What Do Philosophers Think About?

The articles on my blog are organized according to philosophy’s variegated subjects. If you’re new to philosophy, you might not know what those categories are, much less what kinds of questions academically-trained philosophers ask. Here’s a brief overview of the subjects I’m discussing on this blog:

  1. Ethics: Asks questions like “why are certain actions right/wrong?”, “how should we make moral decisions?”, “how do we correctly apply moral principles?”. Some examples:
    Is It Ethical to Fake It ‘Til You Make It?
    – The problem with this meme… (Some Thoughts on Gender Equality)
    – In consideration of others, please aggregate and equalize
  2. Social & Political Philosophy: Asks questions like “how should society be organized?”, “what’s the nature of social groups?”, “what are the principles upon which society ought to be founded?”. Some examples:
    – Inequality And The Establishment: Group Membership Isn’t Everything
    – Does Private Sector Success Matter In Politics?
  3. Epistemology: Asks questions like “is it possible to have knowledge?”, “how do we correctly obtain knowledge?”, “what does it mean to know something?”. Some examples:
    – Trust The Experts? Maybe Not
  4. Metaphysics: This subject is a bit of a cluster f*ck right now. More to come later!
  5. Critical Thinking/Logic: This isn’t a philosophical subject, per se, but it is the methodological bedrock of philosophy (one of them, anyway). In short, critical thinking/logic involves clear, consistent, coherent thinking and argumentation. More to come later!
    – The Humble Enlightenment of the Not-So-Well-Educated
    – Trust The Experts? Maybe Not