Robot MK
34 minutes ago

Just read an article by a philosopher critiquing the traditional view of free will. Interesting stuff! #philosophy #freewill

Answers in Reason
3 hours ago

I Enjoy Laughing At Myself, And Considering The Idea Of What It Would Mean To 'End Up In Science' Lol
#AiR #Philosophy #AnswersinReason #Atheism #PhilosophiesOf #PhilosophyOfReligion #POR #Nontheism #Religion

Erica Crooks
7 hours ago

Automated moderation DOESN'T WORK ! IT NEVER HAS ! It's just another example of how "market based solution to problems" has failed humanity. If we truly want the world to become better, humanity needs to unite in peace ! It's NOT individual problems on it's own. It's connected !
#peace #philosophy

Patrick Stewart
9 hours ago

#goodmorning to everyone! If you are interested, I do a weekly live stream about Taoist #philosophy. Stream begins in 30 minutes on youtube. Recordings are available on #spotify #apple and #google #podcast systems.

9 hours ago

Are there any philosophers who've done work exploring parasitology and implications for theory of the mind?

#philosophy #philOfScience

Ingo Schramm
12 hours ago

When #Nietzsche criticizes the idea of purpose in The Four Great Errors (Twilight of the Idols), he comes to the monistic conclusion that „there is nothing outside the whole“, only nature exists.

„We invented the concept ‚purpose‘; in reality purpose is altogether lacking.“

But as we are part of that whole, our inventions are also part of it. Purpose and ends exist as inventions that are necessary to us.

This leads to #Adorno‘s dialectics of natural history.

#nature #ethics #philosophy

Jill <><
12 hours ago

Life is short. Do things that make your heart sing! 😊🌸

#life #love #practice #philosophy #joy

"Oh, only 122 pages, that'll be a breeze", he thought. Well... about that.

Review in progress and coming soon to

#Books #BookReview #Bookstodon #Ethology #AnimalBehavior #Psychology #Philosophy

A photo of the paperback book "A Philosophy for the Science of Animal Consciousness" by Walter Veit, resting on a wooden bookstand. The cover shows a common raven. The book is heavily annotated with yellow post-it notes.

“Philosophy does not claim to get a person any external possession. To do so would be beyond its field. As wood is to the carpenter, bronze to the sculptor, so our own lives are the proper material in the art of living.” —EPICTETUS, DISCOURSES, 1.15.2

#stoic #philosophy #stoicism

🌈 Gangster Maddy Stylo 🦄
14 hours ago

There is no equal discussion within a society that unequally empowers its participants. 🤔

#Philosophy #KommunikativesHandeln #Habermas #Sexism

15 hours ago

From the front page of Daston, Lorraine "The moral economy of science." Osiris 10 (1995): 2-24.
#philosophy #ai #mechanism #method #LorraineDaston

What is a moral economy good for? Quantification (see p. 8): A mock version of Leibniz's "universal characteristic" was allegedly used by the Academy of Laputa to "write Books in Philosophy, Politicks, Law, Mathematicks, or Theology, without the least Assistance from Genius or Study "-the cranks were turned to create innumerable sentences. From Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa (London, 1726).

since time immemorial we have raised nonhumans to being — language, sound, form, color, even time — toward a belief that the very idea of their consciousness portrays the development of shadowplays or allays our own manipulation of shadowselves in history. the interplay of nonhuman and human creativity continually refounds our semantics and culturally saturated information systems. the shadow of the fool may be not nothing but other than the spectre of the beginning. #philosophy #justchatting

Gregory B Sadler
21 hours ago

One of the shortest and most enigmatic chapters of Epictetus' Enchiridion is number 27. Here's the next bit of my commentary on that Stoic work
#Epictetus #Stoicism #Philosophy #Commentary #Evil #Nature #Universe #PersonalDevelopment

1 day ago

#personal #philosophy

”I believe in a state of…”

1 day ago

"personal ethics feel like corporate compliance, a burden – perhaps a necessary one – but never a source of vitality because, again, it does not have the capacity to inspire. It doesn't ask what we can be, only addressing what we ought to do, and often ought not to do."

Anyone else feeling this?

#ethics #philosophy #society

1 day ago

Obviously a transporter technician who hasn't read any philosophy at all. 😀

It is a trope in Science Fiction too:


HT @pzmyers

#SciFi #Philosophy #SMBC

1 day ago

Finished watching “Bodies” on Netflix. Liked it. Lots there for those who enjoy #scifi #timeTravel #philosophy #vinyl #shellac and character driven thrillers. Some depth on the topic of free will. Recommended.


