Reflections Category

[Reflections] Are We “Really Just” Animals?

I want to get clear on my place in a world that I inhabit with an animal body. That requires resisting attempts to inflate my significance beyond the animal. But it also requires resisting attempts to deflate it.

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[Reflections] Does Philosophy Make Progress?

In technical terms, pretty much any PhD graduate leaves Plato in the dust. On the other hand, the Republic is a book I actually want to read.

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[Reflections] Irreverence is not the opposite of reverence; or why there are Buddhist punks

When false reverence is rampant, renewed calls to reverence risk exacerbating the problem. Sometimes what’s needed is for someone to step in boldly and take the piss.

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[Reflections] Some Misgivings about the 2020 PhilPapers Survey

The questions prod respondents to think about philosophy in a certain way that many people—the authors presumably included—so take for granted that they don’t even notice that there’s prodding going on.

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[Reflections] Quixotic Confucius

On a recent reading of the Analects, it struck me that Confucius has a lot in common with Don Quixote.

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