Natural Disasters & Responsibility

Embed from Getty Images   Natural disasters are increasing in both intensity and frequency. One explanation, which is politically controversial, is that climate change is a contributing factor.
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Embed from Getty Images   Natural disasters are increasing in both intensity and frequency. One explanation, which is politically controversial, is that climate change is a contributing factor. What is not controversial is the fact that more people now live in at risk areas than ever before. As such, disasters that would have previously impacted few or even no people, now impact many people. In some cases, people are living in areas that are very desirable aside from their vulnerability. For example, coastal property is general very desirable, yet is often subject to risks of flooding and storm damage. In other cases, people are living in undesirable areas that are also risky areas. For example, poor people in developing cities sometimes live in areas that are prone to flooding. There is also the fact that infrastructure is now more elaborate and expensive than ever before in human history.  For example, cities now have electrical systems, communication infrastructure and subways. . .

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Nikolai Trubetzkoy’s road to history

A century ago, the Russian Revolution broke out in November of 1917, followed by a bloody civil war lasting until the early 1920s. Millions of families were displaced, fleeing to Europe and Asia.
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A century ago, the Russian Revolution broke out in November of 1917, followed by a bloody civil war lasting until the early 1920s. Millions of families were displaced, fleeing to Europe and Asia. One of the many emigrant stories was that of Prince Nikolai Trubetzkoy. Trubetzkoy was from a well-known aristocratic family in tsarist Russia, and both his father and uncle had taught Moscow University. Boris Pasternak, who was a fellow student of Nikolai’s and a family friend, described them as “two elephants [who] … in aristocratic burring imploring voices, delivered their brilliant courses.” Vladimir Lenin was less charitable to Trubetzkoy’s father, who been part of a 1905 delegation proposing reforms to Nicholas II. When Trubetzkoy’s father died, Lenin’s obituary refer to him as “the tsar’s bourgeois flunkey.” Young Nikolai Trubetzkoy was something of a prodigy, publishing work on Finno-Ugric folklore at the age of just fifteen. At Moscow University, he studied Indo-European comparative. . .

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<strong>James Burnham</strong>, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

James Burnham, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn&#39;t an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking
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James Burnham, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

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<strong>A poem is a machine</strong>, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,&rdquo; says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

A poem is a machine, &quot;one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,&amp;rdquo; says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine
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A poem is a machine, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,” says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

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Do <strong>hallucinogenic fungi</strong> have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Gr&uuml;newald are any guide, yes indeed

Do hallucinogenic fungi have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Gr&amp;uuml;newald are any guide, yes
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Do hallucinogenic fungi have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Grünewald are any guide, yes indeed

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Transcendence and The Concrete: Selected Writings

2017.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jean Wahl, Transcendence and The Concrete: Selected Writings, Alan D. Schrift and Ian Alexander Moore (eds.), Fordham University
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2017.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jean Wahl, Transcendence and The Concrete: Selected Writings, Alan D. Schrift and Ian Alexander Moore (eds.), Fordham University Press, 2017, 291pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780823273027. Reviewed by Sean Bowden, Deakin University Prior to the publication of this volume, and apart from William Hackett's recent translation of Human Existence and Transcendence (Notre Dame 2016), there existed only a small number of Jean Wahl's works in English. A handful of essays and a monograph, The Philosopher's Way (1948), were written and published in English in the 1940s -- penned during Wahl's wartime exile in the US. Several French essays and books can also be found scattered here and there in English translation, albeit in editions long out of print, such as the Pluralist Philosophies of England and America (1925), A Short History of Existentialism (1949) and Philosophies of Existence (1968). Finally, the keen researcher. . .

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Thomas Paine

[Revised entry by Mark Philp on September 19, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer, controversialist and international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776)
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[Revised entry by Mark Philp on September 19, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Thomas Paine was a pamphleteer, controversialist and international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776) was a central text behind the call for American independence from Britain; his Rights of Man (1791 - 2) was the most widely read pamphlet in the movement for reform in Britain in the 1790s and for the opening decades of the nineteenth century; he was active in the French Revolution and was a member of the French National Convention between 1792 and 1795; he is seen by many as a key figure in the emergence of claims for the state's responsibilities for welfare and educational provision, and...

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Faculty position in Philosophy

Job List:&amp;nbsp; Asia/Africa/Australasia Name of institution:&amp;nbsp; American University of
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Job List: 
Asia/Africa/Australasia
Name of institution: 
American University of Sharjah
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Sharjah
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Pankaj Mishra: &ldquo;Longing for the ancien r&eacute;gime increasingly defines the <strong>Atlantic seaboard&rsquo;s pundits</strong> as much as it does the fine people defending the honour of Robert E. Lee&rdquo;

Pankaj Mishra: &amp;ldquo;Longing for the ancien r&amp;eacute;gime increasingly defines the Atlantic seaboard&amp;rsquo;s pundits as much as it does the fine people defending the honour of Robert E.
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Pankaj Mishra: “Longing for the ancien régime increasingly defines the Atlantic seaboard’s pundits as much as it does the fine people defending the honour of Robert E. Lee”

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Books by <strong>Charles Darwin</strong> number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject? Yes

Books by Charles Darwin number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject?
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Books by Charles Darwin number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject? Yes

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