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Call for submissions: The Philosophers’ Carnival

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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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The Philosophers’ Carnival is an online gathering of philosophical essays from blogs around the world. It happens every three weeks, moving from hosting blog to hosting blog. (Read more here.) will be the host for the April 25th Carnival. Anyone can submit – one needn’t be a “professional” philosopher, or a professional anything – though of course there’s no guarantee that everything will be included. So, please, submit entries that have intrigued you, whether you wrote them or not! We will be reviewing submissions from now until the 23rd or so.

The Carnival will accept essays on all worthy topics, but let’s set a topic of special interest: whether neuroscience really explains mentality. Of course, there are lots of claims that it does, ranging from the silly to the revealing. But how much of this is mere hype, and how much is paradigm shift?


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