Philosophers have long debated the nature of happiness, with some saying that happiness is just a certain kind of psychological state and others claiming that true happiness is not just a matter of having certain feelings but also requires genuine virtue.
The new field of experimental philosophy may not be able to help us arrive at a definitive resolution of this age-old debate, but at the very least, it does seem to have inspired a very funny interactive video!
(Note: To go through this interactive video, you have to click at the end of each segment to begin the next one.)
It is fairly common to give a conditional analysis of an option, e.g.:
(CAO) Performing an act X at a future time t1 is an option for a subject S at the present time t0 if and only if S would perform X at t1 if S were to intend (to try, to decide, or to choose) at t0 to perform X at t1.
I know that there are a host of problems with such conditional analyses, but let’s set those aside for the moment, for I want to address what seems to be an unappreciated worry concerning the possibility of indeterminism.
It's my pleasure to welcome Christian Coons and David Faraci (individually, not as a tag team) to PEA Soup. Christian is an assistant professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University, doing really interesting work in moral philosophy (metaethics, value theory, normative ethics and more). David Faraci is ABD at Bowling Green and starts a job as a VAP in philosophy at Virginia Tech this fall. David's dissertation is on the nature of normativity, and he and I have also published (or are soon to publish) a few papers on experimental philosophy and moral responsibility. David has also been a longtime commenter on PEA Soup. It's great to have you both aboard!
In light of feedback some of you have sent to the editors over the past several months, we have finally been able to make a few improvements to PEA Soup. You've likely already noticed the most important ones, but just to make it "official," a brief description is below the fold: