Richard J. Eisner: Writer / Philosopher

Richard Eisner’s Online Writings

Among Richard Eisner’s writings are numerous articles that can be found online at philosophy-in-LA.tribe.net. There, scroll down to the list of subject links, and click on the “topics” tab at the top of that section. Click on any subject to view it (or to post your own piece). Topic-titles and posting-dates of Eisner’s items are these:

  • “When is war justified?” (12-3-04; 1-9-05; and 2-13-05).
  • “Can science improve ethics?” (on egoism) (1-9-05).
  • “The value of a world view” (2-13-05).
  • “Animation Project” (on determinism) (3-12-05).
  • “Why are we here?” (4-2-05).
  • “Free will” (4-23-05).
  • “On Flew’s ‘Theology and Falsification’” (5-29-05 and 10-22-05).
  • “The Ethics of Belief” (7-9-05 and 8-27-05).
  • “Monarchy” (8-7-05).
  • “Towing Jehova” (9-24-05; 12-26-05; and 1-28-05).
  • “Utopia” (10-29-05).
  • “On Language, Linguisticality, and the Practice of Philosophy” (3-4-06).
  • “Inherent Limits of Reason and Science” (4-1-06).
  • “What does it mean to understand something?” (11-25-06).
  • “Why Be Moral?” (2-2-07).
  • “Foolish Consistency” (3-8-07).
  • “Buddhist Theories of the Mind” (“Four Critiques of Buddhism” 11-17-07).
  • “Can one rationally convert to a religion?” (5-20-08; 8-31-08; 11-8-08; and (“On the Impossibility of Knowledge, Free Will, and God” 5-24-09)).
  • “The things that influence how people vote” (“Why the Left Should Vote” 6-7-08).
  • “Speciesism / Anthropomorphism—Is it Justified?” (9-30-08).
  • “Defining Conservatism and Liberalism” (11-27-08 and 12-2-08).
  • “What does it mean to be irrational?” (12-25-08; 1-24-09; 3-18-09; and 4-25-09).
  • “Humor: what makes something funny?” ((“Mark Twain Ghost Speech” 7-4-09) and 5-22-11).
  • “What is a boundary, and is it real or mind-created?” (7-28-09).
  • “The Afterlife or the Soul—Is it Plausible?” (8-29-09).
  • “Education: What purpose(s) should it have?” (9-26-09).
  • “Is Science Converging on the Truth?” (1-16-10).
  • “Categorical Imperative: is morality objective?” (3-28-10).
  • “Abortion: philosophical arguments for and against” (6-19-10; (“For the Right to Abortion” 8-15-10); and 3-22-12).
  • “Beliefs: what are they, and can we choose them?” (1-16-11).
  • “Is Morality Relative? Objective? Neither?” (“On Morality” 5-27-11).
  • “Addiction: disease, disordered choices, or what?” (2-18-12).
  • “Happiness: What Is It and How Should We Pursue It?” (4-28-12).
  • “Personal Identity through Time and Changes” (5-23-12).
  • “Suicide: Ethics and Rationality” (6-26-12 and 7-24-12).
  • “Moral Luck: should luck affect moral judgments?” (9-30-12; (on egalitarianism 11-22-12); and 2-23-13).
  • “Thought Experiments: controversies, uses, definitions” (6-22-13; 7-27-13; and 11-23-13).
  • “What Limits Should We Place On Laws?” (9-21-13).
  • “Gun Control: Arguments Pro and Con” (1-17-14).
  • “Utilitarianism, Consequentialism and their Critics” (1-19-14).
  • “Does the Universe have a Purpose?” (2-23-14; 3-22-14; 4-13-14; and 4-17-14).
  • “Loyalty — the Philosophy and Ethics of” (6-7-14).