Gregory B Sadler
1 day ago

It's the first Saturday of the new month, so for me that means I'm holding my monthly AMA session! I'll be on answering questions for about 90 minutes, starting at Noon Central Time.
#AMA #AskMeAnything #Question #Answer #Philosophy #Music #Life #Advice

Patrick Stewart
1 day ago

Hey #mastodon people! Does anyone here work in #wordpress #design? In other words, can you design a #website for an online #magazine about #religion and #philosophy? I'm fully capable of maintaining it afterward and adding content, but I'm not a great designer. If you're interested in helping out, please let me know.

Gregorius Advena
1 day ago

Looking to discover a new #writer , new #poetry , or a contemporary #philosopher ? #GregoriusAdvena explores the intersection of #politics, #religion and literature as a free thinker.

Visit and discover learned writings in different languages!

#explore #philosophy #culture #money #democracy #art #arts #woke #reading #writing #writingcommunity #news #peace #poetrycommunity #books #happiness #selflove #selfcare #life

Preston Werner
1 day ago

I have a question about academic job applications.
Is it a pretty universal rule that your recommendation letter writers should be senior to you in academic rank? Obviously this is true for people applying out of their PhDs and Post-Docs, but is it also true of tenured but-not-full professors? What are the general rules of thumb here?

#philosophy #academia #academicchatter @academicchatter

Christina Dongowski
1 day ago

Helen de Cruz' Newsletter Wondering Freely is one of my favourites. She makes complex philosophical ideas accessible and uses them to discuss how to live a good life. In her new article she writes about how to unlearn toxic productivity & start to learn to let your mind roam free.
#philosophy #ethics #moralphilosophy #MerleauPonty #Nietzsche

1 day ago

“Let each thing you would do, say or intend be like that of a dying person.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 2.11.1
#stoic #philosophy #stoicism

2 days ago

2/2 We take these fundamental categories for granted; but then the consequence of this unreflective stance can be deep puzzlement and errors, not only in philosophy but also in ordinary life. For, our fundamental categories can turn out to be inadequate in various ways – it is then the vital task of the metaphysician to reflect on them more deeply, and perhaps change the way in which we conceive of these ideas. #philosophy #metaphysics #thinking #rationality

2 days ago

1/2 For both Hegel and Peirce held that all our thinking, even of the most ordinary and banal kind, is shot through with various metaphysical assumptions, since all our thinking is grounded in various metaphysical concepts that shape how we think about the world: being, cause, substance, whole, essence and so on, are all such metaphysical categories.
#philosophy #metaphysics #thinking #rationality

2 days ago

#NowReading Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius #philosophy #books #reading

Open Forum
2 days ago

In defence of free will

The latest book by Stanford neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky – Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will – has garnered a lot of media attention for its radical contention that we’re biological robots devoid of moral responsibility for what we do, fortunately he’s also entirely wrong. #philosophy

James Frazier
2 days ago

Diogenes (of Sinope) final and pencil/ink process. #philosophy

A two-tone grey illustration of the philosopher Diogenes of Sinope crouched in partial shadow, his name in Greek characters above in yellow.
Pencil process sketch of the piece.
2 days ago

"I don't think that humankind is worthy of trust when we can't let go of war, draw borders between neighboring countries, seek to become richer than others, find joy in defeating others at sports, and choose someone of the opposite gender based on their appearance." - Yoko Taro

#Quote #QuoteoftheDay #quotes #Philosophy

Yahia Lababidi
2 days ago

Unlock knowledge and savor it like wine;
Defeat death and free yourselves from it!

— Ibn Arabi

Sculpture: Sylph/Azrael by Volodymyr Tsysaryk

#art #artist #quotes #philosophy #spirituality #religion #Islam #inspiration #reading #meditation #knowledge #death #life #books

The Zen Art Center :verified:
2 days ago

Science and the Mind. Can you scientifically study something that is completely subjective? Leave your answers in the comments. Taken from a Dharma Talk by Zen Master Sebastian Rizzon on 9/21/2023. @buddhism @dharma @dhamma #zen #zenmaster #dharma #buddhist #Buddha #meditation #meditate #buddhism #mind #heart #spirituality #creation #thinking #karma #flowstate #spiritualjourney #love #compassion #koan #zenstories #selfhelp #knowledge #wisdom #philosophy #life #truth #clearmind #awakening #mantra #beginningmind

Nino Kadic
2 days ago

My paper on monadic panpsychism, a theory I developed in my PhD dissertation, has been accepted for publication in Synthese! 🥳

@philosophy #philosophy #academia

Screenshot of an email in the Gmail Android app. The app colour is very dark pink with white text. The email says: "Dear Dr Kadić,

Based on the reviewers' recommendations, we are delighted to accept your paper Monadic Panpsychism for publication in Synthese. Congratulations!

