnival going. If you're interested, check out the hosting guidelines and send me an email.

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