Philosophy of Space and Time: What is Space?

Samuel Clarke and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

Categories: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Historical Philosophy Author: Dan Peterson Word Count: 999 Imagine that every object in the universe – you, your chair, Earth, everything else – moved one meter to your left. Would you notice a difference? Facts about relative distances, like how far my chair is from me, would remain the same … Continue reading Philosophy of Space and Time: What is Space?

Dutch Book Arguments

A mural of Dutch books on a building in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Author: Daniel Peterson Categories: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Reasoning Word Count: 1000 Philosophers looking to support a position about how certain we ought to be of some belief, given our other beliefs, sometimes take advantage of Dutch book arguments. These arguments show that alternative positions lead to accepting a series of bets, each … Continue reading Dutch Book Arguments

All Essays

Essay Categories Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Africana Philosophy Buddhist Philosophy Chinese Philosophy Ethics Epistemology Historical Philosophy Islamic Philosophy Logic and Reasoning Metaphilosophy Metaphysics Phenomenology and Existentialism Philosophy of Education Philosophy of Law Philosophy of Mind and Language Philosophy of Race Philosophy of Religion Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Sex and Gender Social and Political … Continue reading All Essays

Historical Philosophy

How to Establish Social Order? Three Early Chinese Answers by Henrique Schneider Wu-Wei: Acting without Desire by Henrique Schneider Plato’s Form of the Good by Ryan Jenkins Why be Moral? Plato’s ‘Ring of Gyges’ Thought Experiment by Spencer Case Plato’s Crito: When should we break the law? by Spencer Case The Philosophy of Humor: What Makes Something … Continue reading Historical Philosophy

Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy I: The Superposition of Paths

Author: Thomas Metcalf Category: Philosophy of Science Word Count: 1000 Editor’s Note: This essay is the first in a series authored by Tom on the topic of quantum mechanics and philosophy. Read the second essay here and the third essay here. I. Introduction: A Story I’m going to tell a complicated and counter-intuitive story.1 The real-world situations … Continue reading Quantum Mechanics & Philosophy I: The Superposition of Paths

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