The Rational Human Condition 3, Deep Freedom and Real Persons: A Study in Metaphysics, Section 2.4–On the Representation of Life.

THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION, PART 1 PREFACE AND GENERAL INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1.0  What It Is Section 1.1  Bounded in a Nutshell Section 1.2  Rational Anthropology vs. Analytic Metaphysics, the Standard Picture, and Scientific Naturalism Section 1.3  Philosophy and Its History: No Deep Difference Section 1.4  Works of Philosophy vs. Philosophical Theories: Presentational … [continue reading]

Thinking Life: A Philosophical Fiction, Part 13—The Art of Philosophy, Section 2.

APP Editors’ Prefatory Note: In “Philosophy Unbound,” we resolved to publish original works of real philosophy freed from the constraints of professional academic philosophy, come hell or high water. Our first project flowing from that philosophy unbound resolution is the five-part, four-book series, The Rational Human Condition, which, starting on 3 July 2017, is being … [continue reading]

Performance Philosophy, Public Philosophy, and Borderless Philosophy.

Two New Movements in Contemporary Philosophy Two extremely interesting movements in contemporary philosophy have emerged simultaneously, but also almost entirely independently of one another, within the past five years: performance philosophy and public philosophy. I think that both performance philosophy and public philosophy are not only extremely interesting, but also extremely important. That is because … [continue reading]

The Rational Human Condition 3, Deep Freedom and Real Persons: A Study in Metaphysics, Section 2.3–Kant’s Anti-Mechanism, Kantian Anti-Mechanism, Vitalism, and Emergentism.

THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION, PART 1 PREFACE AND GENERAL INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1.0  What It Is Section 1.1  Bounded in a Nutshell Section 1.2  Rational Anthropology vs. Analytic Metaphysics, the Standard Picture, and Scientific Naturalism Section 1.3  Philosophy and Its History: No Deep Difference Section 1.4  Works of Philosophy vs. Philosophical Theories: Presentational … [continue reading]

Thinking Life: A Philosophical Fiction, Part 12—The Art of Philosophy, Section 1.

APP Editors’ Prefatory Note: In “Philosophy Unbound,” we resolved to publish original works of real philosophy freed from the constraints of professional academic philosophy, come hell or high water. Our first project flowing from that philosophy unbound resolution is the five-part, four-book series, The Rational Human Condition, which, starting on 3 July 2017, is being … [continue reading]

Susan Haack’s “The Real Question: Can Philosophy be Saved?”

APP Editors’ Note: “The Real Question: Can Philosophy be Saved?” originally appeared in Free Inquiry 37, 6 (2017). “Our editor” refers to FI’s editor, Tom Flynn. Once again—now, heaven help me, even in the pages of Free Inquiry!—I find myself “otherwise minded,”[1] the cannibal among the missionaries. Why so? I certainly share our editor’s sense … [continue reading]

The Rational Human Condition 3, Deep Freedom and Real Persons: A Study in Metaphysics, Section 2.2–Natural Mechanism, Computability, and Anti-Mechanism.

THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION, PART 1 PREFACE AND GENERAL INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1.0  What It Is Section 1.1  Bounded in a Nutshell Section 1.2  Rational Anthropology vs. Analytic Metaphysics, the Standard Picture, and Scientific Naturalism Section 1.3  Philosophy and Its History: No Deep Difference Section 1.4  Works of Philosophy vs. Philosophical Theories: Presentational … [continue reading]

Thinking Life: A Philosophical Fiction, Part 11—The Wanderer and His Shadow, Section 2.

APP Editors’ Prefatory Note: In “Philosophy Unbound,” we resolved to publish original works of real philosophy freed from the constraints of professional academic philosophy, come hell or high water. Our first project flowing from that philosophy unbound resolution is the five-part, four-book series, The Rational Human Condition, which, starting on 3 July 2017, is being … [continue reading]

On Philosophical Failures.

Eighteen months ago, in “‘Failed Academics’: Schopenhauer, Peirce, and the (D)evolution of University Philosophy,” APP wrote about the meta-philosophically fascinating phenomenon of great philosophers who are also notable social “failures,” and in particular “failed academics.” We focused on Schopenhauer and Peirce: but we might just as easily have written about Diogenes, Socrates, Spinoza, Kierkegaard, Thoreau, … [continue reading]

The Rational Human Condition 3, Deep Freedom and Real Persons: A Study in Metaphysics, Section 2.1–Immanent Structuralism.

THE RATIONAL HUMAN CONDITION, PART 1 PREFACE AND GENERAL INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS Section 1.0  What It Is Section 1.1  Bounded in a Nutshell Section 1.2  Rational Anthropology vs. Analytic Metaphysics, the Standard Picture, and Scientific Naturalism Section 1.3  Philosophy and Its History: No Deep Difference Section 1.4  Works of Philosophy vs. Philosophical Theories: Presentational … [continue reading]