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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
2-year-old Chinese girl who was run over by a car twice and then ignored by 18 passers-by, Chinese lawmakers are debating a law to punish passers-by who do not help people in obvious trouble.
* I recently argued on this blog that morality both can and should be legislated. Turns out the editorial staff at The Memphis Flyer agree. It also turns out that Andrew Sullivan was paying attention.
* Does state-mandated sexual education undermine parental rights? That’s what religious believers argue.
* Support for use of the death penalty on persons convicted of murder has hit a 39-year low in the U.S. after dropping from 64 to 61 percent, according to a new Gallup survey.
* How about this for a new blog: Occupy Philosophy, devoted to philosophical discourse on the Occupy movement.
* The number of four-year philosophy graduates has grown 46 percent in the last decade, surpassing the growth rates of programs such as psychology and history.
* We’re in the worst economy since the Great Depression, and what are Republicans doing? Cutting programs Americans desperately need to get through it, says Robert Reich.
* If you haven’t heard the story of Christopher Hitchens and Mason Crumpacker, click here right now.