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Year-End Top 10s: Top 40 Philosophy (nos. 10-6)

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Over the past two days, we brought you the top 10 non-musical posts from 2014. Now it’s time for the Top 10 “Top 40 Philosophy” posts. We’ll do 10 through 6 today, and 5 through 1 tomorrow.

10. DJ Khaled, et al., “I’ll Hold You Down

Many, perhaps most (perhaps all!) love songs are myths. They don’t describe real relationships, or present love the way it actually is. Myths are dangerous. But might they also be good?

9. Dido, “Thank You”

My obsession with mereology can be seen here again, as I discuss the ways in which songs can be taken apart and used in other songs, or put together to form wholes. Or, more usually, to form “heaps.”

8. Royal Blood, “Figure It Out”

Is everything “all in your head”? “No,” I argue, and use Royal Blood as proof.

7. Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”

There are three main approaches to ethics: utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory. In this post, I explain why utilitarianism ultimately doesn’t make sense (even though it makes a lot of prima facie sense).

6. The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

Never let anyone tell you that the Beatles’ early songs were just vapid love songs. This song is actually about the deep philosophical issues we call “The Problem of Other Minds,” and “The Mind-Body Problem.”

Tomorrow: The top 5.

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