About Rationally Speaking
Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
* Commenting threads online: the good, the bad, the ugly, and how to manage them.
* Arguing about arguments: the sophistic vs the philosophical approach to how and why to argue.
* Kansas University suspends faculty without due process because he has offended the NRA. My exercise in freedom of speech: fuck the NRA.
* Philosopher joins the ACLU in lawsuit against the NSA surveillance program.
* The importance of the afterlife (not what you might think).
* Jonathan Franzen's rant against modernity is pompous, annoying, and pretty close to the target.
* Michael Shermer hands in his Libertarian card.
* This review of Dawkins' "Appetite for Wonder" didn't stimulate my appetite for reading it. But that's just me.
* Gary Gutting provides yet another good response to Steven Pinker's annoying and patronizing essay.
* Why philosophy is far from being a ridiculous pursuit.
* The banality of systemic evil and why we should be very worried about the surveillance state.
* University of Oregon to faculty: you belong to me!