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What is an action?

What is an action?
Ava Ava 14 October, 2020
If “in fact … the most essential part of the person is constituted by her actions”, as I maintained, with Korsgaard, in my last blog, what then is an action? When do we say that what constitutes us is not just a movement of our limbs, so a piece of beha...
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Philosophy by the Way: Meaning

Philosophy by the Way: Meaning
Krishna Krishna 12 October, 2020
In my last blog I referred to my distinction meaning 1 / meaning 0 which I had used in older blogs. However, now I realize that I have never well explained here this important distinction. Therefore, let me do this now.Let me repeat Stoutland’s example ...
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I act so i am

I act so i am
Ava Ava 5 October, 2020
By far my most successful blog is “I act, therefore I am”, written about twelve years ago. It has been read already more than 16,000 times, while my second successful blog (“By accident” and “by mistake”) has been read “only” 5,000 times. In the blog “I...
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Mass murder in the borderlands

Mass murder in the borderlands
Krishna Krishna 14 September, 2020
The facts of mass murder in eastern Europe in the 1930s through the 1950s are simply too horrific to fully absorb. These decades include the mass killings of millions of Jewish men, women, and children by the Nazi state and military and their collaborat...
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Being introvert in covid-19 times

Being introvert in covid-19 times
Deepa Deepa 6 September, 2020
Concert in Covid-19 times: Only a limited number of visitors allowed because of the corona restrictions.Suppose a close friend invites you for his birthday party, like every year. You don’t know most people that will come there and you always find it di...
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Face mask required

Face mask required
Krishna Krishna 25 August, 2020
In the Netherlands face masks are mainly required in public transport in the fight against the coronavirus. This inspired me to take and make this photo, titled "Face mask required". You find more corona photos by me here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/p...
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Judt on "a clown in regal purple"

Judt on "a clown in regal purple"
Ava Ava 13 August, 2020
There is an intriguing paragraph in Tony Judt and Tim Snyder's Thinking the Twentieth Century that made me curious. Judt says to Snyder:My own tenure case at Berkeley proceeded under the shadow cast by a long article I published in 1979 criticizing popu...
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Tony judt on memory and myth in the twentieth century

Tony judt on memory and myth in the twentieth century
Ava Ava 13 August, 2020
One of the historians whose work I greatly appreciate is Tony Judt. I've posted about his seminal book about Europe after World War II (Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 (link, link)) and his history of the French left in
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The cooperation paradox

The cooperation paradox
Ava Ava 13 August, 2020
While some scientists, like Frans de Waal, try to show that man is not so unique in the animal world as we think, others, like Michael Tomasello, just try to show that we are distinct. An approach like the one by De Waal teaches us to be modest and that...
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What is a group?

What is a group?
Ava Ava 31 July, 2020
Everybody has the same intention, but do they form a group?Farmer's demonstration in The Hague, Netherlands, 2019One of the major problems in the philosophy of action is how it is possible that a group acts while actually the acts are performed by the m...
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A big-data contribution to the history of philosophy

A big-data contribution to the history of philosophy
Ashwini Ashwini 28 June, 2020
The history of philosophy is generally written by subject experts who explore and follow a tradition of thought about which figures and topics were "pivotal" and thereby created an ongoing research field. This is illustrated, for example, in Stephen Sch...
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Guest post by nicholas preuth

Guest post by nicholas preuth
Ava Ava 21 June, 2020
Nicholas Preuth is a philosophy student at the University of Michigan. His primary interests fall in the philosophy of law and the philosophy of social science. Thanks, Nick, for contributing this post!Distinguishing Meta-Social Ontology from Social Ont...
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Shared intentions

Shared intentions
Ava Ava 12 June, 2020
Musica Temprana in Vredenburg/Tivoli, 15 December 2019Now that the lockdown gradually is lifted in many countries, maybe it is time to write in my blogs about something else than about themes related to the corona pandemic, as I have done during the pas...
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The prevention paradox

The prevention paradox
Deepa Deepa 7 June, 2020
“Should we sacrifice individual freedom for the benefit of the population health? Or should we simply help those who really need it? These are questions that health authorities in all countries struggle with.” These are the first sentences of an article...
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Philosophy by the Way: Face masks

Philosophy by the Way: Face masks
Ashwini Ashwini 31 May, 2020
In these days that the coronavirus rules the world, we see a new phenomenon: People publicly wear face masks. Also in the past (especially in East Asia) people sometimes wore them in public, usually in order to prevent that others would be infected when...
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Rosa cao and dan yamins livestream “making sense of mechanism” on may 22

Rosa cao and dan yamins livestream “making sense of mechanism” on may 22
Deepa Deepa 19 May, 2020
Contributor InstructionsThe Brains BlogSince 2005, a leading forum for work in the philosophy and science of mind Menu Skip to content Contributor InstructionsMasthead Founder:Gualtiero Piccinini Managing Editor:John Schwenkler Contributing Editors:R...
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Freedom in corona times

Freedom in corona times
Krishna Krishna 11 May, 2020
I always avoid to write here about themes that I have treated before. Nevertheless, sometimes it happens. It can be that I have forgotten what I had written about before, which is not strange if you realize that I write these blogs already for thirteen ...
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Social factors driving technology

Social factors driving technology
Ava Ava 4 May, 2020
In a recent post I addressed the question of how social and political circumstances influence the direction of technological change (link). There I considered Thomas Hughes's account of the development of electric power as a "socio-technological system"...
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The trolley problem and moral judgment

The trolley problem and moral judgment
Ava Ava 13 April, 2020
The so-called “trolley problem” is more relevant than ever before in these days that the coronavirus rules the world. Lately yet, in my blog dated 23 March 2020, I discussed its relation to the corona crisis. Since then, again and again I have seen disc...
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The unreliability of naive introspection

The unreliability of naive introspection
Ashwini Ashwini 11 April, 2020
Wesley Buckwalter has a new podcast Journal Entries, in which philosophers spend 30-50 minutes walking listeners through the main ideas of one of their papers, sometimes adding new subsequent reflections or thoughts about future research in the area. To...
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