May 2005

Evolutionary Psychology: A Defense -- Sort of!

It's amazing how divided opinions are about evolutionary psychology.    Some very fine philosophers and cognitive  scientists are  really big fans of  the genre.    Other equally fine philosophers and cognitive scientists appear to  see little of merit in it.   The philosopher of biology John Dupre, who was a guest on our show a few weeks back talking about genetic determinism, says the following about the  evolutionary psychology of sex and gender:

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Sex, Prostitution, and Well-lived Lives

First, I want to thank Debra Satz for being our guest on the show yesterday.  It was interesting and fun.  I hope it was also enlightening.  The discussion certainly provoked lots of calls, e-mails, and even comments on the blog.  Even in philosophy, sex sells, I guess.

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Prostitution

The American Heritage Dictionary defines prostitution as “the act or practice of engaging in sex acts for hire.”  This definition may be a little obsolete.  First, while people of my generation include such things as oral sex under the term “sex acts,” the term now is often restricted to sexual intercourse.  Whether this is the effect of President Clinton’s use, or he was in fact simply very up-to-date, I do not know.  But if you look at online solicitations of prostitution, such as on Craig’s List under “erotic services,” you can see that the more restricted use is common.  Some ads say “

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Confucianism: Intelligent kindness

Posted by Paul KjellbergThe Master said, “At fifteen, I set my mind on learning. At thirty, I took my stand. At forty, I was free of doubts. At fifty, I understand heaven’s command. And at seventy, I could follow my heart’s desire without crossing the line.” (Analects 2.4)

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Kjellberg to Guest Blog

We at Philosophy Talk are pleased to announce that Paul Kjellberg who will be our on-air guest this coming week for a discussion  of Confucius and the philosophical heritage of ancient China, has agreed to guest blog on "Philosophy Talk: the Blog."  We are grateful to Paul for agreeing both to be our on-air guest and to help us extend the conversation to the blog sphere.  Please make Paul feel welcome here b

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Forgiveness Deserved, not Demanded

First I want to thank Charles Griswold for being our guest.  It was, I thought, a very thought-provoking conversation about a philosophically under-explored, but interesting and rich topic.  I look forward to what I gather will be a two volume set - one about forgiveness and sympathy and the other about imperfection -- from Charles.   I know that I personally  exemplify the latter and that I  need a lot of

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Forgiveness - the discussion continued....

posted by Charles Griswold

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To blog is to forgive?

In the movie “The Interpretor” Nicole Kidman stars as Silvia Broome.  She grew up among the Ku, in the fictional nation of Matobo.  When someone commits murder among the Ku, they are allowed to live for a year.  Then they are dumped in a lake with their hands tied.  The victim's family members must decide whether to plunge into the water and save them, or let them drown.  The prevailing wisdom among the Ku seems to be that those who save the murderer, in effect forgiving them, and releasing themselves from anger and resentment, are better off for it.

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Griswold to Guest Blog on Forgiveness

We at Philosophy Talk are pleased to announce that Charles Griswold, our guest for today's show on the topic of forgiveness,  has agreed to guest-blog.   It should be a fun show on a topic much discussed in religion and politics, but not much discussed by contemporary philosophers.   We are grateful to Charles for agreeing to appear on the show and also grateful to him for agreeing to guest blog.  Please make him feel welcome by commenting extensively on the threads he starts!

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