Welcome to Philosopher’s Carnival #102. The Philosopher’s Carnival is a round-up of recent philosophy blog posts. I’m going to include my own recommendations alongside the submitted posts, and if there is something good I’ve missed, be sure to mention it in the comments. All links are after the jump.
Over at the Phiosophy of Science group blog, It’s Only a Theory, P.D. Magnus asks “How do you think of natural kinds?“. The post is about whether it is best to think that things are either natural kinds or not, simpliciter, or whether a kind’s being natural is relative to a specific enquiry.
And as long as I am recommending posts, I’ll link my own post right here at Horseless Telegraph: Thomas Reid and Acquired Perception.
Jonathan Phillips submits Adam Arico’s post On the Ordinary Concept of Lying over at the Experimental Philosophy blog. The post concerns folk intuitions about possible cases of lying that are potential problems for some popular analyses of lying.
Richard Chappell submits his post Helping Wrongdoers over at Philosophy, et cetera. Chappell discusses the relationship between strong moral demands for beneficence and the principle that one should not help wrongdoers (in their wrongdoings).
Matthew Flannagan submits his post Van Inwagen, Divine Duties and the Deontological Argument from Evil over at MandM. The post critically examines Van Inwagen’s reply to a Tooley-style argument from evil, and the relationship between deontological versions of the argument from evil and divine command theories in ethics.
David Gawthorne submits his post Some Thoughts on Realism About Absences and Holes over at Intentional Objects. Gawthorne’s discussion covers a pretty broad range of literature on issues surrounding the metaphysical status of holes and absences.
Gualtiero Piccinini submits his post Should Graduate Students Publish Outside Philosophy Journals? over at Brains. The post was linked recently on Brian Leiter’s blog, if I recall correctly, and may interest any philosophers with interdisciplinary interests.
Chris Hallquist submits his post The PhilPapers Survey: Believers, Peers, and Experts over at The Uncredible Hallq.
Wes Alwan submits Episode 6: Leibniz’s Monadology: What Is There?, an episode of The Partially Examined Life, a philosophy podcast. I have not yet listened to the podcast, so I can’t say anything more about it.