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Cailin O’Connor, “Games in the Philosophy of Biology” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The branch of mathematics called game theory – the Prisoners Dilemma is a particularly well-known example of a game – is used by philosophers, social scientists, and others to explore many types of social relations between humans and between nonhuman creatures. In Games in the Philosophy of Biology (Cambridge University... Read More
Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, “Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk” (Oxford UP, 2020)
College courses in Ethics tend to focus on theories of the moral rightness or wrongness of actions.  This emphasis sometimes obscures the fact that morality is a social project: part of what makes a decent and stable society possible is that we uphold standards of conduct.  We call out bad... Read More
Cressida J. Heyes, “Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge” (Duke UP, 2020)
How should we think about the relationship between subjectivity and experience? In Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge (Duke University Press, 2020), Cressida J. Heyes approaches this question through interrogating the apparent limits of experience found in unconsciousness—including sleep; forms of “checking out”—including general anesthesia and a... Read More
Matthew Duncombe, “Ancient Relativity: Plato, Aristotle, Stoics and Skeptics” (Oxford UP, 2020)
As a matter of basic metaphysics, we classify individuals in terms of their relations to other things – for example, a parent is a parent of someone, a larger object is larger than a smaller object. The nature of relativity – the question of how things relate to other things... Read More
Ilya Somin, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom” (Oxford UP, 2020)
When we think of democracy, we typically think of voting; and when we think of voting, we ordinarily have elections and campaigns in minds. In this intuitive sense, voting is a matter of casting a ballot. After Election Day, votes are counted, and, typically, the majority rules. But things really... Read More
B. Earp and J. Savulescu, “Love Drugs: The Chemical Future of Relationships” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Consider a couple with an infant (or two) whose lives have become so harried and difficult the marriage is falling apart. Would it be ethical for them to take oxytocin to help them renew their emotional bonds, or would this be an unethical evasion of the hard work that keeping... Read More
Emily Thomas, “The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Travel has been a topic lurking in the background (at least) of a lot of philosophy. Socrates was keen to remind his jury as well as his interlocutor Phaedrus that he had spent nearly his entirely life within the city of Athens.  For another example, Descartes saw fit to take... Read More
Shay Welch, “The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
In The Phenomenology of a Performative Knowledge System: Dancing with Native American Epistemology (Palgrave Macmillian, 2019), Shay Welch investigates the phenomenological ways that dance choreographing and dance performance exemplify both Truth and meaning-making within Native American epistemology, from an analytic philosophical perspective. Given that within Native American communities dance is... Read More
Peter Carruthers, “Human and Animal Minds: The Consciousness Questions Laid to Rest” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Do nonhuman animals have phenomenally conscious mental states? For example, do they have the types of conscious experiences we have when, in our case, we experience the smell of cinnamon or the redness of a ripe tomato? In Human and Animal Minds: The Consciousness Questions Laid to Rest (Oxford University... Read More