Other Materials

Illustration for Fontenelle's Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds

Presentations, roundtable discussion, radio

Listen here for a 2022 podcast on science fiction

Watch here for a 2022 talk on Science Fiction and Philosophy Illustrated: with the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures

Watch here for a postcast for Damn the absolute!

Watch here for a Seize the Moment podcast interview.

Watch here for a podcast interview with John Symons, MANA, a platform for promoting philosophy in Saudi Arabia.

Watch here for a roundtable discussion of Alan Torrance, Kevin Hector and me on experimental philosophy of religion.

Here is a presentation on the argument from miracles, which found its way as chapter 8 of A natural history of natural theology.

A radio interview (in Dutch) on science and faith at Evangelische omroep

Public philosophy pieces

What can philosophers do?

What can do you with a philosophy degree, outside of academia? I have a tumblr blog, Doing Things with Philosophy.

My interviews with philosophers who work outside of academia have appeared originally on the blog NewApps (parts 1, 2 and 3), and have since appeared in short form in The Philosophers' Magazine. They have also been covered in The Atlantic Monthly, and have been translated in Chinese in the online newspaper The Paper.

Blogging and outreach

My own blog is Wondering Freely.

I regularly write for the The Philosophers' Cocoon.

I am co-organizer (with Marcus Arvan) of the Philosophers' Cocoon job market mentoring project, which is aimed at providing support for philosophy job candidates who face special challenges, or who do not have mentoring support.

On the Cocoon, I have (co)organized several series to help to diversify the profession and offer resources to philosophers who would otherwise not have access to them. These include:

Together with other members for the Philosophers for Sustainability, I petitioned the American Philosophical Association to have one or two of their divisional meetings to go one line entirely. Our petition and campaign can be found here.

My piece with a rationale for this move can be found here

The APA's preliminary response can be read here

Together with Eleonore Stump, I petitioned the American Philosophical Association for a code of conduct for its members (see petition here). The APA has heard our petition and has created the code of conduct.

One of my current interests is how philosophers can increase their philosophical scope and elicit a wider readership by using fiction (in fact, using fiction to convey philosophical ideas is a time-honored tradition, with authors like Iris Murdoch, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir). I have written about the need to include fiction in our philosophical toolkit here, and I have interviewed several philosophers who write speculative fiction, for instance Eric Schwitzgebel and R. Scott Bakker. An interview with me about this topic for the APA can be read here.

I have several advice pieces for junior scholars and peers that other people have found helpful. These include the following:

Renaissance Lute

I play the Renaissance lute, an instrument that was popular from roughly 1500 to 1620. It has 8 courses (which is 7 double strings and 1 single string, the chanterelle). The instrument was made in 1996 by Sandi Harris and Stephen Barber, an excellent lute maker husband-and-wife team. The tuning is G major.

Here are some pieces played by me (YouTube links)

Illustration for Mengzi's child at the well, published in Philosophy Illustrated

Digital art

I make digital art.

See here for a portfolio of published and unpublished artworks.

My book Philosophy Illustrated, has 42 color illustrations of thought experiments by me, as well as reflections by experts on these thought experiments. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Cover art for Philosophy through Fiction (edited by Helen De Cruz, Johan De Smedt, and Eric Schwitzgebel), Bloomsbury, 2021

Cover art for Voices from the Edge (edited by Michelle Panchuk and Michael Rea), Oxford, 2020)

This Bored Panda post with drawings of philosophical thought experiments is probably one of my most viewed philosophical contributions. A volume is under contract with Oxford University Press with 42 full-color drawings of my thought experiments.

Fiction

I write short, speculative fiction with philosophical themes. Published works include: