The Splintered Mind
reflections in philosophy of psychology, broadly construed
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Elisabeth of Bohemia 1, Descartes 0
I'm loving reading the 1643 correspondence between Elisabeth of Bohemia and Descartes! I'm embarrassed to confess that I hadn'...
Friday, September 22, 2023
Percentage of Women Philosophy Majors Has Risen Sharply Since 2016 -- Why? Or: The 2017 Knuckle
Back in 2017, I noticed that the percentage of women philosophy majors in the U.S. had been 30%-34% for "approximately forever". ...
Friday, September 15, 2023
Walking the Walk: Frankness and Social Proof
My last two posts have concerned the extent to which ethicists should "walk the walk" -- that is, live according to, or at least...
Friday, September 08, 2023
One Reason to Walk the Walk: To Give Specific Content to Your Assertions
Last week, I discussed some reasons we might not expect or want professional ethicists to "walk the walk" in the sense of living b...
Friday, September 01, 2023
Does It Matter If Ethicists Walk the Walk?
The Question: What's Wrong with Scheler? There's a story about Max Scheler , the famous early 20th century Catholic German ethic...
Friday, August 25, 2023
Beliefs Don't Need to Be Causes (if Dispositions Aren't)
I favor a " dispositional " approach to belief , according to which to believe something is nothing more or less than to have a c...
Thursday, August 17, 2023
AI Systems Must Not Confuse Users about Their Sentience or Moral Status
[a 2900-word opinion piece that appeared last week in Patterns ] AI systems should not be morally confusing . The ethically correct wa...
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines 2023
Since 2014, I've compiled an annual ranking of science fiction and fantasy magazines, based on prominent awards nominations and "be...
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