Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World

2017.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford University Press, 2017, 204pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.12.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kenneth L. Pearce, Language and the Structure of Berkeley's World, Oxford University Press, 2017, 204pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198790334. Reviewed by Melissa Frankel, Carleton University In the Introduction, Pearce sets up a problem for Berkeleyan idealism: given Berkeley's view that fundamentally, only minds and ideas exist, and given that ideas are momentary and constantly changing objects of perception, how can Berkeley also be committed to the existence of a physical world that has structure -- a world of stable, persistent, unified objects that relate to one another in ways describable via natural laws? The problem is a familiar one to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Berkeley and Berkeley scholarship; Pearce's solution, however, is far from familiar. He offers a bold, systematic reading of a number of Berkeley's texts[1] in which Berkeley's philosophy of language plays a... Read. . .

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Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. <strong>Don't read widely</strong>. Most work is middling and should be ignored

Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don&#39;t read widely. Most work is middling and should be
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Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don't read widely. Most work is middling and should be ignored

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&ldquo;<strong>Darwin was wrong</strong>,&rdquo; says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history of anything

&amp;ldquo;Darwin was wrong,&amp;rdquo; says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it&#39;s an object lesson in how not to write the history of
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“Darwin was wrong,” says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history of anything

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&ldquo;I write because I hate,&rdquo; said <strong>William Gass</strong>, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical vision

&amp;ldquo;I write because I hate,&amp;rdquo; said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical
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“I write because I hate,” said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical vision

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Tenure Track Position in Philosophy of Science

Job List:&amp;nbsp; Americas Name of institution:&amp;nbsp; Universit&#233; du Qu&#233;bec &#224; Trois-Rivi&#232;res
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Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking

[Revised entry by Katherine Brading, Elena Castellani, and Nicholas Teh on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Symmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental
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[Revised entry by Katherine Brading, Elena Castellani, and Nicholas Teh on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Symmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental physics, both in quantum theory and in relativity. Philosophers are now beginning to devote increasing attention to such issues as the significance of gauge symmetry, quantum particle identity in the light of permutation symmetry, how to make sense of parity violation, the role of symmetry breaking, the empirical status of symmetry principles, and so forth. These issues relate directly to traditional problems in the philosophy of science, including the status of the laws of nature, the...

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Wittgenstein's Logical Atomism

[Revised entry by Ian Proops on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although it has few adherents today, logical atomism was once a leading movement of early twentieth-century
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[Revised entry by Ian Proops on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although it has few adherents today, logical atomism was once a leading movement of early twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Different, though related, versions of the view were developed by Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Russell's logical atomism is set forth chiefly in his 1918 work "The Philosophy of Logical Atomism" (Russell 1956), Wittgenstein's in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus of 1921 (Wittgenstein 1981). The core tenets of Wittgenstein's logical atomism may be stated...

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As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: <strong>Sex is not a solvable problem</strong>. Let's minimize the number of its victims

As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let&#39;s minimize the number of its
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As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victims

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In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation

2017.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Merold Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation, Indiana University Press, 2017, 241pp., $30.00, ISBN
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2017.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Merold Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation, Indiana University Press, 2017, 241pp., $30.00, ISBN 9780253026613. Reviewed by R. S. Kemp, Wheaton College Most historical scholarship falls into one of two basic categories. There is, on the one hand, work that operates at the micro level: it aims to explain the finer mechanics of an argument or to document the full-range and nuance of a concept. A second type paints in broader strokes: it takes scholarship of the first kind and attempts to explain its wider importance. It looks to capture the spirit of a thinker at the occasional expense of the letter. This book is an admirable example of the second type. Merold Westphal weaves a convincing historical narrative that raises important questions for contemporary philosophy of religion, especially in the Continental tradition. Westphal’s stated task is... Read More

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Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it &ldquo;<strong>humbug</strong>,&rdquo; a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder

Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it &amp;ldquo;humbug,&amp;rdquo; a form of fakery that doesn&#39;t deceive so much as fill its beholder with
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Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it “humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder

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