The pandemic has slowed me down somewhat -- as you'll see from the paucity of new circulating drafts below. Keeping up with existing projects proved to be plenty to manage.
- A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures, MIT Press (hardback 2019), was released in paperback.
If you like this blog, you'll probably enjoy A Theory of Jerks, since it is composed of 58 of my favorite blog posts and op-eds (among over a thousand I've published since 2006), revised and updated.
- Philosophy Through Science Fiction Stories, (with Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt), an edited collection of mostly new stories, forthcoming with Bloomsbury.
- The Weirdness of the World with Princeton UP.
- As co-editor with Helen De Cruz and Rich Horton, a yet-to-be-titled anthology with MIT Press containing great classics of philosophical SF.
Full-length non-fiction essays
Appearing in print in 2020:
- "Do ethics classes influence student behavior? Case study: Teaching the ethics of eating meat" (with Bradford Cokelet and Peter Singer). Cognition, 203, 104397. [Results featured in Psychology Today and Scientific American.]
- "Designing AI with rights, consciousness, self-respect, and freedom" (with Mara Garza), in S.M. Liao, ed., The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. Oxford UP.
- "Kant meets cyberpunk", Disputatio, 11, 411-435 [dated 2019].
- "The pragmatic metaphysics of belief", in Cristina Borgoni and Dirk Kindermann, eds., The Fragmented Mind. Oxford UP.
- "Is there something it's like to be a garden snail?", Philosophical Topics.
- "Empirical relationships among five types of well-being" (with Seth Margolis, Daniel J. Ozer, and Sonja Lyubomirsky). In M.T. Lee, L.D. Kubzansky, and T.J. VanderWeele, eds., Measuring well-being. Oxford UP.
- "Susan Schneider's proposed tests for AI consciousness: Promising but flawed" (with David B. Udell), Journal of Consciousness Studies.
- "Inflate and explode". (I'm trying to decide whether to trunk this one or continue revising it.)
- "Against the mind package view of minds: Comments on Carrie Figdor's Pieces of Mind", Mind and Language, 35, 671-676.
- "Rationalization in the pejorative sense: Cushman's account overlooks the scope and costs of rationalization" (with Jonathan Ellis), Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 43, e28: 22-23.
- "The jerks of academe", Chronicle of Higher Education, (Jan. 31). [A Longreads pick for best longform stories on the web.]
- "The best books on philosophical wonder", interview with Nigel Warburton at Five Books (May 4).
- "On crazyism, jerkitude, garden snails and other philosophical puzzles", interview with John Horgan at Scientific American (Jul. 6).
- "Believing in monsters: David Livingstone Smith on the subhuman", Nautilus (Sep. 11).
- Passion of the Sun Probe, AcademFic, 1, 7-11.
- "Do business ethics classes make students more ethical? Students and instructors agree: they do!" (Feb. 19).
- "Snail weather" (Mar. 24)
- "Contest winner! A philosophical argument that effectively convinces research participants to donate to charity" (Jun. 23).
"Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird" (originally published in Clarkesworld in 2019) is probably my best received story so far. In 2020 it was podcasted a second time and also translated into Chinese:
- podcasted in Escape Pod, episode 729 (Apr 23, 2020).
- translated into Chinese for Science Fiction World (probably the highest circulation SF magazine in the world), Aug 2020, 58-68.
Also newly translated: