It’s been a month of Carnivals here at nicomachus.net. First the inaugural edition of the Digital Humanities Blog Carnival, and today the 120th edition of the Philosophers’ Carnival. This is my second time hosting the Philosophers’ Carnival, and I am happy to be back, especially given the number of quality submissions.
To start things off, John Wilkins presents Phylogeny, induction, and the straight rule of homology posted at Evolving Thoughts.
We have six posts on the history of philosophy and philosphers:
- In a post on the psychology of one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers, Romeo Vitelli presents Caring for Nietzsche (Part 1) posted at Providentia.
- Namit Arora presents On the Void of Nagarjuna posted at 3 Quarks Daily.
- Jonathan Livengood takes up questions of causation in Cambridge Change posted atUnshielded Colliders.
- Jongsuh Lee submits On Phaedo posted at Moral Fideism.
- Juan Gomez presents Turnbull’s Treatise on Ancient Painting and the Experimental/Speculative Distinction posted at Early Modern Experimental Philosophy. Post was submitted by Alberto Vanzo.
- For my contribution to the Carnival, I submit for your enjoyment a post containing a radio interview with Gregory Vlastos, Philosophers Interviewed on Radio Show.
And five posts on ethics, political, and practical philosophy:
- Richard presents Varieties of Consequentialism posted at Philosophy, et cetera.
- Lee presents The Moral Case for the Free Market in the Light of the Credit Crisis (Part I) posted at Markets and Culture.
- Joshua Harwood presents Solutions to the Is-Ought Problem posted at A Yangist’s Musings, a blog with perhaps the greatest subtitle, “analytic takes on Chinese philosophy and vice versa.”
- In a post that might be of interest to ‘Gyptians and anyone else following the revolutions in the Arab world, Matt Hoberg presents Democracy: Intrinsically or instrumentally valuable? posted atThe Consternation of Philosophy.
- A trustworthy, bearded one submits that the Personal is not Political posted at The Philosopher’s Beard.
Chris Hallquist presents a book review, Review of Gary Gutting’s What Philosophers Know, part 2 posted at The Uncredible Hallq.
We rarely see much creative writing in the Philosophers’ Carnival, but Chris Bateman reminds us that the father of philosopher wrote dialogues. In a Platonic vein, Bateman presents Pluto and Eris – a dialogue posted at Only a Game.
And to wrap it up, there are three posts on problems posed by one of my undergraduate professors, Ed Gettier:
- Joshua Knobe presents Gettier and Moral Judgment posted at Certain Doubts.
- Wesley Buckwalter presents Gettier made ESEE posted at Experimental Philosophy (both of the above posts were submitted by Jonathan Phillips)
- Maryann Spikes presents Answering Gettier posted at Ichthus77.
It should be noted that I received several more entries than made it into the Carnival. If the primary purpose of philosophy is analysis, but the primary purpose of one’s prescriptive blog post is to garner search engine traffic (as evidenced by its name, “17 ways to…”, “12 such and such you need to…”), then such a post is not a good candidate for the Philosophers’ Carnival. Please, spam posters and content farm bloggers, don’t waste our time.
Similarly, I received several posts that, for wont of classification share a familial relation with the publications in the self help section of the book store. There may be many and various wonders of the power of positive thinking, but none of the blog posts I received had much in the way of philosophical analysis to offer.
Thanks everyone, and now I turn things over to Enigmania.