Suggested readings, #12

Here are some interesting articles I’ve come across recently, for your consideration:

Here’s an interactive map of Odysseus’ 10-year journey back home. (Open Culture)

What’s the point of education? It’s no longer just about getting a job. Then again, it never was. And contra this article, the Greeks did get it right. (The Conversation)

Can an “ought” be derived from an “is”? Pace Hume, yup. (Philosophy Now)

Can Plato be blamed for autocracy, as Karl Popper thought? Nah. (Spectator)

Yet another example of why anti-physicalist critiques in philosophy of mind are empty and incoherent. Though you wouldn’t know it from this article. (Philosophy Now)

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Massimo is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. He blogs at and He is the author of How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life.

4 thoughts on “Suggested readings, #12”

    1. Socratic, we’re gonna have to disagree on this one. I think Foot et al. have conclusively shown that modern ethics is corrupt, and that virtue ethics is the only viable candidate.

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  1. Foot’s note has much more to do with Aristotle’s functional argument (and the Stoics’ ‘follow nature’ dictum) than discourse ethics, as far as I can see, Gadfly.

    Or are you referring to her use of the hypothetical imperative to bridge is/ought? In that case, it looks more like a straight-forward use of conditionals from predicate logic than any discursive theory.

    Can you say more as to why you’re reading her that way?

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