Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment

2017.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David M. Kaplan, ed., Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment, MIT Press, 2017, ix + 255 pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN
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2017.07.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David M. Kaplan, ed., Philosophy, Technology, and the Environment, MIT Press, 2017, ix + 255 pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780262533164 Reviewed by Steven Vogel, Denison University The important and indeed admirable idea motivating this anthology is that environmental philosophy and the philosophy of technology, two fields that in recent decades have made significant strides, have much in common and ought to be more in conversation with each other than has generally been the case. Yet this collection is a bit of a disappointment, impressive more in its ambition than its carry-through, and leaves one wishing for a deeper investigation of the relationship between the two fields, beginning with more of a serious attempt to define what they actually are and what the connection is between the objects with which they claim to concern themselves. The trouble starts early, in the first... Read More

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The Cold War lasted until 1991, but Cold War philosophy is still with us. Consider the strange and enduring career of <strong>rational choice theory</strong>

The Cold War lasted until 1991, but Cold War philosophy is still with us. Consider the strange and enduring career of rational choice
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The Cold War lasted until 1991, but Cold War philosophy is still with us. Consider the strange and enduring career of rational choice theory

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The only thing worse than newspaper humor is newspaper humor written in dialect. So why does the rube-journalist shtick of <strong>Ring Lardner </strong>hold up?

The only thing worse than newspaper humor is newspaper humor written in dialect. So why does the rube-journalist shtick of Ring Lardner hold
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The only thing worse than newspaper humor is newspaper humor written in dialect. So why does the rube-journalist shtick of Ring Lardner hold up?

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A new history of the right is <strong>red meat for the left</strong>. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read it?

A new history of the right is red meat for the left. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read
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A new history of the right is red meat for the left. Critics have tried to dismantle the book, footnote by footnote. Has anyone actually read it?

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The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics

2017.07.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Shan Gao, The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2017,
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2017.07.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Shan Gao, The Meaning of the Wave Function: In Search of the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 189pp., $140, ISBN: 9781107124356. Reviewed by Mario Hubert, University of Lausanne What is the meaning of the wave-function? After almost 100 years since the inception of quantum mechanics, is it still possible to say something new on what the wave-function is supposed to be? Yes, it is. And Shan Gao managed to do so with his newest book. Here we learn what contemporary physicists and philosophers think about the wave-function; we learn about the de Broglie-Bohm theory, the GRW collapse theory, the gravity-induced collapse theory by Roger Penrose, and the famous PBR theorem; we learn about Schrödinger's original idea that the wave-function represents charge densities; we learn about the notorious measurement problem and its consequences; we learn about the challenges to find a. . .

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Theoretical Terms in Science

[Revised entry by Holger Andreas on July 20, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A simple explanation of theoreticity says that a term is theoretical if and only if it refers to
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[Revised entry by Holger Andreas on July 20, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] A simple explanation of theoreticity says that a term is theoretical if and only if it refers to nonobservational entities. Paradigmatic examples of such entities are electrons, neutrinos, gravitational forces, genes etc. There is yet another explanation of theoreticity: a theoretical term is one whose meaning becomes determined through the axioms of a scientific theory. The meaning of the term 'force', for example, is seen to be determined by Newton's laws of motion and further laws about special forces,...

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<strong>Biology and its discontents</strong>. Techno-optimists come in all stripes &mdash; scientists, seekers, grifters, con artists. They share a zeal for augmenting their bodies

Biology and its discontents. Techno-optimists come in all stripes &amp;mdash; scientists, seekers, grifters, con artists. They share a zeal for augmenting their
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Biology and its discontents. Techno-optimists come in all stripes — scientists, seekers, grifters, con artists. They share a zeal for augmenting their bodies

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Fiery or meek, bombastic or shy, licentious or pious, revolutionary or reactionary, cunning or na&iuml;ve: <strong>Martin Luther </strong>cut a contradictory swath across history

Fiery or meek, bombastic or shy, licentious or pious, revolutionary or reactionary, cunning or na&amp;iuml;ve: Martin Luther cut a contradictory swath across
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Fiery or meek, bombastic or shy, licentious or pious, revolutionary or reactionary, cunning or naïve: Martin Luther cut a contradictory swath across history

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Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says <strong>Atul Gawande</strong>. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church's narcolepsy

Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says Atul Gawande. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church&#39;s
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Gene editing threatens to homogenize society, says Atul Gawande. Aberrant yet valuable characteristics are under threat. Think of George Church's narcolepsy

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Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl and the Transcendental Turn

2017.07.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chad Engelland, Heidegger&#39;s Shadow: Kant, Husserl and the Transcendental Turn, Routledge, 2017, xiv + 275pp., $140 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.07.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chad Engelland, Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl and the Transcendental Turn, Routledge, 2017, xiv + 275pp., $140 (hbk), ISBN 9781138181878. Reviewed by Sacha Golob, King's College London One way to understand the trajectory of Heidegger's thought is as a series of engagements with the possibilities and the risks inherent in transcendental philosophy. This approach is the basis of Engelland's book; as he elegantly puts it, the transcendental functions throughout Heidegger's career as the 'shadow' which he cannot jump over, the hermeneutic situation out of which he writes (p.206). Heidegger's attitude to the transcendental evidently undergoes complex shifts, shifts mediated in part by his successive dialogues with Husserl, Kant, and others, but Engelland's central argument is that this attitude is never purely negative: as he sees it, even the later Heidegger offers what is effectively a 'transcendental. . .

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