Latest Blog Post:We’re adept at masking inconsistencies from ourselves
In pleasanter news than most of what I’ve shared today, Rebecca Goldstein talks to The Humanist about Plato at the Googleplex.
The Humanist: Can you say more about how philosophy benefits humanity?
Goldstein: We’re adept at masking inconsistencies from ourselves, most especially moral inconsistencies, since they make it easier for us to act in ways that we want to. At its best, philosophy exposes presumptions that we’re not aware we harbor—presumptions that nonetheless influence our judgments and actions. It examines whether these presumptions are justifiable and consistent with other beliefs and attitudes we’ve committed ourselves to.
The Humanist: Unmasking moral inconsistencies: this is where your notion of “mattering” comes in, correct?
Goldstein: Yes. At the heart of
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Boston Globe reviews Plato at the Googleplex
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