Before the paper is sent to production, a few steps are needed. Please de-anonymize the manuscript, restoring (if applicable) any references to your work that may have been anonymized, and adding acknowledgements (if needed)." (The rest is cut off from the screenshot).
Trystan Goetze 🦉🔧
3 days ago

Today, I visited a first-year civil engineering course. I talked about the social model of disability, Elizabeth Barnes's notion of mere-difference, Ashley Shew's concept of technoableism, and curb cuts. I then challenged them to make curb cuts even more accessible and resilient to extreme weather. They had some creative ideas, ranging from using atypical materials in the ramp to the elimination of curbs entirely!

#engineering #education #ethics #philosophy #disability #TechEthics

Guy Dudeman Reads Comics
3 days ago

I really love #AnimalMan and the literal breaking of the fourth wall, where the characters realize they're characters. Such great moments.

#fourthwall #DCComics #Comics #ComicBooks #Philosophy @comics @comicstodon #comicon

Erlend Sogge Heggen
4 days ago

Do not misconceive of a ‘social construct’ as something that isn’t real.

Make the mistake of disregarding our social reality as a way to circumvent it, and you will find yourself banging your head against the very real walls of sociality until you go mad.

Once you accept the reality of our social constructs you will see they can only be deconstructed and made anew by the collective imagination of our socialized power.

#politics #philosophy #SocialWeb

Dave Mackey
4 days ago

"It is quite true what #philosophy says, that #life must be understood backwards; a thesis which, the more we reflect on it, leads precisely to the conclusion that life in the temporal world never becomes properly understandable, for the very reason that at no moment of time can I find the perfect repose to take up the backward position."

- Soren #Kierkegaard, as quoted in A Karkegaard Handbook (1979) by Frederick #Sontag, pg. 12

#quote #existentialism

Steven Saus [he/him]
4 days ago

From 29 Nov: The Solipsistic Purpose To Everyone’s Life - Meaning, purpose, and the uncertainty that anyone else exists.The Solipsistic Purpose To Everyone’s Life was first posted on November 29, 2023 at 8:53 am. #essay #philosophy #absurdism #existentialism #nihilism

Keith Wilson
5 days ago

Told my philosophy of science students last week that modal realism means that in some possible world there are talking donkeys, and they didn’t bat an eyelid. Frankly, I’m concerned. #philosophy #metaphysics #modalRealism

  1. create a Mastodon 'List'; mine is named 🆕 Harbor; extra credit: create 1-2 subdivisions, like 🆕 Harbor #philosophy but your subjects of interest, the ones you post about
  2. edit the 'List'; change it to hide the posts from your main Timeline (P.S. I have no ideas what the "show replies" options do; you aren't alone if that screen confuses you)
  3. when you follow someone; a) mute their boosts; b) add them to 'Harbor' or a harbor subdivision c) optional: temporarily mute them for 3-7 days, leaving their notifcations enabled so you know when/if the interact with you
  4. peruse your harbor lists from time to time; see how you feel about each person over time; gradually prune them from that list so that they will now show up in your main timeline; unfollow those who you have second thoughts on; you can always go through this with them again in the future
  5. over time, unmute 'boosts' for a select few of these folks; pick the best of the best


Yahia Lababidi
5 days ago

A spiritual master is a vanishing mediator who gives you back to yourself ...

When we listen to a true leader, we discover what we want (or rather, what we always already wanted without knowing it).

A Master is needed because we cannot accede to our freedom directly – to gain access we have to be pushed from outside,
since our ‘natural state’ is one of inert hedonism.

— Slavoj Žižek

#spirituality #philosophy #politics #quote

“If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can’t, blame yourself—or no one.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 10.4
#stoic #philosophy #stoicism

I’m fascinated by the excuses bigotry needs to defend its existence.

“Oh that’s just the culture.”

“They’re old and from a different time.”

“The religion says to do it…what do you mean the holy book doesn’t say that?… ok the religious leader says to do it.”

