And we are back! After the 29 “episodes” of the Nature of Philosophy series, Plato’s suggestions for your weekend readings return:
Here is a detailed review, published in the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, of a new book by James Marcum, entitled Thomas Kuhn’s Revolutions: A Historical and an Evolutionary Philosophy of Science? The reviewer, John A. Schuster (University of Sydney), was a student of Kuhn and has some really interesting insights to offer about the complex relationship between the historian-philosopher and the (highly controversial) developments in sociology of science and science studies that followed Kuhn’s work.
Some people hate Alain de Botton, others love him. I think sometimes he is cheesy, at other times insightful. In this article in the New York Times he tells us why we tend to marry the wrong person, and why it’s okay to let go of romantic expectations and embrace pessimism instead.
A really interesting article by Martin Smith in the Oxford University Press blog (a source to keep an eye on) arguing that sometimes it is rational to believe things that are unlikely. Does this indirectly undermining the Bayesian paradigm?
David Hu is a self-confessed “wasteful scientist,” and makes a very good case for why scientists ought to clearly explain what they do to the public, and especially why the taxpayers should support their research.
Teenager leaves spectacles on floor of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art as a prank, leading some to think they were an exhibit. A huge discussion ensues on whether the teenager’s glasses — given his intention — were or were not art. But perhaps we should discuss whether some modern art is actually bullshit.
Not a very recent entry, but molecular biologists think that the human body can distinguish between hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, at a cellular level…
What is literary criticism good for? This long review of three recent books on the topic is a good introduction to the question.