Philosophy – A Practical Major Now
“One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrollments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or because of the state’s economic turmoil, the number of majors has increased by 74 percent in the last decade.”
Liberal Arts & Philosophy
“In this commentary, David Silbersweig, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Stanley Cobb Professor of psychiatry and Academic Dean (Partners HealthCare) at Harvard Medical School, makes the case for the value of a liberal arts education — and a philosophy education in particular — in today’s multidisciplinary world.”
Celebrating Paul Ricouer
“For conference convenor Leovino Garcia, Ricoeur sought answers not only in the traditions of philosophy—such as existentialism, Marxism, structuralism, phenomenology—but also in the sciences, history, linguistics, psychoanalysis, literary studies and biblical exegesis.”
The Future of Philosophy?
“Since the exhibition open in February 2015, what has deeply resonated for me about it is not so much the exhibition’s world-changing premise, as a subtext that the show’s curator Paola Antonelli articulated in Wired magazine: “I keep thinking that designers in the future will become almost like philosophers.””
Philosophy and Women
“Of all the humanities departments in British universities, only philosophy departments have a mere 25% women members. Why should this be? How can the balance be redressed?”
#philosophy #women #education
Teaching Philosophy Early
“I teach philosophy in schools because it allows young people to challenge authority and express themselves in a way that creates rather than destroys their life opportunities.”
Philosophy of Christmas
“From the human side, Christmas, literally the “Mass of Christ”, was not first an idea. It was first an event, even though an event with origins in the Godhead itself. The Christmas Mass is the memorial each year of this event. Or, perhaps better, the Mass is the memorial of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, the sacrifice, in other words, of the Child who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born in Bethlehem.”
Philosophy Grads Back in Favour
“Philosophy graduates are suddenly all the rage with employers. What can they possibly have to offer?”
Epiphenomenalism is the view that all mental events are caused by physical events in the brain, but have no effects upon any physical events.
Is it even plausible?
#philosophy #science #materialism
The Role of Philosophy in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)
“I am convinced that the whole problem of developing AGIs is a matter of philosophy, not computer science or neurophysiology, and that the philosophical progress that will be essential to their future integration is also a prerequisite for developing them in the first place.”