...you're a philosopher. So welcome to Philosophers' Carnival #121. Not so much a one-to-one as a party (a rather Platonic party). The bouncer's been busy (arguably too busy, or not busy enough). And there's some of the hard stuff later on; so, enter...
Jeremy Stangroom wonders, 'A First Unmoved Mover?' (at Talking Philosophy). He shows Copleston and Russell describing the Atomists differently; not because either was bad at the history of philosophy, but because good answers to the question Why should there be something rather than nothing? do include Because the metaphysically necessary being is perfectly good as well as the (now) obvious No reason.
......the Living-room (mind)
Kenny Pearce knows that 'Sometimes it's Rational to act Arbitrarily' (at Kenny Pearce). 'In ordinary cases it is irrational to take a certain course of action when you know there is a better one available to you,' but what if you are asked to choose any natural number of dollars? (Sobel thinks that choosing anything would still be irrational; why would he think that?)
Tim Dean considers 'Morality, Health and Sam Harris' (at Ockham's Beard), arguing that Harris's moral realism makes naturalism harder to defend, and suggesting that we could just say that 'Being animals, we pursue health. And being social, we pursue morality.'
Anders Sandberg wonders how much 'Intolerance we ought to encourage?' (at Practical Ethics). 'At the very least we can make it a social rule that just as we frown at racist, sexist or homophobic statements we frown at pseudoscience or deceptive evidence.'
Brian Leiter also looks at 'Women in Philosophy in the US' (at Leiter Reports), and finds that the proportion teaching philosophy is only about 20%. That's pretty good, given our context (it's more than 5 times the proportion of female bloggers here).
.........is there 'More on philosophy and society'? No, because the party's over (hopefully before the fighting starts). Almost all-male, and the kitchen the most popular place; what a party. But if this carnival bored (or annoyed) you, or if your entry bounced (for no good reason), the solution is to host a carnival, which you should also do if you liked this one, of course: No hosts = no carnivals. ......And whenever you find yourself reading an interesting post, of a philosophical nature, you should submit it, because no posts = no carnivals. Carnival #122 will be at Ichthus77
I am old; in 2003, at the age of 40, I was published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, but since then I've done little. Blogging since 2007, my main involvement was via the Philosophers' Carnival, which moved to Facebook.