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Philosophers’ Carnival LXXVIII

Welcome to the 78th Philosophers’ Carnival!

The Philosophers’ Carnival this week goes practical.  We tried to find the best philosophical blog posts from the last couple of weeks, with the emphasis on accessibility to a wide audience.  Thanks to everyone who nominated.  The pick of the bunch is below.

Applied Ethics

David Hunter argues that open-mindedness,
not ‘tolerance’ is the appropriate attitude towards different methodologies in
. In the comments (worth reading), Mark Cutter argues that moral
philosophy should not have primacy in bioethical discourse.

Does the United States really not engage in torture?  As Jessica Wolfendale argues, it depends what you mean by ‘torture’.


Enigman asks whether lying is always wrong, citing
the familiar paradox of the placebo effect.

Does the focus on the economy in political
debate lead to a fragmentation of citizenry? Joseph Orosco draws on Singer, and
Aristotle to question whether money makes us mean and lonely.

Kant famously objected to actions that
arise from inclination rather than duty. Aaron Weingott argues that this is a
form of psychological egoism

Richard Chappell considers whether society ought to compensate people for turning them evil.


Aaron Kenna questions whether there is such
a thing as ‘society’
, or are all groups merely collections of individuals?

Kevin Schutte gives a thoughtful commentary on Thomas Nagel’s
recent paper on the place of Intelligent Design in the classroom, arguing that
Nagel’s definition of evolution and of science are idiosyncratic.

Sage Canada reflects on the consequences of
economic rationalism and the banality of evil


Over at one of our affiliated blogs, Robin Hanson and his respondents consider the hidden agendas in politics and elsewhere.

The next carnival takes place here on 6th October.


Compiled by Dominic Wilkinson and Rebecca Roache

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