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?
An introduction to the Philosophy of Space and Time. Are the Past and Future Real?
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
Author: Daniel Peterson Categories: Epistemology, Philosophy of Science, Logic and Reasoning Word count: 998 Imagine that Beauty takes part in an experiment: on Sunday night, she is put to sleep. Then, the experimenters flip a fair coin. If the coin lands heads, Beauty is awakened on Monday, then is put back to sleep until the … Continue reading The Sleeping Beauty Problem
Author: Nathan Nobis Category: Ethics Word count: 1000 Listen here Sadly, there are people in very bad medical conditions who want to die. They are in pain, they are suffering, and they no longer find their quality of life to be at an acceptable level anymore. When people like this are kept alive by machines … Continue reading Euthanasia, or Mercy Killing
Author: Taylor W. Cyr Category: Metaphysics Word Count: 1000 Time travel is familiar from science fiction and is interesting to philosophers because of the metaphysical issues it raises: the nature of time, causation, personal identity, and freedom, among others. It’s widely accepted that time travel to the future is possible, but the possibility of backward … Continue reading Time Travel
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 Aristotle’s Defense of Slavery by Dan Lowe … Continue reading Historical Philosophy
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
Welcome to 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology, an ever-growing set of original 1000-word essays on philosophical questions, figures, and arguments. We have over 160 essays and publish new ones frequently, so please check back for updates, follow on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe here to receive email notifications of new essays. Some of our most … Continue reading
Philosophy and Its Contrast with Science by Thomas Metcalf Karl Popper and Falsificationism by Michael Zerella The Problem of Induction by Kenneth Blake Vernon Laws of Nature by Michael Zerella Thomas Kuhn, Paradigm Shifts, and Academic Rifts by Michael Zerella Philosophy of Space and Time: Are the Past and Future Real? by Dan Peterson Philosophy of Space and Time: What … Continue reading Philosophy of Science