Monthly Archives: January 2013

Defining Academic Freedom

From Cary Nelson, AAUP President: Over the course of decades, a great many books, essays, and policies have been written and published about academic freedom. We have learned how to apply it to pedagogical, technological, cultural, and political realities that … Continue reading

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The Arrogance of Theism and Atheism

A popular argument among philosophers and pseudo-philosophers is the existence or nonexistence of God. Even though many philosophers have long pointed out the futility of having the debate, in certain circles it rages on. A circle is the proper analogy … Continue reading

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The Misleading Distinction

Traditionally, the period of “modern philosophy” (Bacon to Kant, 1590-1790) has been divided into empiricists and rationalists. On the “empirical” side are Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. On the “rationalist” side are Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz. The rationale given for … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Descrates

Rene Descartes is one of the few philosophers students have heard about before they take a philosophy course. Descartes is known for “I think, therefore I am”—the famous “Cogito” that almost everyone knows. But knowing the quote doesn’t mean you … Continue reading

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No, Skepticism is Not an Answer

So often you see professional philosophers commit bonehead mistakes. I recently ran across one. Barry Stroud attacks the notion of a “privileged class” of statements that are “transcendental arguments” Such arguments are statements that when uttered meaningfully by certain individuals, … Continue reading

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