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Philosophy at a biggish university

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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To get an idea of what a philosophy department does or can do at a biggish (20k +) university, along with the troubles it often faces from the administration, read this NYT article about the philosophy department at Auburn University. It certainly portrays what philosophy can offer in a favorable light. But at the same time, the article does unwittingly take some swipes at philosophy, and gets things wrong. For a useful discussion, see this blog posting.


1 Comment

  1. ashok says:

    Thank you so much for the link! If there are interesting and unique happenings or papers or anything that you feel the entire blogosphere should know about, let me know, I’ll be happy to help either via my blog or some sort of promotion mechanism.

    I don’t think people realize just how delicate the intelligent side of the Internet is, how well it stays hidden. I’m curious as to opinions why that might be.


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