Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg. His name is synonymous with the needless complexity of newfangled devices. His ideas, though, tended to be rudimentary…
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Rube Goldberg. His name is synonymous with the needless complexity of newfangled devices. His ideas, though, tended to be rudimentary… more»

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Taming of Tech Criticism

Pity technology critics. Their arguments are empty and vain. We need less technology criticism and more political and social criticism…
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Pity technology critics. Their arguments are empty and vain. We need less technology criticism and more political and social criticism… more»

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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt’s guide to thinking: Ignore disciplinary and methodological boundaries; discard the insidious notion that insight is quantifiable….
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Hannah Arendt’s guide to thinking: Ignore disciplinary and methodological boundaries; discard the insidious notion that insight is quantifiable…. more»

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A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought

2015.03.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joshua L. Cherniss, A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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2015.03.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joshua L. Cherniss, A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013, 264pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673261. Reviewed by James Schmidt, Boston University This book is intended as both "a study of Isaiah Berlin's political thought" and "an exercise in intellectual biography" (vii). The political thought in question consists chiefly of Berlin's various accounts of the concept of liberty. His earlier writings on theories of meaning and epistemology -- along with his subsequent work in the history of ideas and the philosophy of history, and his discussions of "value pluralism" -- figure here only insofar as they help to clarify the evolution of Berlin's treatment of liberty. The rationale for adopting a biographical approach is grounded in Joshua Cherniss's conviction that the "inspiration, intended meaning, and historical significance" of Berlin's. . .

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Question about Rationality - Eddy Nahmias responds

I came across a webpage which makes this claim."Skeptics of homeopathy insist that homeopathic medicines do not work, but have difficulty explaining how so many people use and rely upon this system
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I came across a webpage which makes this claim."Skeptics of homeopathy insist that homeopathic medicines do not work, but have difficulty explaining how so many people use and rely upon this system of medicine to treat themselves for so many acute and chronic diseases." Is there a name for the kind of fallacy this person is making or particular way to describe it? I feel like that even if I couldn't explain why so many people "rely" on Homeopathy that doesn't mean that it is a valid form of medicine. Response from: Eddy Nahmias You are probably thinking of the informal fallacy, Argument ad Populum or Appeal to the Masses, in which someone suggests a conclusion is true because many people believe it to be true. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_populum While large-scale belief might provide inductive evidence for some claims, we know the masses can be wrong about lots of things, especially in cases where the underlying explanations are complex, as in medicine. That most. . .

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The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy

2015.03.38 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Darrel Moellendorf, The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy, Cambridge University Press,
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2015.03.38 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Darrel Moellendorf, The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 263pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107678507. Reviewed by Kendy M. Hess, College of the Holy Cross Generally speaking, Darrel Moellendorf's book is a valuable, second-generation contribution to the literature on the normative implications of anthropogenic climate change. It brings together a great many issues that must be addressed in connection with climate change. Among others, it addresses the issues of normative principles and frameworks and of impacts to the non-human world, technical questions about risk and uncertainty and discounting future impacts, the distribution of mitigation costs, and the appropriateness of strategies other than mitigation. My brief summary does not (cannot) convey the sheer number of topics and concerns addressed, though Moellendorf's own summary. . .

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Ricoeur and the Post-Structuralists: Bourdieu, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Castoriadis

2015.03.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Johann Michel, Ricoeur and the Post-Structuralists: Bourdieu, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Castoriadis, Scott Davidson (tr.),
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2015.03.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Johann Michel, Ricoeur and the Post-Structuralists: Bourdieu, Derrida, Deleuze, Foucault, Castoriadis, Scott Davidson (tr.), Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 160pp., $32.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781783480951. Reviewed by Reviewed by Sebastian Purcell, SUNY Cortland Johann Michel's superb, timely, and scholarly book addresses the whole body of Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutic philosophy. It suggests not only the reasons Ricoeur's philosophy should be understood as a sort of post-structuralism, but also why it fares better than its competitors on a broad range of topics fundamental to philosophy, including accounts of meaning, truth, ethics and justice. It should be of interest for all who make use of the work of Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, or Cornelius Castoriadis, since Michel makes his case relative to each of these thinkers. The presentation is helped throughout by a readable and. . .

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Language of World Bank Reports

What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque…
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What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque… more»

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Black Power Revisionism

The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?…
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The black power movement’s reputation has been burnished by a rising tide of revisionism. But are these works of exacting scholarship?… more»

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Hobsbawm File

Eric Hobsbawm’s MI5 file contains 1,000 or so pages, collated chronologically in folders that run from 1942 to 1963. He was classified as a “Category A” Communist…
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Eric Hobsbawm’s MI5 file contains 1,000 or so pages, collated chronologically in folders that run from 1942 to 1963. He was classified as a “Category A” Communist… more»

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