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Teaching Philosophy of Science to scientists: why, what and how

This paper provides arguments to philosophers, scientists, administrators and students for why science students should be instructed in a mandatory, custom-designed, interdisciplinary course in the philosophy of science. The argument begins by diagnosing that most science students are taught only … Continue reading

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The Love Affair between Philosophy and Poetry: Aristotle’s Poetics and Narrative Identity

In order to grasp the distinctive character of the object imitated in tragedies, Aristotle’s Poetics introduces a new notion of action (praxis), which does not refer to individual ethical deeds as in the Ethics. Rather, it signifies a whole with … Continue reading

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Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy

This is a very ambitious book. Silvia Jonas sets out to articulate ‘a common ground for any account of the metaphysics of ineffability’. She defines the ineffable as a nonlinguistic item which it is in principle impossible to express in … Continue reading

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Islamic Philosophers to Know

If challenged to name ten philosophers in ten seconds, some of us might make it to ten. Most of us could possibly hit seven. Of those, the majority are likely to be ancient Greek figures with the remainder more modern, … Continue reading

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Why Philosophy Needs Literature

Why do you think that philosophy (in general) needs literature, the humanities, and other arts? The answer to that question goes to the heart of my recent book Inside Ethics which is—this is one way of putting it—an argument for … Continue reading

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Philosophy Is Not a Science

In sum, philosophy is not science. For it employs the rational tools of logical analysis and conceptual clarification in lieu of empirical measurement. And this approach, when carefully carried out, can yield knowledge at times more reliable and enduring than … Continue reading

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The Value of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary research has become an increasingly common means to conduct scientific research. Many pressing problems, like climate change, require examination that relies on the methods and insights of a range of academic disciplines. But interdisciplinary research is challenging. Disagreement on … Continue reading

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Philosophy 100 Essential Thinkers

Philosophy in the West has a long and venerable tradition, stretching back to almost six centuries before the birth of Christ. 100 Essential Thinkers introduces one hundred of the world’s greatest philosophers and locates them within the school to which … Continue reading

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Can Philosophy survive in an academy driven by impact and employability?

Those hungry for an understanding of the human world find some tools, in elementary logic and critical thinking, and will practise taking care to say what they mean. Philosophy is useful, yet its chief value for students lies not in … Continue reading

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The contemporary relevance of Wittgenstein: Reflections and directions

…  we discuss the development of Wittgenstein’s thought, distinguish what we take to be well-travelled versus less well-travelled aspects of his philosophy of psychological phenomena and summarize the diverse contributions to this collection. In order to do so, we briefly … Continue reading

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