Think

ISSN: 1477-1756

35 found

View year:

  1.  4
    Is Same-Sex Marriage Unjust?Alexander P. Bozzo - 2022 - Think 21 (62):5-17.
    A response to James S. Spiegel's article in THINK 43 in which he argues that same-sex marriage is unjust.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  2.  1
    The Joseph Saga: Turnabouts, Trade-Offs, and Transience.Steven M. Cahn - 2022 - Think 21 (62):51-53.
    Using the biblical saga of Joseph as an example, I maintain that turnabouts, trade-offs, and transience are endemic to the human condition.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  3.  4
    Letting Rip: Rebutting Capra on the Metaphysics of Farts.Brian Garrett & Jeremiah Joven Joaquin - 2022 - Think 21 (62):19-22.
    Farts have not received the metaphysical attention they deserve. Bill Capra has opened the batting in his recent study of this ubiquitous rectal phenomenon. Spurred on by his sterling effort, JJ and I have added our own two bob's worth, disagreeing with much of what Bill says, and defending the buttocks-first conception of farts.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  4.  3
    The Puzzle of Transformation.Marcela Herdova - 2022 - Think 21 (62):39-49.
    Sometimes we make choices that transform us significantly; they change who we are and what we value. This article looks at such choices and resulting changes from the perspective of control and moral responsibility. While we may have an inclination to think that we possess a good amount of control over these important transformations, a more careful examination reveals that we may have less than ideal control over some fundamental choices and changes in our character. As a result, this brings (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  5.  3
    On the Common Claim That One Must Fulfil One's Potential and Do One's Best to Have a Meaningful Life.Iddo Landau - 2022 - Think 21 (62):55-62.
    The article examines whether fulfilling one's potential and doing one's best are sufficient or necessary conditions for having a meaningful life. It concludes that they are just contributing factors and can sometimes even diminish life's meaning.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  6.  24
    Freedom of Expression and the Argument From Self-Defense.Jimmy Alfonso Licon - 2022 - Think 21 (62):23-31.
    Some philosophers hold that stifling free expression stifles intellectual life. Others reply that freedom of expression can harm members of marginalized groups by alienating them from social life or worse. Yet we should still favour freedom of expression, especially where marginalized groups are concerned. It's better to know who has repugnant beliefs as it allows marginalized groups to identify threats: free expression qua self-defence.
    Direct download (5 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  7.  3
    A Properly Scientific Naturalism Can Be Compatible with Classical Theism.Steven Nemes - 2022 - Think 21 (62):91-102.
    One might think at first glance that naturalism excludes any form of theism by definition. This article argues to the contrary that proper scientificity requires that a naturalist remain open to the possibility of the truth of the classical theistic conception of God in particular. The only alternative is for naturalism to devolve into an anti-theistic bias and ideology, forsaking the claim to being properly scientific.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  8.  3
    Against Spanking.James Simpson - 2022 - Think 21 (62):33-37.
    In a recent article in this journal, Timothy Hsiao argues that spanking a misbehaving child is morally permissible on the grounds that it's what the child deserves. However, in this short article, I argue that Hsiao's argument in this connection is either obviously unsound or invalid.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  9.  1
    Making Sense of the Right Side of History.Nicholas Smith - 2022 - Think 21 (62):103-115.
    This article explores arguments from ‘the right side of history’. These arguments are often interpreted as making an appeal to a trajectory which independently guides history. These arguments are often criticized on the grounds that history simply doesn't work that way. I offer an interpretation of right side of history arguments that does not rely on this sort of historical trajectory, and argue that even this version of the argument fails.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  10.  4
    Mask-Less Shopping is Like Drunk Driving.Jonathan Spelman - 2022 - Think 21 (62):117-132.
    In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, many states in the United States issued stay-at-home orders that prohibited people from leaving their homes except to access essential services. Upon reopening, a number of those states passed mask mandates requiring people to wear face coverings while in public, but as I write this, in October of 2020, there remain a substantial number of states that have not outlawed what I'll call ‘mask-less shopping’. This is a mistake. After describing the standard, public health (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  11.  1
    The Trolley Meta-Problem.Daniel John Sportiello - 2022 - Think 21 (62):87-90.
    For many years, philosophers have argued about the Trolley Problem – but they've also argued about whether the problem ought to interest us. According to some, the artificiality of the situations means that they involve no complicating factors – and so we ought to take our intuitions about them especially seriously. According to others, though, the artificiality of the situations means that our intuitions about them are meaningless. I hereby name the puzzle of why our intuitions about this differ the (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  12.  3
    Playing by the Rules: Using Games to Study Social Norms.Martina Valković - 2022 - Think 21 (62):63-72.
