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  1. Ben Gibran (2014). Causal Realism in the Philosophy of Mind. Essays in Philosophy 15 (2):299-313.
    Causal realism is the view that causation is a structural feature of reality; a power inherent in the world to produce effects, independently of the existence of minds or observers. This article suggests that certain problems in the philosophy of mind are artefacts of causal realism; because they presuppose the existence or possibility of a mind-independent causal nexus between the ‘physical’ and the ‘mental’. These dilemmas include the 'hard problem' of consciousness, and the problems of free will and mental causality. (...)
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  2. James McBain (2014). Review of "Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits. [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (2).
    Book review of Nicholas Agar's Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits.
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  3. Jeremy Barris (2014). The Nature and Possibility of Public Philosophy. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):5-18.
    The article argues that there is a central problem with the concept of public philosophy, in that philosophy is partly defined by questioning reflection on its own sense, while public or popular culture characteristically relies unreflectively on its ultimate givens, and these are mutually exclusive modes of thought. The article proposes, however, that because of philosophy’s reflection on and potential questioning of its own sense it has a paradoxical structure of foundational and comprehensive conflict with itself and its own procedure, (...)
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  4. Matt Chick & Matthew LaVine (2014). The Relevance of Analytic Philosophy to Personal, Public, and Democratic Life. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):138-155.
    Increasingly, philosophy is being viewed by the public as a non-essential part of non-academic, political life. Moreover, the converse, that philosophy is viewing itself as non-essential to life, is also becoming true. Both trends are deeply troubling. This essay has two aims, both of which stem from these trends. The first is to show that they can partly be explained by a misunderstanding by philosophers of philosophy’s original goals. In fact, we argue that the goal of philosophy from the very (...)
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  5. Peter H. Denton (2014). Review of "The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):179-183.
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  6. Theodore Gracyk (2014). Review of "The Many Faces of Beauty". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):174-178.
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  7. John Huss (2014). Popular Culture and Philosophy: Rules of Engagement. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):19-32.
    The exploration of popular culture topics by academic philosophers for non-academic audiences has given rise to a distinctive genre of philosophical writing. Edited volumes with titles such as Black Sabbath and Philosophy or Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy contain chapters by multiple philosophical authors that attempt to bring philosophy to popular audiences. Two dominant models have emerged in the genre. On the pedagogical model, authors use popular culture examples to teach the reader philosophy. The end is to promote philosophical (...)
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  8. William Irwin (2014). Writing for the Reader: A Defense of Philosophy and Popular Culture Books. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):77-85.
    There are some risks in producing public philosophy. We don’t want to misrepresent the work of philosophy or mislead readers into thinking they have learned all they need to know from a single, short book or article. The potential benefits, though, outweigh the risks. Public philosophy can disseminate important ideas and enhance appreciation for the difficult and complex work of philosophers. Popular writing is often less precise, lacking in fine detail and elaboration, but it can still be accurate . People (...)
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  9. Thomas Jovanovski (2014). Review of "The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):223-242.
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  10. Maximiliano E. Korstanje (2014). Review of "Violencias de Estado, la Guerra Antiterrorista y la Guerra Contra El Crimen Como Medios de Control Global (Violences of State, the War on Terror and the Fight Against Local Crime as Disciplinary Means of Global Control)". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):210-213.
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  11. Maximiliano E. Korstanje (2014). Review of "Violencia de Texto, Violencia de Contexto: Historiograf�a y Literatura Testimonial, Chile 1973 (Violence of Text, Violence of Context: Historiography and Testimonial Literatura, Chile 1973)". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):214-218.
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  12. Martine Lejeune (2014). A Project on Public Philosophy: Mapping the External Mind. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1).
    A comprehensive excursion, into anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, social and political science lead me to the conclusion that human societies are ruled by systems of shared concepts, and that these systems of thought function as a kind of public or external mind, which produces and maintain the social forms of life. Taking into account the fact that philosophy originally - in ancient Greece - was a ‘public affair’, I came up with the idea that philosophy should try to map the public (...)
