Welcome to the September 19th edition of the Philosopher’s Carnival. As always, there is a lot good philosophy happening on the internet. It’s hard to keep up with everything, but I offer my recommendations for the best in academic philosophy blogging for the last 3 weeks.
Philosophy of mind & philosophy of psychology broadly construed
- Kenny Pearce (http://blog.kennypearce.net)”, in post called “Berkeley, Commonsense, and Surprising Discoveries“, discusses the relationship between commonsense and philosophical and scientific discovery, particularly in respect to questions of freewill.
- Luke Muehlhauser (http://lukeprog.com/index.html), in a post called “The Cognitive Science of Rationality“, gives a basic overview of the cognitive science of rationality.
- Mohan Matthen (NewAPPS), in a post called “When Does One-Shot Induction Work?“, discusses issues in the philosophy of science through the example of Broca’s area and questions of brain localization.
- Richard Brown, in a post called “Stazicker on Attention and Mental Paint“, talks about James Stazicker’s paper “Attention, Visual Knowledge, and Psychophysics”.
- Peter (Conscious Entities), in a post called “Not Exactly Free“, discusses some issues related to the freewill debate in response to this piece in NatureNews.
- Eric Schwitzgebel (The Splintered Mind), in a post called “The External World: More Experimental Evidence of Its Existence“, gives an interesting solution to the traditional problem of proving the external world exists beyond the stream of experience.
- I humbly submit one of my own posts, “Thoughts on the fundamental problem of representation“, which attempts to answer the question “What is a representation?And how does it work?”
- Richard Chappell (Philosophy, etc.), in a post called “Elite Normativity“, engages in metaethical inquiry and puts pressure on naturalists who appeal to “Lewisian ‘Elite’ properties” to try and settle normative issues.
- Yeah, Ok, But Still, in a post called “Meta-ethics and scholasticism“, offers an interesting perspective on the noncogntivism vs cognitivism debate in contemporary meta-ethics.
- Dave Maier (3quarksdaily), in a post called “What kind of perspectivist is Nietzsche?”, discusses questions of truth and knowledge in a long post on how to properly understand Nietzsche
- Philosopher professor Timothy Williamson skeptically asks “What is naturalism?” in the NYT’s The Stone. Philosopher professor Alex Rosenberg responds to Williamson in a post called “Why I am a Naturalist“. More discussion here.
Philosophy of Language
- Philip Cartwright (Philosophical Investigations), in a post called “Of Simples and Samples“, discusses some pressing issues in the philosophy of language by means of comparing early and later Wittgenstein.
- Kelly Jolley (Quantum Est In Rebus Inane), in a post called “Reading “RM” 11: “The Grace of Our First Certainties”, comments on a passage of Merleau-Ponty dealing with Montaigne.
- Heated discussion about Derrida over at NewAPPS here and here.
- Rick Sincere (Book Reviews by Rick Sincere), interviews philosophy professor Jason Brennan about his new book The Ethics of Voting.
- Jeremy Pierce (Parableman), in a post called “White Philosophers and Black Conversations“, discusses some issues concerning the latest decision by Brian Leiter to include “philosophy of race” as a category on the next revision of the Philosophical Gourmet Report.
- I recommend all philosophers read the blog “What Is It Like To Be a Woman In Philosophy?” as well as the blog “Disabled Philosophers“
- Rachel, in a post called “How to finish a PhD“, offers some helpful advice on how to complete a dissertation project.
- Check out this discussion of the “two-body problem” in academia over at the Philosophy Smoker
And that’s it for this edition of the Philosopher’s Carnival!