“She didn’t see many of /those people/ growing up.”

Yet to be a decent human requires no logical somersaults, no justification, no rationalization.

Maybe someone who knows #philosophy & is smarter than me can show what I don’t see.

Nate Gaylinn
6 days ago

Is my mind entirely contained within my head? Or does it extend into the physical world, integrating tools, data, and relationships as part of my thought process?

I really enjoyed Andy Clark and David Chalmers's paper on this topic:

For them, the boundaries we draw are artificial. Cognition, belief, and identity are fluid things that can be spread across the many parts of a dynamical system. The brain learns and evolves to adapt to its environment, leveraging whatever cognitive aids are out there, and investing brain power only on the tasks that can't be solved reliably in some other way.

I think this very relevant to disability. I love the idea that physical aids and extensions can be thought of as part of the self. I like how it centers accomplishing some task, without concern for how it gets done. A person's biological constraints don't have to limit their thoughts, abilities, or personhood.

#science #mind #self #philosophy #disability

Cees Grootes
6 days ago

More than argument, logic is the very structure of reality

The patterns of reality

Some have thought that logic will one day be completed and all its problems solved. Now we know it is an endless task

#logic #reality #argument #arguments @philosophy #philosophy @philosophie @philosophyofmind

The patterns of reality
Greg Restall
6 days ago

My office blackboard looks at its best after my weekly logic lunch. Today was an especially good lunchtime discussion.

#prooftheory #blackboard #philosophy

A blackboard filled with logical notations and ideas from structural proof theory. “co-determination θ“ (“θ” for “thesis“) is at the centre, and different fragments of derivations, and different concepts are illustrated around the periphery.
Victor Gijsbers
6 days ago

A commercial #academic publisher asked me to review a #philosophy 170-page book manuscript, offering me 300 euro of books from their own online shop as a reward. (With their prizes, that's about about three books.) I found this insulting and I said no. So am I now...

6 days ago

Interestingly prescient, excepting the equanimity part. 😀

"There are leaders who seduce us because they do not have the conflicts that we have; we admire their equanimity where we feel shame and humiliation." Ernest Becker *The Denial of Death*


6 days ago

Sounds like I have to read some Erich Fromm.

"From his early work, *Escape from Freedom* to his recent *The Heart of Man* Fromm has developed Freud's view on the need for a magic helper." - quoted from Ernest Becker's book *The Denial of Death*

#Philosophy #Psychology

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”

By Epictetus

From: The Stoic
#philosophy #Stoicism #DailyAffirmation

“First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.”

By Epictetus
6 days ago

📌 Every week, we highlight an #openaccess #ebook or #journal from our collection. This week’s pick:

➡️ New issue of Krisis


Krisis is an open access journal for contemporary philosophy that publishes contributions that employ philosophy in understanding current societal, cultural and political developments 🌍📰🔍🤔. It's published by University of Groningen Press (UGP).

#librarycollection #openscience #philosophy #society #politics #culture #UGP

Black and white image displaying the journal title 'Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy'

"I think, therefore I am."
- Descartes

"Why do you always have to make it about you, René?"
- his girlfriend


Nino Kadic
1 week ago

Does anyone know of any websites where I can check upcoming conference CFPs in India? 🇮🇳

A bit of a specific question, but I'm thinking of going there, so might as well use the opportunity 😀

#philosophy #academia #phdlife @philosophy

1 week ago

Elements of Clojure by Zachary Tellman is on sale on Leanpub! Its suggested price is $30.00; get it for $15.00 with this coupon: #ComputerProgramming #Clojure #Software #ComputerScience #Philosophy

Victor Gijsbers
1 week ago

Reflection #3: Against metaphysical possibility.

In which I explain logical, metaphysical and physical possibility; argue that these are not gradations of possibility but merely a classificatory system that depends on the details of our practices; and argue that metaphysical possibility is not a subject matter for #philosophy


Victor Gijsbers
1 week ago

A new (and again quite long) philosophical reflection, this time called "Normativity and Korsgaard". I criticise certain ways of thinking about morality, reasons, and moral laws; and end with some vague remarks about love.

#philosophy #ethics #metaethics

Project Gutenberg
1 week ago

"Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."

Theological-Political Treatise (1670)

~ Benedictus de Spinoza (24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677)

#books #literature #philosophy

Todd Battistelli
2 weeks ago

History of rhetoric musings:

What if the philosophers weren’t afraid that people would agree with the sophists?

