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He twice met Goethe. He knew Karl Marx. He was a friend of Balzac and probably a lover of George Sand. Nietzsche thought him Germany's great lyric poet: The improbable life of Heinrich Heine 

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He twice met Goethe. He knew Karl Marx. He was a friend of Balzac and probably a lover of George Sand. Nietzsche thought him Germany's great lyric poet: The improbable life of Heinrich Heine 

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The Age of Culpability: Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility

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2018.06.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gideon Yaffe, The Age of Culpability: Children and the Nature of Criminal Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 2018, 239 pp., $40.00, ISBN 9780198803324. Reviewed by Douglas Husak, Rutgers University Why should criminal justice systems treat those under 18 more leniently than an adult who commits the same offense? This is the question nominally addressed by Gideon Yaffe. I say he addresses this question nominally because his reach extends much further. Like any good philosopher, Yaffe has produced a book with ideas that are exceedingly far-reaching. Along his journey, he discourses on developmental psychology, the nature of criminal culpability, the weight of reasons, the legal status of visitors and the indigent, the nature of desert, and a whole lot more. To be sure, Yaffe is careful to connect each of these broad topics to his central question of juvenile justice. But they are fascinating in their. . .

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Systematic Atheology: Atheism's Reasoning with Theology

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2018.06.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John R. Shook, Systematic Atheology: Atheism's Reasoning with Theology, Routledge, 2018, 312 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138079984.   Reviewed by Chris Tweedt, Christopher Newport University This book, "composed mainly for the edification of atheism's defenders," (p. 37) is an attempt to understand and defend atheism in an organized way. The book is divided into three sections. The first attempts to define 'atheist', 'atheology', and their relationship by tracking historical uses of the terms. The second is an extensive history of atheistic and atheological western philosophers, and the third, which occupies the last half of the book, is an attempt to systematically undermine every kind of argument for the existence of a god. The book's primary strength is its extensive historical summary in chapters 5-6. Though not in depth and sometimes (though rarely) inaccurate, the summary would be an excellent. . .

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Cumberland Clark was a Shakespeare scholar, a serious writer and critic, and no fool. Yet he's also the author of reams of ludicrous doggerel. Is he the second-worst poet in English?

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Cumberland Clark was a Shakespeare scholar, a serious writer and critic, and no fool. Yet he's also the author of reams of ludicrous doggerel. Is he the second-worst poet in English?

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