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Death and the meaning of life. Have you thought about being composted or cremated? Perhaps donating your body to science? Why we distract ourselves from the fact that we are physical beings

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Death and the meaning of life. Have you thought about being composted or cremated? Perhaps donating your body to science? Why we distract ourselves from the fact that we are physical beings

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The Subject of Experience

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2018.04.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Galen Strawson, The Subject of Experience, Oxford University Press, 2017, 336 pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199777885. Reviewed by Paul F. Snowdon, University College London Galen Strawson's new book consists of fourteen essays written since the late 1990's, which present his rich, fascinating and evolving thoughts about what he calls 'the self' or, as the title of the book has it, the subject of experience. He suggests that one need not read them in order, which is true, but it is striking that reading them in their presented order gives a strong sense of a multifaceted and interlocking theory supported by a variety of arguments and considerations. It would also be fair, I think, to say that the discussion is so rich and draws on such an impressive list of allegedly supporting sources (including the western philosophical tradition, Eastern thought, phenomenology, ancient and modern literature,... . . .

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Three kinds of offsetting

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Distinguish the following kinds of "offsetting" behaviour:Preventative offsetting -- when potential harms depend on just the global amount of something (say, greenhouse gas emissions), it seems that one can prevent the potential harm done by one's contributions by "offsetting" or paying to reduce others' contributions, so that the net effect of one's behaviour leaves the global magnitudes unchanged.Cause-specific (or harm-type) offsetting -- when you cause a harm of a certain type, but then seek to 'offset' the badness of this by preventing a like harm from occurring elsewhere.  E.g. donating to a relevant environmental charity after polluting your local river.Cause-neutral (or net utility) offsetting -- when you cause a harm of a certain magnitude, and then seek to 'offset' the badness of this by preventing a similar amount of harm elsewhere.  E.g. donating to a global poverty charity after polluting your local river.Preventative offsetting seems. . .

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Moving to Miami!

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I'm very happy to say that Helen & I will be joining the philosophy department at the University of Miami next year!We bid farewell to many fantastic colleagues, and will certainly miss daffodil season in York...... but are thrilled to be joining the outstanding philosophical community at UM!

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