Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

Les Gilets Jaunes and the Hierarchy of Environmental Needs

"France is in flames" writes Alexander Finer in this article about Les Gilets Jaunes or "Yellow Vests" protests. Finer argues that the root of the controversy partly lies in a lack of awareness on the part of the French government to recognize how certain policies affect the ability of vulnerable parts of the population to meet basic felt needs. He roots his argument in Maslow's hierarchy which, he believes, can help us better understand what is fueling the discord as well as be used to facilitate a solution. [More]

How to Argue With People

Talking with people about difficult or controversial topics can be a real challenge (and it seems there are plenty of those conversations these days). This article covers the basics of argumentation and offers some strategies on how to make difficult conversations with people more productive. [More]

Taming the Beast: Building Self-regulating AI

Artificial Intelligence is all the rage these days–at least among the tech Illuminati. The attitude among the general population on the other hand seems to range from indifference, to fear, to outright antagonism. One of the big concerns many people share is the worry that AI systems will become too powerful and grow beyond the ability of their creators to manage and control. Is there a solution? [More]

What is Skepticism?

Dr. Joseph Shieber explores skepticism--a theory and approach to truth-gathering that has a long and sometimes less-than-favorable reputation. Dr. Shieber walks us through the history of skepticism, explores modern versions and possible refutations, then offers guidance on how to use a skeptical stance to get closer to the truth. With the constant barrage of the fake news, conflicting scientific claims, and social media demagoguery we're exposed to on a daily basis, this article is a must read! [More]