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Philosophy Limerick of the Day: Wittgenstein

By Jason Zarri There was once a philosopher, Witt Who acted just like a git He picked up a poker, and when thought a joker Stormed out of the room in a fit

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor To the Editor: Sir. Thank you for taking my letter. I am writing the Scholardarity Philosophy Editor to challenge an assertion made by Richard Dawkins to the effect that belief in religion is similar to belief in the “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” The argument rests on a premise that religious belief or more »

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Tenseless* Presentism

 Tenseless* Presentism Jason Zarri (* For the purposes of this post I consider only the past and future tenses as genuine tenses. Think of the “present tense” as the null tense, if you like.)   I believe there’s a way for presentists to have their Relativistic cake and eat it too. That is, I think more »

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Ways Modality Could Be

Jason Zarri In this post I want to introduce the idea of a higher-order modal logic—not a modal logic for higher-order predicate logic, but rather a logic of higher-order modalities. “What is a higher-order modality?”, you might be wondering. Well, if a first-order modality is a way that some entity could have been—whether it is more »

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Hard Compatibilism?

Hard Compatibilism?   Jason Zarri   Incompatibilism is the view that free will is incompatible with determinism; compatibilism is the view that it is compatible with it. Libertarianism is the combination of of incompatibilism with the view that determinism is false, hard determinism is the combination of incompatibilism with the view that determinism is true. more »

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Climate Change (Infographic)

Allison Lee has shared an infographic on climate change with us. Thanks Allison!   Created by: Learnstuff.com Original Infographic: Here  

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Looking for Guest Bloggers

For a while my blog Philosophical Pontifications and this blog have, unfortunately, been primarily monologues. In the interest of starting more conversations, both about philosophy and the humanities in general, I’ve decided to look for guest bloggers. You can contribute one post, a series of posts, or even become a regular contributor–it’s entirely up to more »

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The Nature of Analytic Metaphysics

The Nature of Analytic Metaphysics Jason Zarri   As he was leaving a philosophy conference in a nearby possible world, one of my counterparts overheard the following conversation:   Smith: Great job on your presentation on the problem of the many! You almost convinced me to give up on multipleism. Jones: Glad to hear it! more »

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All My Personal Information Is For-Sale on the Internet!

All My Personal Information Is For-Sale on the Internet!   Peter Krey   I plugged my name into Google and Peoplefinder was offering my name, age, and previous addresses for free, and different levels of my information for a dollar, fifteen dollars, or forty dollars a month, that is, 39.95, of course! We have returned more »

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On Imagination and Conception

      A Note to the Reader:   What follows is the text of an (unpublished) essay that I wrote back in 2002. I was 16 at the time, and because of that this essay contains some misunderstandings, is a bit simplistic, and–to put it in way that’s kind to my past self –“overconfident” more »

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