by Roger Hunt I run an extracurricular philosophy group for high school students. It operates on a rotating enrollment, integrating veterans with newcomers, which provides an opportunity for me to examine how people with different experiences and encounters with philosophy understand the subject/topic/practice/exercise. I am especially proud of one activity: having the veteran students lead … Continue reading High school philosophy
by Massimo Pigliucci The annual Stoic Week is approaching , so it seems like a good time to return to my ongoing exploration of Stoicism as a philosophy of life. I have been practicing Stoicism since 4 October 2014 , and so far so good. I have been able to be more mindful about what … Continue reading The Stoic egg
by Massimo Pigliucci Stoicism has been in the back of my mind since I was very young, initially for the obviously parochial reason that it was the prevalent philosophy among the ancient Romans, i.e., part of my broadly construed cultural heritage. (Then again it is for the same reason that Buddhism is very popular in … Continue reading Why not Stoicism?
by Graham Priest In “Graham Priest on Buddhism and Logic”  Massimo Pigliucci recently commented on a piece I wrote on logic and Buddhist metaphysics, “Beyond True and False” . In this, he explained why he was not persuaded. In an admirable spirit of open-mindedness, he invited me to comment on his thoughts. So, in … Continue reading Logic, Buddhism, and all that
[Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Scientia Salon’s special “scientism week” and could profitably be read alongside other entries on the same topic on this site, such as this one by John Shook and this one by yours truly. My take on the issue is very different from that of the authors who contributed to … Continue reading Defending scientism: mathematics is a part of science
by Massimo Pigliucci Graham Priest is a colleague of mine at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, a world renowned expert in logic, a Buddhist connoisseur, and an all-around nice guy . So I always pay attention to what he says or writes. Recently he published a piece in Aeon magazine  entitled “Beyond … Continue reading Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic
by Massimo Pigliucci Philosophy of mind and the nature of consciousness are fascinating topics, which recur both here at Scientia Salon  and at my former writing outlet, Rationally Speaking . And of course we can hardly talk about consciousness for long before running into one of the most famous (and, in my mind, pernicious) … Continue reading p-zombies are inconceivable. With notes on the idea of metaphysical possibility.
by Massimo Pigliucci Over the last decade and a half — ever since I started the Rationally Speaking blog  which has now evolved into the webzine that is Scientia Salon — I have written about all sorts of core philosophical issues (e.g., ethics, metaphysics), as well as on much other stuff (e.g., the nature … Continue reading My philosophy, so far — part I
by David Kyle Johnson Santa Claus and the Origin of Belief Religious persons will also engage in unscientific thinking in defense of their belief. Consider a child confronting the evidence presented by their older sibling about the non-existence of Santa Claus: the fact that Santa can’t do it all in one night, the fact that … Continue reading Identifying the conflict between religion and science — Part III
by David Kyle Johnson Phlogiston and the Soul Many scientists used to think that heat was the product of a material called phlogiston. It flowed into objects to make them hot and out to make them cold. But when they tested for this material, they could find nothing — objects weighed the same both hot … Continue reading Identifying the conflict between religion and science — Part II