Conversation: Professor Frank Jackson

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

Essay: Bad Words

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