Lately it is beginning to appear as though Naturalism is experiencing a backlash in certain intellectual circles. Take Timothy Williamson’s recent article in the New York Times regarding, essentially, why he is not a Naturalist. Or the recent discussion, which I wrote about last year, of fMRI studies and the responses from some contemporary philosophers over at Flickers of Freedom. The conclusion of many there was that clearly these studies jumped the gun in claiming to have abolished the possibility of metaphysical freedom (a conclusion with which I agree) and that there are many varied approaches to theory of mind that include both determinist elements as well as new conceptions of the self that mitigate concerns of an absence of freedom. Read more…
- University of North Florida Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Facebook page March 18, 2013For those interested, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Florida now has a Facebook page. Here it is. Like the page, and you can keep up to date with the events, activities, and accomplishments related to the department.Jon
- 16th Annual Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference Schedule February 21, 2013Here is the conference schedule for the upcoming Northeast Florida Student Philosophy Conference. The conference will be held at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville. Meetings will be held in building 39, room 1009. Everyone is welcome to attend. 9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks – Bert Koegler (North Florida) 9:10 – 10:25 […] […]Jon
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- Did the eyes really stare down bicycle crime in Newcastle? May 16, 2013This is the first fortnightly column I’ll be writing for The Conversation, a creative commons news and opinion website that launched today. The site has been set up by a number of UK universities and bodies such as the Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation and HEFCE, following the successful model of the Australian version of the […]tomstafford
- A world of swearing May 15, 2013The Boston Globe has a short but fascinating interview on the history of swearing where author Melissa Mohr describes how the meaning of the act of swearing has changed over time. IDEAS: Are there other old curses that 21st-century people would be surprised to hear about? MOHR: Because [bad words] were mostly religious in the […]vaughanbell