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By William Nava
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Exploring paradoxes, philosophical thought experiments, and other pointless problems.
||CleanJc Beall: Logic of Christ | WSB #44||Christ is a walking contradiction. He is both fully human and fully divine. Indeed, he is both mutable and immutable. According to classical logic, the ...||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJason Lee Byas: Against Criminal Justice | WSB #43||What gives some people the right to put others in prison? Is prison - and the criminal justice system generally -an ethically permissible method for ...||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen Read: Bradwardine Solution to the Liar | WSB #42||For much of the 20th century, the Liar paradox has stood as an elusive and stubborn puzzle. The main solutions to it have significant drawbacks, such as ...||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen Read: Liar Paradox | WSB #41||"This sentence is false". Is that sentence true or false? If it's true, then what it says must hold; but what it says is that it's ...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanT.K. Coleman: Sacramental Christianity | WSB #40||We often think of religion as being centered around a series of beliefs. To be Christian, I must believe in the veracity of the Bible as a ...||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Papineau: Mary’s Room | WSB #39||Mary has lived her entire life in a black and white room. In that room, she learned everything there is to know about the neurophysiology ...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Papineau: Physicalism | WSB #38||Most contemporary philosophers call themselves "naturalists" or "physicalists". But what do these labels really mean? What do they commit us to? Philosopher David Papineau first puts ...||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Klein: What Is Knowledge? (Gettier Problem) | WSB #37||What is knowledge? For some time, the answer to this perennial question was thought by many to be "justified true belief". If I believe X to be ...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Klein: Infinitism and Pyrrhonism | WSB #36||Suppose you know X. How do you know? Maybe you know because of Y. How do you know Y? Maybe the answer is Z. How ...||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBryan Caplan: Non-State Legal Systems | WSB #35||Does the law need to be provided by the state? Economist Bryan Caplan breaks down the law into three components: rule formation, arbitration, and enforcement. For ...||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBryan Caplan: The Case against Education | WSB #34||Why do students go to school? The usual answer is to learn. But if this is true, why do students rejoice at canceled class? Why do ...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTimothy Williamson: Vagueness | WSB #33||The problem of vagueness stems from the sorites paradox. A heap of sand cannot be turned into a non-heap by removing a single grain of sand. A ...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Huemer: Ethical Intuitionism | WSB #32||Are there moral facts? If so, are they objective? Where do they come from? Do we have reason to think - or doubt - that ...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Huemer: Skepticism and Direct Realism | WSB #31||Do we have any reason to doubt appearances? And does perception show us intermediary mental representations or real objects themselves? Michael Huemer's first book, Skepticism and the Veil of ...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDaniel Howard: Philosophical Novels and Relativism | WSB #30||What counts as a philosophical novel? What is it about philosophical novels that makes them philosophical? And what sort of work is involved in writing ...||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Rosenthal: Consciousness | WSB #29||Continuing my discussion with philosopher of mind David Rosenthal, we now focus on consciousness itself. There are two plausible theories, says Rosenthal: that consciousness is ...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Rosenthal: Mental Qualities | WSB #28||Suppose you see a round red ball. This appearance of redness and roundness - what is it? David Rosenthal, a philosopher of mind, lays out two ways ...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCatarina Dutilh Novaes: Logic as Social Practice | WSB #27||The practice of logic is not an eternal given. It has a history. The logical tradition, as we know it, began as debating practices in ...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Patterson: Certainty and Logic | WSB #26||Steve Patterson's book Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge begins with the bold claim: "Truth is discoverable. I'm certain of it." The rest of the book is ...||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteve Patterson: Against Academia | WSB #25||Is academia the best place to do philosophy? Independent philosopher Steve Patterson became disillusioned with academia during his time in college and has since decided to ...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|