Former philosophy undergraduate, Harisan Nasir, and current philosophy undergraduate, Shalom Chalson, recently had the opportunity to speak with Australian philosopher, Professor Frank Jackson. This is their email interview. NYPR: How did you come to study, work in, and teach philosophy? Professor Frank Jackson: My parents were both philosophers, that was certainly a factor. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson
By Shalom Chalson Introduction Slurs are expressions that demean or insult. Debate regarding the offensiveness of slurs has produced three theories of slurs: semantic, pragmatic, and prohibitionist. In this essay, I will attempt to argue that Combinatorial Externalism (CE), a semantic theory, offers the best explanation for the offensiveness of slurs. I believe this to … Continue reading Essay: Bad Words
By Shalom Chalson What leads to our perception of mind-independent objects? Perhaps, looking at things in front of us stimulates our neurones to fire in specific ways. And the image we “see” is a result of that firing. Or maybe, we see things as they are — the red tomato is seen “redly” or “roundly”. The … Continue reading Longform: Do I See What I See?