September 2015

Dance as a Way of Knowing

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Technological Immortality

Immortality, of the desirable kind, usually brings Heaven to mind. A great place to live, if the details are a bit obscure. But, as far as I have been told, the only technology involved is doing what God wants you to do, and then dying. So has Apple or Microsoft come up with a better way of getting to Heaven?

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What is a Culture of Victimhood?

A few thoughts about so-called cultures of victimhood and whether it's a new, old, or even real phenomenon, prompted partly by  recent "debates" over trigger warnings, but also by our recent episode on the Changing Face of Feminism.  I put "debates" in quotes like that because  I think of the debates more as heated exchanges.  Way too  much talking past each other and way too little sympathetic listening has gone on.

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The Changing Face of Feminism

Feminism is a complex set of ideologies and theories, but on the most basic level, its goal is to achieve equal social, political, and economic rights for women.

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Ashley Madison, accommodation, and silencing

I recently read, with much interest, Jason Stanley’s How Propoganda Works and found it extremely stimulating and thought provoking.  It was exciting to see how Stanley sees his work in even the most arcane areas of formal philosophy (philosophy of language and epistemology) as bearing on the most important political issues our society faces—issues of racism and injustice in liberal democracies.  Equally as stimulating, has been following up on some of the sources Stanley cites as influencing his thinking on these matters. 

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The Ethics of Drone Warfare

A big part of the moral problem with drones is that they make it too easy for the powers-that-be to bomb whomever they want without much political fallout. Sending troops in on the ground and putting them in direct danger comes with political consequences, but if we attack our so-called “enemies” remotely, and don’t have soldiers coming back in body bags, then there’s not going to be nearly as much backlash.

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Has Science Replaced Philosophy?

As someone who makes her living as a philosopher, it’s probably already obvious that I don’t think science has (or could) replace philosophy. While both aim at the truth, they clearly have different methods and tackle different problems.

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