Tuesday, 30th July 2019

An old problem, still with us

When I have taught medieval philosophy in the past, I’ve had to describe the debate between the realists and the nominalists. It’s central to understanding the European Middle Ages. Basically, the dispute is over universals,… Continue reading…

Saturday, 14th July 2018

Trust and Faith

My university is getting a new president, after 26 years of the previous one being in that position. The new president was our provost (there was a national search, but it’s pretty clear that he… Continue reading…

Saturday, 14th January 2017


From Jan. 14, 2017

What’s wrong with hypocrisy? We usually think that it’s a violation of integrity, or that it’s a form of lying. These researchers argue that it’s about virtue signalling. We’re offended… Continue reading…

Monday, 21st November 2016

Socrates the gadfly

From Nov. 21, 2016

This Socrates fellow might have been on to something. Some of the charges at his trial included that “Socrates is a doer of evil, who corrupts the youth; and who does… Continue reading…