Andrei Mărășoiu

I received a PhD in Philosophy from UVA in 2019. My main projects of late have concerned the nature of understanding and of ’Aha!’ experiences.

What gets to count as conceptual

Oftentimes we face some sort of distinction between conceptual affairs and empirical matters. Sometimes a great deal of emphasis is placed on it. The distinction has the nifty consequence that philosophers deal in eternity, the unchangeable, the perennial. And who wouldn’t want that? Fact is, in time many different disciplines grew out of philosophy and […]

Pleasures of the intellect revisited

I’m puzzled by Mill’s putative arguments that pleasures of the intellect are superior to bodily pleasures. We all remember the swine bit in Mill’s Utilitarianism. But the surrounding passage is puzzling. (For a refresher, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/11224/11224-h/11224-h.htm) How does Mill defend the primacy of pleasures of the intellect with respect to bodily pleasures? Mill doesn’t – as […]

Firmness and uncertainty

Firmness and uncertainty

Russell writes: “The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.” (Unpopular Essays, 1950, Ch.1 “Philosophy and Politics”, p.15) Is he […]

Fallacies

Fallacies

For a while, I was persuaded that informal logic and critical thinking face a problem. It is this: that fallacies in reasoning often get presented without first making explicit the logical calculus they are said to deviate from. This would be a problem because, in practice, charity to our fellow conversants demands that we should […]

Loving logic

Loving logic

Many students and professionals in philosophy or mathematics, myself included, find themselves in a quandary in their haphazard opportunities to self-describe. They might hesitate to put it in writing, or they might feel proud in doing so – but it rarely leaves them untouched. What some hesitate and others boast in is, for lack of […]