Joel Marks is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Haven. His current teaching and research focus is ethics, including professional ethics, but he has published in a wide variety of other fields as well, including philosophical psychology (especially on the topic of emotion), Asian philosophies, logic, and teaching. In addition, he maintains a keen interest in the history and methods of both science and philosophy, and also has a background in visual perception psychology and the psychology of art. A regular contributor to Philosophy Now, he has examined – in articles such as A Funny Thing About Consciousness – whether consciousness might not actually be a disadvantage. He is author of a popular collection of essays called Moral Moments, also published in book form.
Joel Marks Quotes
I marvel at the human contradiction between coddling our pets and condemning puppy-killers and parrot-exterminators on the one hand, and the general complaisance about exploiting completely similar animals in laboratories and slaughterhouses on the other. Only animals as smart as we are could be so stupid.
A life steeped in philosophy has given me a degree of flexibility of intellectual commitment (which in turn can influence my feelings and behavior), so that I am often taken aback (and at times appalled) by the rigidity of belief and aversion to argument shown by others (to the point where they will deem it rudeness or an attack for me to question what they are saying or thinking).
Time, in fact, might best be conceived as the movingforwardness of reality.
For knowledge to be scientific it must be based on controlled observation.
In fact, lying has nothing to do with truth and falsity. It is simply not true that the definition of lying is the stating of a falsehood. Lying seems instead to be a relation between a belief and an intention. If you utter what you believe to be false (regardless of whether it is false) for the purpose of inducing another to believe that it is true, you have lied.