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Socrates, Reductionism, and Proper Levels of Explanation

Science — formerly known as natural philosophy — is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to understanding and explaining the world

[image: Socrates about to drink the hemlock, Wikimedia Commons]

Turns out, I have something in common with Socrates. Don’t worry, this essay isn’t about self-aggrandizing. It’s just that, rather…

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Philosophy as a Way of Life

Philosophy as a Way of Life

by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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