Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

Interview with Alvin Plantinga on Where the Conflict Really Lies

This month, Dr. Plantinga has released a new book taking on the claim that religion and science are incompatible. His book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, is sure to generate a lot of discussion and be the subject of much debate. I was fortunate to spend some time with him recently and talked about his book and how he thinks about this supposed conflict. [More]

Ballot Box Epistemology

Many voters form beliefs about candidates based not on any substantive arguments but on the rhetorical power of the candidate. While rhetoric has an important role to play in belief formation, rhetoric without a substantial foundation can be disastrous. This is particularly true when electing national leaders. [More]

The Malleability of Language

Two co-workers of mine have had a years-long debate over the proper meaning of the phrase, “lion’s share.” One colleague argued that the phrase referred to the entirety of something. Her opponent, referring to dictionaries and the like, argued that while the phrase may have had that meaning in the past, common usage no longer warrants that meaning: “lion’s share” now refers to the largest part or portion. [More]

Occupying Main Street

Margin Call, a new movie by writer and director J.C. Chandor is a story about a large investment bank that takes place during the 24 hours preceding the 2008 meltdown. The bankers are both the victims and the administrators of the collapse and the philosophical interest is found just in this space between these two. [More]

What is Knowledge?

In this article, we explore a definition of knowledge and how the question 'what is knowledge?' differs from the question 'what is truth?' We'll look at a standard approach to defining knowledge and how postmodernists treat the problem of knowledge. We also look at how belief and what one believes relates to what one knows. [More]

The Adjustment Bureau and Free Will

Movies are an excellent vehicle for illustrating philosophy. Whether it is the deontological ethics of The Lord of the Rings or the metaphysics of The Matrix, you can glean philosophical insight from just about any movie. When it comes to the concept of free will, The Adjustment Bureau is among recent big screen film to tackle this subject. [More]

What is Philosophy?

Defining philosophy, like defining any complex subject, is challenging. It’s challenging partly because it’s been around so long but also because it has many parts. But plenty of people have attempted to define the discipline and I’m going to take a stab at it in this article. [More]