    In this article, classic game theory and evolutionary game theory are used to explain how social norms might come into existence. The norm of distributive fairness is taken as a case in point, and illustrated by a simple example of dividing a cake.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  13.  2
    Meaning to the Rescue?Lorraine K. C. Yeung - 2022 - Think 21 (62):73-85.
    Facing a recent surge in anti-natalist arguments saying that human procreation is immoral, some defend human procreation by saying that procreative parenting adds meaning to parents’ life. This article examines one such defence, and argues that it does not suffice to rescue human procreation from the challenges to procreation.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  14.  6
    A Happy Immoralist: The Case of Richard Rich.Steven M. Cahn - 2022 - Think 21 (61):29-31.
    Many philosophers, past and present, have been loath to admit the possibility of a happy immoralist. Here is a historical case featured in the play and film A Man for All Seasons.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  15. The Metaphysics of Farts.Bill Capra - 2022 - Think 21 (61):39-43.
    I consider the metaphysics of farts. I contrast the essential-bum-origin view with a phenomenological view, and I argue in favour of the latter.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark   1 citation  
  16.  85
    The Prisoner's Dilemma Paradox: Rationality, Morality, and Reciprocity.Rory W. Collins - 2022 - Think 21 (61):45-55.
    This article examines the prisoner's dilemma paradox and argues that confessing is the rational choice, despite this probably entailing a less-than-ideal outcome.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  17.  10
    Celebrities Discuss Philosophy Episode 4: A Transcript.Nikk Effingham - 2022 - Think 21 (61):57-72.
    If a lump of clay is shaped into a statue, is there one thing or are there two? That is: are the lump and the statue two distinct things? This dialogue introduces some reasons to think they are two different things and then discusses the issues involved.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  18.  10
    The Ethics of Consumerism.Natasha Fenwick - 2022 - Think 21 (61):73-82.
    The definition of consumerism is multifaceted, extending from the consumption of goods and services to its more negative connotations: the obsessive consumption of goods, exploitation of the people who create them and greed. In a society heavily influenced by consumerism, we find ourselves manipulated by social media and targeted advertising to buy goods or to cultivate a certain lifestyle, raising important ethical questions about responsibility and our autonomy to make decisions. How has the nature of how we create and consume (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  19. You Survive Teletransportation.Javier Hidalgo - 2022 - Think 21 (61):83-92.
    Suppose that it was possible to teletransport. The teletransporter would destroy your old brain and body and construct an identical brain and body at a new location. Would you survive teletransportation? Many people think that teletransportation would kill you. On their view, the person that emerges from the teletransporter would be a replica of you, but it wouldn't be you. In contrast, I argue that there's no relevant difference between teletransportation and ordinary survival. So, if you survive ordinary life, then (...)
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  20.  32
    The Roots of Responsibility.John Hyman - 2022 - Think 21 (61):23-27.
    Under what circumstances can we hold someone responsible for what they do?
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  21. Rejection, Denial and the Democratic Primaries.Luca Incurvati - 2022 - Think 21 (61):105-109.
    Starting from the case of insurance claims, I investigate the dynamics of acceptance, rejection and denial. I show that disagreement can be more varied than one might think. I illustrate this by looking at the Warren/Sanders controversy in the 2020 democratic primaries and at religious agnosticism.
    Direct download (4 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  22.  11
    Love Bytes: The Future of Bio–R2 Relationships.Jeremiah Joven B. Joaquin & Hazel T. Biana - 2022 - Think 21 (61):93-99.
    What would a romantic relationship between a biological human and an artificial intelligence system look like? The question is explored through a fictional correspondence between Alan Turing and Ada Lovelace.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  23.  35
    Does God Exist?David Kyle Johnson - 2022 - Think 21 (61):5-22.
    In ‘Do Souls Exist?’ and ‘Does Free Will Exist?’ I laid out the reasons most philosophers doubt the existence of souls and free will. Here, in ‘Does God Exist?’, to complete the trilogy, I will lay out the reasons most philosophers doubt the existence of God: the best arguments for God fail, the most well-known argument against God succeeds, and philosophers are not keen to take things on faith.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  24.  4
    Why Do so Few People Eat Giraffes?Bel Toledo & Ardon Lyon - 2022 - Think 21 (61):33-38.
    We argue that the size of the human population needs to be controlled whether or not people should be vegetarians. We than describe some of the varieties of human flesh eating round the world.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  25.  7
    Comment for Think on Naturalism Versus Theism.Brenda Watson - 2022 - Think 21 (61):101-104.
    The search for common ground is hugely important and it depends on understanding in as fair a way as possible how words are being used by opponents in debate – in this case naturalism and theism.
    No categories
    Direct download (3 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  26.  5
