Insecure philosophers, ctd.

Apropos of my earlier post on whether philosophy should be a science, Gawker has a solution! We are solving this entire problem, by revealing the exact order of all academic fields of study, ranked by how real they are. (Completely fake fields of study have been left off the list.) What makes one field more…

Insecure philosophers

I thought this column by Colin McGinn in the New York Times was a cute, subtle joke. But McGinn has replied to his critics, and now I actually think he might be serious. Here’s the idea he puts forward: let’s rename ‘philosophy.’ Let’s call it ontical science. Or ontics. There are two basic reasons he puts forward…

Jane Austen, philosophical psychologist

Here’s kind of an odd, but very interesting post, arguing that Jane Austen is a better moral philosopher than a writer, and she’s not a writer with much psychological insight. I think the contrast between good philosopher/bad writer-psychologist was originally meant to be more stark, but an update at the end of the post indicates…