Parental Leave

Turns out I was a bit too optimistic in October about getting back to posting soon! I'm on parental leave this semester, which is amazing, but does mean I have little time for writing regularly at the moment. I have some things I want to put up soon when time allows, and will hopefully get …

Back Soon…!

The Philosophy Smackdown blog has had a brief hiatus while I adjust to life with our newborn daughter (and help our 2 year old with the adjustment!). Two weeks of no sleep = this: ...Back soon!

Professors Cutting Promos: Pro Wrestling and Teaching Philosophy

This past weekend I went to Planet Wrestling, a show put on by my awesome local wrestling company, New York Championship Wrestling, in Whitesboro, NY. Obviously, as the author of Philosophy Smackdown (Polity Press, 2020), I can't help connecting philosophy and pro wrestling, but perhaps because we're now a couple of weeks into the teaching …

Charlotte Flair and Socrates, ‘Heels are for shoes’

This week in my intro philosophy class we're talking about Plato's Apology, famous for being Plato's interpretation of Socrates's trial in Athens, at which Socrates was condemned to death by a jury of 500 Athenians. It represents Socrates's speech in his defense against charges of corrupting the youth and impiety, and contains some of Socrates's …

Questions

Here are some key philosophical questions: What is real? Can we know what's real? Do we have free will? How do our social roles define us? What makes us who we are? Are we the same person through the course of our lives? What is it to be a good person? A bad person? What …