    How to Avoid Getting Killed by a Statue: Some Lessons on Teaching and Lying From Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra.Stuart Dalton - 2022 - Think 21 (60):79-90.
    In Thus Spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche explores the nature of teaching and learning and concludes that a teacher can do more harm than good in a student's life if she allows her students to become her ‘disciples’. A disciple assigns too much authority to a teacher and thus loses the ability to think independently; this is what Zarathustra means when he warns his students, ‘Beware that you are not killed by a statue!’ In this article I argue that Zarathustra's solution to (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  27.  23
    Happiness and the Good Life.David Louzecky - 2022 - Think 21 (60):21-31.
    The question I raise is whether happiness constitutes a good life. I argue that it does not and contend that the good life is based on three essentials: worthwhile activities, worthwhile character, and worthwhile relationships. I provide examples of possibly happy lives that are not good and good lives that are not happy.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  28.  15
    Philosophy and the Meaning of Life.William Lyons - 2022 - Think 21 (60):33-49.
    The author sets out to respond to the student complaint that ‘Philosophy did not answer “the big questions”’, in particular the question ‘What is the meaning of life?’ The response first outlines and evaluates the most common religious answer, that human life is given a meaning by God who created us and informs us that this life is just the pilgrim way to the next eternal life in heaven. He then discusses the response that, from the point of view of (...)
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  29.  28
    Why Studying the History of Philosophy Matters.Anna Marmodoro - 2022 - Think 21 (60):5-20.
    The debate over whether and how philosophers of today may usefully engage with philosophers of the past is nearly as old as the history of philosophy itself. Does the study of the history of philosophy train or corrupt the budding philosopher's mind? Why study the history of philosophy? And, how to study the history of philosophy? I discuss some mainstream approaches to the study of the history of philosophy, before explicating the one I adopt and commend.
    No categories
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  30.  12
    The Problem of Evil and the Procreation Analogy.John McClellan - 2022 - Think 21 (60):109-121.
    A prominent Christian apologist suggests it is inconsistent for an atheist to have a favourable attitude towards procreating while maintaining that a loving God would not place vulnerable beings in such a harmful world. I put this analogy to the test with a series of thought experiments, revealing crucial disanalogies between God and procreators that absolve the atheist from the charge of inconsistency and draw the reader's attention to the central issues on the problem of evil as debated by contemporary (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  31.  11
    Application of Virtue Ethics to Human Life and Death.Anna Neale - 2022 - Think 21 (60):105-108.
    This article provides a reflection on how Aristotle's virtue ethics can be applied to matters of human life and death.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  32.  9
    The Salutogenic Effects of Awe Told Existentially.Rachel Nelson - 2022 - Think 21 (60):91-104.
    Feelings of awe can generate well-being. The typical explanation of this is that an otherwise self-absorbed individual now experiences something so vast that it forges a humble new perspective of self. Self-absorption is replaced by altruistic characteristics that result in a sense of well-being. However, the observations of Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Carl Rogers provide an existential framework for understanding the human being in relation to the world and well-being within that framework. And such a framework offers a different (...)
    No categories
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  33.  17
    Better to Have Children: A Response to Harrison and Tanner.Andrew Rotondo - 2022 - Think 21 (60):65-78.
    In Harrison and Tanner's ‘Better Not to Have Children’, it's argued that having children is immoral as well as detrimental to one's well-being. In this article, I argue against those claims and defend the position that, for most people, having children is morally permissible and greatly enhances their well-being.
    No categories
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  34.  10
    On Retributive Justice.C. P. Ruloff & Patrick Findler - 2022 - Think 21 (60):57-64.
    Hsiao has recently developed what he considers a ‘simple and straightforward’ argument for the moral permissibility of corporal punishment. In this article we argue that Hsiao's argument is seriously flawed for at least two reasons. Specifically, we argue that a key premise of Hsiao's argument is question-begging, and Hsiao's argument depends upon a pair of false underlying assumptions, namely, the assumption that children are moral agents, and the assumption that all forms of wrongdoing demand retribution.
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
  35.  9
    A Short Argument for Belief in Progress.Saul Smilansky - 2022 - Think 21 (60):51-56.
    The notion of social progress is not much in favour in these sophisticated times of scepticism, cynicism, relativism and political correctness; at least in the West. Most people might admit that some indubitable advances have occurred, primarily in terms of this or that useful technological innovation. But any wider claim about ‘social progress’ is often met by overwhelming doubt and suspicion, if not outright derision. I provide a short argument for belief in progress.
    No categories
    Direct download (2 more)  
     
    Export citation  
     
    Bookmark  
 Previous issues
  
Next issues