Publications

A pluralistic account of epistemic rationality

Author/editor: Matt Kopec

Year published: 2017

Abstract: In this essay, I motivate and defend a pluralistic view of epistemic rationality. The core of the view is the notion that epistemic rationality is essentially a species of (teleological) practical rationality that is put in the service of various epistemic goals. First, I sketch some...

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Against the 'system' module

Author/editor: John Zerilli

Year published: 2017

Modularity is a fundamental doctrine in the cognitive sciences. It holds a preeminent position in cognitive psychology and generative linguistics, as well as a long history in neurophysiology, with roots going all the way back to the early nineteenth century. But a mature field of neuroscience is a...

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Agents, knowledge and backwards causation

Author/editor: Brian Garrett

Year published: 2017

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Artifacts, Symbols, Thoughts

Author/editor: Kim Sterelny

Year published: 2017

Until relatively recently, it was often supposed that changes in the material record of hominin life indexed advances in hominin cognitive sophistication in a relatively direct way. In particular, the “Upper Paleolithic Transition”—an apparently abrupt increase in the complexity and disparity of...

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Axiological absolutism and risk

Author/editor: Seth Lazar, Chad Lee-Stronach

Year published: 2017

Consider the following claim: given the choice between saving a life and preventing any number of people from temporarily experiencing a mild headache, you should always save the life. Many moral theorists accept this claim. In doing so, they commit themselves to some form of ‘moral absolutism’:...

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Biodiversity realism: Preserving the tree of life

Author/editor: Christopher Lean

Year published: 2017

Biodiversity is a key concept in the biological sciences. While it has its origin in conservation biology, it has become useful across multiple biological disciplines as a means to describe biological variation. It remains, however, unclear what particular biological units the concept refers to...

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Buddhism and animal ethics

Author/editor: Bronwyn Finnigan

Year published: 2017

This article provides a philosophical overview of some of the central Buddhist positions and arguments regarding animal welfare. It introduces the Buddha's teaching of ahiṃsā or nonviolence and rationally reconstructs five arguments from the context of early Indian Buddhism that aim to justify its...

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