Top News, Articles, and Interviews in Philosophy

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]

Movie Notes: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh explores coginitive biases and dissonance against a backdrop of abuse, intolerance, bias, authority, revenge, and despair. Though a dark film, it's not gloomy. With high-energy actors and actresses, enough dark comedy to lighten the load, and a solid screenplay, the film works as a philosophical and emotional exploration. [More]

When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy

I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same. [More]

What is Truth?

In this article, we look at a definition of truth and how various systems of philosophy define truth, how to determine what is true, how the question 'what is truth' differs from the question 'what is knowledge', and how facts and reality relate to the question of truth. [More]

Seize the New Year

I know themes of “self-actualization” and “authenticity” have turned into pop-psychological nonsense in recent days but the nonsense is a bastardization of ideas that are not only sensical but essential, I think, for human thriving. In this passage, Frankfurt briefly unpacks Baruch Spinoza’s idea of love and joy as a catalyst for determining how we ought to orient our lives. [More]