Monthly Archives: July 2016

Rebecca Goldstein vs Steven Pinker

A Socratic Dialogue

In this Socratic Dialogue, Rebecca Goldstein persuades Steven Pinker that reason is the driver of moral progress.

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Self Driving Cars

A philosophical discussion starter

[For teachers, click here to download article and lesson plan]

Driving can be an exhilarating experience. The thrill of negotiating the interesting bends on a hilly country drive is a joy to many. At other times driving can be downright boring. The mind-numbingly dull drive through peak hour traffic is something most of us try to avoid. For many people, owning an autonomous vehicle – a car that can drive itself – would be something of a dream come true. No more boring traffic congestion. The car can worry about traffic while we pursue more worthy endeavors such as reading a book, watching a movie, or catching up with our social networks. It sounds promising, and many people are lining up to be among the first to own an autonomous car. However, as is often the case, benefits come at a cost. In the case of autonomous cars, the cost is a loss of driver control. For a car to be fully autonomous, the driver must relinquish some of their own autonomy – specifically, the autonomy to choose a course of action in a life-threatening situation.
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The is / Ought Problem

A quick overview of Hume’s articulation of the is / ought problem.

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