Reflections on Philosophy and Science

Reflective thoughts on current and historical issues in philosophy
and the sciences

In this area, our authors offer their personal reflections on a variety of issues in philosophy and science. These musings are short and to the point and are often precursors to more substantive essays. Do you have your own thoughts that you would like to share with a wider audience? Contributions of ideas are welcomed.

Philosophical Reflections

Musings on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and logic

Scientific Reflections

Musings on physics, biology, the mind and religion

Latest Reflections

Rational Realm welcomes contributions of personal reflections for publication on our site. Please review our submission guidelines and contact us.

  • What's Wrong with Democracy?

    The rise of Donald Trump and the outcome of the Brexit vote indicate that our democratic systems of government are under stress.

  • Doing Good without God

    Read one atheist's story about how she practices effective altruism through Kiva microfinance.

  • Working Towards Alleviating Extreme Poverty

    Heather McLaughlin shares four straightforward and effective strategies for doing good better.

  • Free Will and Compatibilism

    Discussion paper exploring whether human beings can possess genuine free will in a deterministic world and the implications for moral responsibility.

  • Moral Norms and Normativity

    Do moral norms differ from non-moral norms, such as norms of law, prudence, etiquette and game play? This preliminary analysis teases out what is common to all normative systems and what is different about moral norms.

  • What Is Cosmology?

    Is cosmology a true scientific discipline based on experimental data or just philosophical speculation?

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