Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on Kant

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2018.01.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Guyer, Virtues of Freedom: Selected Essays on Kant, Oxford University Press, 2017, 314 pp., $40.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780198755654. Reviewed by Anne Margaret Baxley, Washington University in St. Louis This book comprises sixteen essays on Kant's ethics by Paul Guyer. Three are previously unpublished; two of the previously published essays were originally published in German and appear here in English for the first time; a number of the previously published essays have been expanded and revised. The volume is helpfully organized into three parts, concerning, respectively, Kant's views concerning the value of freedom, the actualization of freedom, and the realization of freedom. Although each plays an integral role in Guyer's sustained treatment of the specific notion of freedom at the heart of Kant's ethics, the three divisions could fruitfully be read as independent monographs, each covering a core aspect of. . .

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Changing the Subject: Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno

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2018.01.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Raymond Geuss, Changing the Subject: Philosophy from Socrates to Adorno, Harvard University Press, 2017, 334 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9780674545724. Reviewed by Frederick Neuhouser, Barnard College, Columbia University This volume belongs to the genre of works that aim to tell us something about what Western philosophy is -- or, in this case perhaps, about what it was -- by recounting its history from ancient Greece to today (which here means, roughly, two decades after World War II). If this genre is familiar enough, the specific story Raymond Geuss tells is probably not the one you will have encountered in college survey courses or in more standard accounts of the history of philosophy. While the appearance of Geuss's book -- relatively slender compared to other such histories -- is not a reason to throw out the multiple volumes of Copleston on your bookshelf, it is an exceptionally engaging and... . . .

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Aristotle's Natural Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Istvan Bodnar on January 8, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Aristotle had a lifelong interest in the study of nature. He investigated a variety of different topics, ranging from general issues like motion, causation, place and time, to systematic explorations and explanations of natural phenomena across different kinds of natural entities. These different inquiries are integrated into the framework of a single overarching enterprise describing the domain of natural entities. Aristotle provides the general theoretical...

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Elizabeth Hardwick said real literature should elicit criticism worthy of the achievement in question. That meant, among other things, a stubborn commitment to good, clear prose

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Elizabeth Hardwick said real literature should elicit criticism worthy of the achievement in question. That meant, among other things, a stubborn commitment to good, clear prose

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