Morality, the Problem of Possible Future Selves, and Christmas Parables

In my 2016 book, Rightness as Fairness: A Moral and Political Theory, I argue that morality is a solution to a problem of diachronic rationality called ‘the problem of possible future selves.’ To simplify (very) greatly, the problem–which is partially inspired by L.A. Paul’s groundbreaking work on transformative experience–is that (A) our present …

Is Consciousness a “Stream”?

In 1890 William James introduced the metaphor of the “stream of consciousness” into Western psychology: “Consciousness… is nothing jointed; it flows. A ‘river’ or ‘stream’ are the metaphors by which it is most naturally described. In talking of it hereafter, let us call it the stream of thought, of consciousness, …

Recent work by Brains contributors

(Sorry it’s been a while since I posted one of these!) The following books and articles by contributors to the Brains blog were added to PhilPapers from mid-July to September. – JS Marcus Arvan (forthcoming). How to Rationally Approach Life’s Transformative Experiences. Philosophical Psychology. Robert Briscoe (forthcoming). Review of Words and Images: …