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Brandon on Zombies

Zombies have invaded the philosophy blogosphere, and Brandon of Siris, in providing links to all the other stuff, made some pretty strong claims that I was hoping he’d expand upon. And fortunately he has, in a follow up post that’s a must-read for those who are interested in this sort of thing. The post is…

Animal Rights and Animal Research

So there’s a Behavioral and Brain Sciences paper in press on the cognitive differences between human and nonhuman animals that is related, in some ways, to my own work (it even cites me twice… yay, the citation count for that paper just jumped to, like, 4). The paper is sure to be controversial for a…

I’ve been out of town since Saturday, with no internet access. Thank goodness for tiny islands on the gulf coast of Florida. Unfortunately, I’m still sick, and I’m exhausted, so I’m going to have to hold off on posts that actually require work. Just to give you some previews, I’m working on some posts related…

More on Richard Rorty’s Death

First, an obituary by his friend, Jürgen Habermas. It begins with a story of Rorty making light of the illness that ultimately killed him: After three or four paragraphs of sarcastic analysis came the unexpected sentence: ” Alas, I have come down with the same disease that killed Derrida.” As if to attenuate the reader’s…

R.I.P. Richard Rorty

Mind Metaphors

Some of you who are interested in the history of psychology or philosophy of mind might find this paper interesting: Gentner, D., & Grudin, J. (1985). The evolution of mental metaphors in psychology: A 90-year retrospective. American Psychologist, 40(2), 181-192. Abstract It seems plausible that the conception of the mind has evolved over the first…

The second Online Philosophy Conference has begun, and the first week’s presentations are up. If you didn’t participate in last year’s OPC, here’s how it works: a presentation and one or two responses are posted for you to read, and comments are open to everyone for discussion. This year, they’ve also included two keynote addresses,…

Framing the Great Atheist Schism

As Trinifar says, we’re witnessing a great atheist schism. While there are actually several different types of atheists participating (I wonder if we’re just playing into the hands of anti-atheist rhetoric by pretending we are, or should be, a homogenous group), the tendency is to classify the participants into one of two groups. I’m not…

John Rawls and Cognitive Science

Some of you may find this book chapter interesting: Hauer, M.D., Young, L., & Cushman, F. (in press): Reviving Rawls’ Linguistic Analogy: Operative principles and the causal structure of moral actions. In Moral Psychology and Biology.