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  13. Greg Littmann (2014). Writing Philosophy for the Public is a Moral Obligation. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):103-116.
    Writing philosophy to be read by people who are not professional philosophers ought to be central to the work of professional philosophers. Writing for the public should be central to their work because their professional end is to produce ideas for use by people who are not professional philosophers. Philosophy is unlike most disciplines in that the ideas produced by professional philosophers generally have to be understood by a person before they can be of any use to them. As a (...)
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  14. Mark S. McLeod-Harrison (2014). Socrates and St. Paul: Can Christian Apologetics Be Public Philosophy? Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):117-137.
    Can popular Christian apologetics be public philosophy? This paper argues that it can be partly because the criteria for what counts as public philosophy are so vague but also partly because popular Christian apologetics parallels much that counts as public philosophy both in terms of its historical roots in Socrates but also how public philosophy is practiced now. In particular, there are parallels on the role of amateurs vs. professionals, the sorts of topics, the quality of the discussions, and the (...)
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  15. Christopher Meyers (2014). Public Philosophy and Tenure/Promotion: Rethinking "Teaching, Scholarship and Service". Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):58-76.
    One of the responses to the attacks upon the contemporary university, particularly upon the humanities, has been to encourage faculty to engage in so-called ‘public intellectualism.’ In this paper I urge philosophers to embrace this turn, but only if the academy can effectively address how to credit such work in the tenure and promotion process. Currently, public philosophy is typically placed under ‘service’, even though the work is often more intellectually and philosophically rigorous than committee work, even sometimes more than (...)
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  16. M. Ram Murty (2014). Review of "Indian Philosophy in English: From Renaissance to Independence". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):184-191.
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  17. William Pamerleau (2014). Investigating the Nature and Value of Public Philosophy From the Pragmatists' Perspective. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):156-173.
    As a professional philosopher that has participated in public philosophy forums for several years, I attempt to determine the character and value of public philosophy. To do this I adopt the perspective of Deweyan pragmatism, which I argue provides an effective theoretical framework for this purpose. Thinking particularly about relatively small, person-to-person philosophical forums, I argue that they share the main assumptions of the pragmatic method: a prevailing contingency with regard to starting points and conclusions, a willingness to entertain evidence (...)
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  18. Massimo Pigliucci & Leonard Finkelman (2014). The Value of Public Philosophy to Philosophers. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):86-102.
    Philosophy has been a public endeavor since its origins in ancient Greece, India, and China. However, recent years have seen the development of a new type of public philosophy conducted by both academics and non- professionals. The new public philosophy manifests itself in a range of modalities, from the publication of magazines and books for the general public to a variety of initiatives that exploit the power and flexibility of social networks and new media. In this paper we examine the (...)
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  19. Steven Ross (2014). Review of "Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist, Neo Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):197-209.
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  20. Zachary Thomas Settle (2014). Review of "Nietzsche, Psychology, & First Philosophy". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):219-222.
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  21. Kenneth Blake Vernon (2014). Review of "Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Philosophical Essays on Darwin�s Theory". [REVIEW] Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):192-196.
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  22. Jack Russell Weinstein (2014). Public Philosophy: Introduction. Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):1-4.
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  23. Jack Russell Weinstein (2014). What Does Public Philosophy Do? (Hint: It Does Not Make Better Citizens). Essays in Philosophy 15 (1):33-57.
    In this article, I examine the purpose of public philosophy, challenging the claim that its goal is to create better citizens. I define public philosophy narrowly as the act of professional philosophers engaging with non-professionals, in a non-academic setting, with the specific aim of exploring issues philosophically. The paper is divided into three sections. The first contrasts professional and public philosophy with special attention to the assessment mechanism in each. The second examines the relationship between public philosophy and citizenship, calling (...)
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