Your favorite interesting, specific question in philosophy
September 6, 2009 4:54 PM Subscribe
Philosophy Filter: What are some fresh and interesting questions or topics in philosophy?
posted by k. to Religion & Philosophy (21 answers total) 49 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if there are many philosophy nerds on MetaFilter (at least relative to other kinds of nerds), but I thought I'd give this a shot. I'm looking for topics that you wouldn't necessarily learn about in the usual undergraduate philosophy courses. I'd prefer these to be pretty specific, like these examples:
1. The "philosophy of information", which covers both the application of methods and ideas from computer science to philosophy and philosophical issues about what information is (especially in the work of Luciano Floridi
2. Attacks on virtue ethics
based on psychologists' claims
that human character traits are much less stable than we think (summarized in e.g. the recent popular book Experiments in Ethics
by K. Anthony Appiah)
More like these please! Really, any issue in philosophy that you find interesting would help. Bonus points for relevance to any timely issues outside of philosophy (in politics/society, science, etc).