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What is Existence?

  You can’t get a question more basic than: what is existence? Presumably existence isn’t a thing (an individual), so it must be a property of things. Surely indeed it must be a property of everything! But we can’t experience … Continue reading

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Disability Rights

The last weekend school of the academic year was entitled Disability and the Right to Life: Would the Disabled be better off Dead? This got us off to a rather bad start – lots of people objected to the words … Continue reading

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Automated Robotic Weapons

In the House of Commons there are two red lines separating the two sides of the House. The lines are two sword-lengths apart. They are there to underline the fact that, in the House, disputes must be solved by discussion … Continue reading

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Korsgaard Lecture Two: The Moral Standing of Animals

Kant is usually interpreted as arguing that the duties we take ourselves to have to animals are in fact duties we have to ourselves: if we mistreat animals we brutalise ourselves – we shouldn’t do this so we shouldn’t mistreat … Continue reading

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Animals, Human Beings and Other Persons – Professor Christine Korsgaard

I was privileged this week to go to a series of lectures by the renowned Kantian philosopher, Christine Korsgaard. This was hosted brilliantly by the Oxford Martin School. Professor Korsgaard gave three lectures. Today I will give a synopsis of … Continue reading

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The OUDCE Philosophical Society Members’ Weekend

In 2002 it seemed to me that it was such a shame that we have so many intelligent, interesting members of the OUDCE Philosophical Society, but that they never got a formal opportunity to make their views public. So I … Continue reading

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The Meaning of ‘Red’ (and Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument)

The Meaning of ‘Red’ (and Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument).

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The Meaning of ‘Red’ (and Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument)

I recently posted a question on my Facebook page (Marianne Talbot Philosophy – come and join us!) which triggered a lot of discussion. This was the question: Pillar boxes in the UK are red. So are strawberries and tomatoes. We … Continue reading

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Philosophy Now

This month’s website is the website for Philosophy Now Magazine.  Not everything on it is free, but there is enough free content to qualify it for my website of the month. Philosophy Now is a bi-monthly magazine, edited by Rick … Continue reading

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Excerpt from my new book: Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic

Truth and Falsehood Arguments are not true or false. Arguments are only good or bad. So the sentences that constitute an argument – the sentence that is asserted, and those sentences on the basis of which the first is asserted … Continue reading

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