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William James on Donald Trump
I just stumbled across the following passage in an
address that William James gave in 1897 on the occasion of the unveiling of the
Robert Gould Shaw monument in Boston. In the light of recent developments in
the United States, I thought I should share it as...

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Galen Strawson against Narrativity
his paper “Against Narrativity” (in Real
Materialism and Other Essays , Oxford: Clarendon Press 2008), Galen Strawson
attacks two common views: the descriptive claim that we typically experience
our life as some kind of narrative or story (aka the ‘psych...

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Susan Wolf on Meaning in Life
excellent summary of Susan Wolf’s well-known account of meaningfulness can be
found in her book Meaning in Life and Why
It Matters (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2010). The
book also includes insightful commentaries by John Koethe, Rob...

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Antti Kauppinen on Meaningfulness and Time
a very long and rich paper on “Meaningfulness and Time”, published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84/2 (2012): 345-377, Antti Kauppinen defends what he calls the “Teleological View
of meaningfulness”. Meaningfulness is here understood as one...

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Guy Kahane on our Cosmic Significance
a paper entitled “Our Cosmic Insignificance”, published in Nous 48.4 (2014): 745-772, Guy Kahane attempts to clarify what
cosmic significance (and its opposite, cosmic in significance) actually is and whether we really are as
“cosmically insignificant” a...

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is widely thought (though hardly uncontested) that a life (and certain
activities in life) can not only be happy or unhappy (as well as more or less
happy or unhappy), but also meaningful or meaningless (or perhaps more or less
meaningful). People do not...

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Gregory E. Kaebnick on Nature and Moral Humility
as a profession has a strong tendency to simplify things, to do away with the
messiness of real-life situations, to escape from the fuzziness of real-life
ethics. It seeks to impose order and rational structure onto the chaos of our
moral life. Ir...

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David Benatar Debating Procreation: Is It Wrong to Reproduce?
years after Better Never to Have Been (Oxford University Press 2006), David Benatar has published yet another book about
the harm of coming into existence: Debating
Procreation. Is It Wrong to Reproduce? (Oxford University Press 2015).
Roughly half of ...

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David Benatar on the Harm of Coming into Existence
his book Better Never to Have Been. The
Harm of Coming into Existence (Oxford University Press 2006), David Benatar
skilfully defends the seemingly absurd view that we would all be better off if
we had never been born and that, precisely for this reason,...

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Lazari-Radek and Singer on the Objectivity of Ethics and the Unity of Practical Reason
Lazari-Radek and Peter Singer’s paper “The Objectivity of Ethics and the Unity
of Practical Reason”, published in Ethics 123 (2012): 9-31, aims to defend the objectivity of ethics, or more precisely
the objectivity of a particular ethical judgemen...
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