Philosophers' Corner

  • The Limits of Self Knowledge

    There’s a long tradition in philosophy of thinking that we actually know ourselves quite well. Descartes, who has a reasonable claim to be the founder of this tradition, apparently thought that we had infallible and complete knowledge of everything going on in our minds. 

    June 25, 2016 | 8 comments | Read More »
  • Stagehands in the Theatre of Life

    No artwork is made entirely by one individual. Even so-called “one-man shows” have producers, lighting designers, ushers, box offices, theatre janitors, creative consultants, set designers, and stagehands. So should we ditch the metaphorical idea of making life into a work of art?

    June 22, 2016 | 1 comment | Read More »
  • The Philanthropy Trap

    Is private philanthropy an unalloyed good, or is it fundamentally undemocratic? Would the world be a better place without charitable foundations funded by the billionaire class? Or do we need these organizations to tackle chronic social problems?

    June 17, 2016 | 4 comments | Read More »
  • Sleeping, Dreaming, and the Well-Lived Life

    We spend so much of our lives asleep, but we philosophers have had very little to say about it. Maybe that's because Philosophy is mostly about things we’re conscious of -- our experiences, our choices, our beliefs. We’re mostly NOT conscious when we sleep, so you might wonder who cares, really.

    June 13, 2016 | 2 comments | Read More »



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