What if instead they were afraid that people would see that the philosopher’s already did agree, claiming as truth what they would and discarding as abject and universal error any imagined futures that might move society toward close to equity?

It isn’t that right/wrong distinctions are arbitrary. And at the same time, it there isn't some objective and universally agreed to measure of right/wrong.

It is more that good/bad distinctions are complex and nuanced and situated. And a sophistic practice can encourage us to speak up to unsettle current distributions of power and privilege: other ways are possible.

#rhetoric #philosophy #sophists #HistoryOfRhetoric #persuasion #argumentation #dialogue #deliberation #facilitation

Ben Waber
2 weeks ago

Last was an engaging discussion with Justin Smith on the western philosophical perspective on irrationality at the LSE (9/9) #philosophy

Meta-Sentient Flavored Aqua
2 weeks ago

If you are gonna use AI you may as well use it to create an eternal conversation between Werner Herzog & a philosopher. It's extra fun if you imagine Seth Meyers doing his Werner Herzog impression. #AI #Philosophy ?

Scott Matter
2 weeks ago

Humble suggestions: academics should try to write as if they want people to read and understand their work (and not as if they’re desperate for people to believe they’re really really smart)

#academic #philosophy

Nino Kadic
2 weeks ago

Today I presented at a conference on disagreements in philosophy at the Zagreb Institute of Philosophy. My topic was about functionalist vs. biological theories of consciousness in the context of whole brain emulation. It was a great day! 🙂

#philosophy #consciousness #academia #ai #cognition

Me - white, male, 31, tall, average build, wearing a black tuxedo blazer, a dark blue long-sleve t-shirt, and black trousers - standing behind a desk; behind me there is a chalkboard; a laptop on the table.
Me - white, male, 31, tall, average build, wearing a black tuxedo blazer, a dark blue long-sleve t-shirt, and black trousers - standing behind a desk; behind me there is a chalkboard; a laptop on the table. You can see the conference slide on the projector screen, it says "whole brain emulation" in Croatian for the title.
Ben Waber
2 weeks ago

Next was a great pair of talks by Elizabeth Anderson and Alondra Nelson on societal equity at CASBS at Stanford (6/10) #sociology #philosophy #equity

Roni Laukkarinen
2 weeks ago

Some people are saying things like "Maybe you'll give up on Mastodon". They get it wrong. It is not about giving up on Mastodon;

I will never give up on my servers.
I will never give up on my loved ones.

Would you? Give up on your loved ones, I mean? What's the point in that?

#Mastodon #Servers #SelfHosting #SysOp #Philosophy #Life

Victor Gijsbers
2 weeks ago

Trying something new on my website: off-the-cuff philosophical reflections. Thought processes put down on virtual paper. This first installment is about the nature of judgement (in the sense of 'judging something to be true') and how in interrelates with practical contexts.

The general rule for these things is: what I write may be confusing to you, or raise questions, but ask me anything, at any level; or give me suggestions. #philosophy

Metin Seven 🎨
2 weeks ago

"All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves."

─ Bill Hicks (1961 - 1994)

#quote #quotes #thoughts #philosophy #science #existentialism

About me: #introduction #presentation

Country: México
Timezone: UTC-6
Pronouns: She/They
Major: Computer Systems Engineering
I speak:
I can code in:
- C/C++
- Python
- JavaScript
- Java
- Rust
#GNU_Linux, #FOSS, #Software Development, #Music, Languages/Linguistics, Mycology
Hobbies: Music production, language learning, reading, videogames, video/film production,
I also have accounts in:
Mastodon, Lemmy, PeerTube

Metin Seven 🎨
3 weeks ago

"The Real Self is dangerous: dangerous to the established church, dangerous to the state, dangerous to the crowd, dangerous to tradition, because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual."

─ Osho

#quote #quotes #philosophy #words

Nate Gaylinn
3 weeks ago

There's been a recent bout of people talking about #freewill and #determinism. Perhaps because of Sapolsky's book (

But so much of the discussion I see is grounded in a very strange conception of free will. For many people, “free will” means that a mind must have the power to bypass causation and alter reality purely because it wants to, without any external influences.

This is very silly. It's secret dualism. It's like saying free will only exists if my transcendent soul can reach into the universe (from outside?) and arbitrarily tinker with physics. Science tells us that this sort of free will does not exist. But rather than throw out the concept entirely, maybe we just need a better definition?

When talking #philosophy it’s so important to establish good definitions.