Category Archives: Philosophy

Educational Philosophy – Historical Perspectives

Philosophical reflection upon education can be traced back to Plato’s Meno and Republic; the work of many mainstream philosophers since has educational relevance, but specific reference to education has been sporadic. When noted philosophers have turned directly to education their … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Philosophy | Tagged ,

Wisdom: Philosophical Aspects

The first part of the article retraces shifts in the understanding of wisdom from antiquity to modern times. Having originally, as with the Seven Sages of Greece, betokened practical–political expertise, ‘wisdom’ for Plato became a specifically theoretical notion, and for Aristotle the … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Wisdom | Tagged ,

Where Are the Women?: Why Expanding the Archive Makes Philosophy Better

Book – Philosophy has not just excluded women. It has also been shaped by the exclusion of women. As the field grapples with the reality that sexism is a central problem not just for the demographics of the field but also … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, women | Tagged ,

Women in Philosophy

The point in thinking about the intersection of feminism and philosophy is not only to do justice to historical women who have been excluded from our consideration. Rather the point is to gain traction on our own time. How have … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, women | Tagged ,

How do you approach public philosophy?

When I was in college, I saw dysfunctional academic philosophy first hand, the height of irony. In my junior year, two full professors in their prime left the Philosophy Department, and the department went into receivership. To my limited perspective, … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy | Tagged

Problems, philosophy and politics of climate science

This book is a critical appraisal of the status of the so-called Climate Sciences (CS). These are contributed by many other basic sciences like physics, geology, chemistry and as such employ theoretical and experimental methods. In the last few decades, … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, Philosophy | Tagged ,

Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy of Nature: System and Method in What is Philosophy?

For its elliptical style, What is Philosophy? appears to be fragmentary and inscrutable, and its reception has been correspondingly contentious. Following an intimation by Gilles Deleuze himself, this article proposes that his final book, written in collaboration with Félix Guattari, … Continue reading

Posted in Deleuze, Philosophy | Tagged ,

The Philosophy of Social Evolution

From mitochondria to meerkats, the natural world is full of spectacular examples of social behavior. In the early 1960s, Bill Hamilton changed the way we think about how such behavior evolves. He introduced three key innovations – now known as … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Social evolution | Tagged ,

Science as Social Existence: Heidegger and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge

Jeff Kochan’s book is distinguished by clearly formulated theses, convincing arguments, and far-reaching consequences. It continues the tradition of existential-phenomenological theories of science begun by Joseph Kockelmans, Patrick Heelan, Theodore Kisiel, and Martin Eger. The seven chapters focus on the … Continue reading

Posted in Heidegger, Philosophy, philosophy of science | Tagged , ,

Philosophy for Children

In the United States, philosophy typically makes its formal entry into the curriculum at the college level. A growing number of high schools offer some introduction to philosophy, often in special literature courses for college-bound students. In Europe and many … Continue reading

Posted in Children, Philosophy | Tagged ,