Flexitarian vs. Vegetarian

Aug 17, 2017

Suppose our goal is to reduce overall meat consumption. Would it be better to become a vegetarian, who eats no meat, or a flexitarian, who eats a little meat? A recent Aeon article by Alberto Giubilini makes the case for flexitarianism.

Is Philosophy Just Harder Than Science?

Jul 21, 2017

Whereas science has accumulated an enormous wealth of knowledge about the world, philosophy hasn't produced conclusive answers to questions posed thousands of years ago. What's the reason for this difference? Could it be that philosophy is just harder than science?

To Game or Not to Game

Jul 11, 2017

Video game use among young, lower skilled men has increased markedly in the past few decades. In general, the underemployment of this demographic has struck many as deeply worrying, foreshadowing changes in the future of work and creating a need for a universal basic income.

Should Sex-Identity Be on Birth Certificates?

Jul 7, 2017

Why do we think it's so important to assign a sex and gender to a baby at birth? Does it serve an important public policy or public health purpose, or does this practice more reflect our irrational need to classify people along these axes as quickly as possible?

Habermas and the Fate of Democracy

Jun 20, 2017

Habermas has thought about the rise of a sort of authoritarian populism and the value of an inclusive and equal public sphere. On top of his intellectual pursuits, he has made a concerted effort to not to restrict his thoughts on democracy to the philosophy seminar room.

Why Do We Work 40 Hours a Week?

Jun 15, 2017

How did the standard 40 hours a week work schedule become so ubiquitous? Should we keep this standard or abandon it? Would we be more productive if we worked less? Does more time to reflect increase or decrease productivity?

Ai Weiwei: How Censorship Works

Jun 5, 2017

How does censorship really work? And what are its effects? To what extent are ordinary citizens responsible for government censorship? Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei takes to The Stone to make his case.

The Lifespan of a Genre

May 24, 2017

Why do your musical tastes get frozen over in your twenties? What does this stagnation have to do with the evolution and historicization of music genres? Should we encourage ourselves to listen to new music past our 30s?

Envisioning Eastern Hegemony

May 18, 2017

What would a world run by Eastern values look like? Would the world look meaningfully different under Eastern versus Western hegemony. Or would there just be different groups of people running roughly similarly structured institutions?

Nozick, Libertarianism, and Philosophy

May 10, 2017

What are the merits of Robert Nozick's libertarian, small-government philosophy? Why did Nozick move away from libertarianism as his views on philosophy changed? And what was his vision for the future of analytic philosophy?


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