The Ascent (1977)

In that long ascent to the gallows, would we have the courage to stay true to our ideals, or would they evaporate under the demands of self-preservation? Rybak’s rationalization would, I think, ring true in that moment—what use am I dead? If I stay alive I’ll have some chance to continue to fight for whatContinue reading “The Ascent (1977)”

Boolean Diagrams in TikZ

If you’re like me, you like representing philosophical ideas with intersecting circles. Here’s how to draw them in TikZ. Basics Circles and rectangles with rounded corners are easy: \draw[-] (0,0) circle (1cm);\draw[-,rounded corners,thick] (2,-1) rectangle (5,1); In addition to specifying coordinates absolutely, as we have been doing so far, you can also do so viaContinue reading “Boolean Diagrams in TikZ”

My Own Private Idaho (1993)

The ebb and flow of Mike and Scott’s tangled and fraught relationship obscures the stark differences in where they are coming from and where they are headed. In that brief extended moment when their overlapping oscillations sync up, we are treated to a carefree journey of self-understanding and friendship, marked by an openness and acceptance that’sContinue reading “My Own Private Idaho (1993)”

Publishing with Philosophy Compass

I’ve recently taken over as the Logic & Language Section Editor for Philosophy Compass. Before taking over the post, I had no idea what the process for publishing in Philosophy Compass was. Are articles commissioned, or can authors submit proposals for articles? Who oversees the editorial process — the Editor in Chief, the Section Editor,Continue reading “Publishing with Philosophy Compass”

Causal Modeling Diagrams in TikZ

Here, I’ll walk through how to code causal modeling diagrams in TikZ, like the following: TikZ is a package for LaTeX that is included in the base distribution. If you’re not sure what LaTeX is, or would like some help installing and getting started with it, I recommend AJ Hildrebrand’s site. Once you’re set upContinue reading “Causal Modeling Diagrams in TikZ”

My Brother’s Wedding (1983)

Poor Pierce, caught between his parents’ upward ambitions and the rough and tumble community of his adolescence. Not quite suited to either, he floats through life a constant assistant to someone else’s priorities, always there to help but never appreciated. By the final minutes, he’s spread himself just a bit too thin and, in anContinue reading “My Brother’s Wedding (1983)”