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APA Member Interview: Dylan Flint


Dylan Flint is a PhD candidate at The Ohio State College, the place he’s engaged on a dissertation in Leibniz. He accomplished an MA in philosophy at Simon Fraser College in 2019.

What excites you about philosophy?

I like arguing. I first received into philosophy as a result of it was the primary time that arguing with the trainer was inspired. I need to perceive issues, and it bothered me that I used to be supposed to just accept a bunch of claims simply on the trainer’s authority. In philosophy, all the pieces should be backed up by causes, and I like that. What actually excites me about philosophy now’s igniting the eagerness I’ve for it with my college students. I like that second when a pupil lastly understands the the explanation why an opponent holds the views that they do, or after they see the explanations for what appeared like a very good argument crumble earlier than them, or after they grasp that, whereas any argument will be refuted, the stronger an argument, the extra expensive will probably be to refute. One last item that excites me is the truth that anybody can do philosophy. So long as you’ve received causes to again up what you’re saying, you might have a seat on the desk. And that’s true no matter the place you come from or what you appear like. In philosophy, we decide the argument, not the particular person, and I like that.

What’s your favourite factor that you simply’ve written? 

I’ve a paper now that’s forthcoming within the Historical past of Philosophy Quarterly (HPQ) that I’m fairly happy with. It argues towards a long-standing interpretation of Leibniz which says that he ought to by no means have mentioned that God can do in any other case, completely talking. The fundamental fear is that it looks like when one supposes that God does in any other case that God would in some sense not be good, because it looks like his good nature, in some sense, determines him to do what he in reality does. But when it implies that God is in some sense not good, then supposing God does in any other case would appear to be inconsistent with Leibniz’s personal conception of God because the ens perfectissimum, or probably the most good being.

Practically everybody since Russell has thought the identical factor about Leibniz, however it’s false! One of the best argument on supply which seeks to exhibit the inconsistency between God doing in any other case and his good nature really begs the query. I level this out within the paper, after which I do another issues to point out how Leibniz can accommodate the problematic instinct that almost everybody has when they’re requested to suppose that probably the most good being does one thing lower than the easiest. Mainly, what I say is that what is definitely being denied is God’s praiseworthiness, however that this an okay factor to disclaim, as a result of praiseworthiness is greatest understood, for Leibniz, as merely a contingent, or inessential, perfection of God. If I’m proper, then this opens up a pleasant approach of stopping Leibniz’s system of philosophical theology from collapsing into necessitarianism.

As soon as the paper is revealed will probably be linked to my PhilPeople web page, which will be accessed right here

What widespread philosophical dilemma do you assume has a transparent reply?

The Downside of Evil! For that is one of the best of all potential worlds.

What do you take into account your best accomplishment?

Effectively, it hasn’t occurred but. However I’m engaged to be married this July! For a thinker, discovering somebody who’s keen to marry you is kind of the accomplishment. However should you’re not into fronts, then my best accomplishment so far must be being accepted to the College of Washington for my undergrad. I didn’t do properly in highschool. Actually, I dropped out, received a GED, and went to ski faculty in Colorado! (I needed to be skilled skier earlier than I fell in love with philosophy and earlier than I had 7 surgical procedures from numerous snowboarding accidents :/). In any case, so I didn’t do properly at school, however after I moved again to Washington from Colorado, I actually needed to return and get my undergraduate diploma. I enrolled at the area people faculty and labored my tail off. That is the place I took my first philosophy class and received hooked. Lengthy story brief, I excelled on the group faculty, pulled out a 3.9 whereas I used to be there, and efficiently transferred to UW after finishing my associates. I’ll always remember the sensation after I acquired that acceptance letter.

If a crystal ball might inform you the reality about your self, your life, the longer term, or the rest, what would you need to know?  

Is anybody going to rent me after my PhD?

When you might have a one-hour dialog with any thinker or historic determine from any time, who would you choose and what matter would you select?

Kant, in order that I might ask him to make clear himself, although I’m anxious that this could take for much longer than an hour.

When you might solely use one condiment for the remainder of your life, which condiment would you choose and why? 

Is peanut butter a condiment? As a result of I actually put it on all the pieces.

The place would you go in a time machine?

It is a toss-up between Athens in 399 BC and Jerusalem in 33 AD. Athens, as a result of I’d have beloved to have seen one of the epic stands of fact to energy of all time, although I most likely would have been like “come on, Socrates, simply apologize and be achieved with it.” And Jerusalem, as a result of witnessing the loss of life and resurrection of Christ would have been, properly, fairly particular. Really seeing that transpire would little doubt assist to reconcile considered one of, I feel, the toughest components of my religion to just accept. However, then once more, who is aware of. Possibly I’d nonetheless doubt what my senses have been telling me.

What’s your poison?  (Favourite drink.)

Ginger beer.

This part of the APA Weblog is designed to get to know our fellow philosophers somewhat higher. We’re together with profiles of APA members that highlight what captures their curiosity not solely contained in the workplace, but additionally outdoors of it. We’d love so that you can be part of it, so please contact us through the interview nomination type right here to appoint your self or a buddy.


Dr. Sabrina D. MisirHiralall is an editor on the Weblog of the APA who at present teaches philosophy, faith, and schooling programs solely on-line for Montclair State College, Three Rivers Neighborhood School, the College of South Carolina Aiken, and St. John’s College.

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