How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird?

Who is Bob Dylan? An aging musician who likes privacy and sleeping with pet mastiffs. A better question might be: Why is Bob Dylan?…
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Who is Bob Dylan? An aging musician who likes privacy and sleeping with pet mastiffs. A better question might be: Why is Bob Dylan?… more»

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Our Metaphors, Ourselves

Does metaphor exist to connect us to the world, or to teach the limited nature of that connection, wonders Denis Donoghue…
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Does metaphor exist to connect us to the world, or to teach the limited nature of that connection, wonders Denis Donoghue… more»

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The Holy Mountain

The allure of Mount Athos. A magnet for travel writers like Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin, the holy mountain maintains its mystery…
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The allure of Mount Athos. A magnet for travel writers like Patrick Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin, the holy mountain maintains its mystery… more»

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5th Workshop of Experimental Philosophy Group UK

Conference Name: 5th Workshop of Experimental Philosophy Group UKConference Dates: September 11-12, 2014Location: Oxford Martin
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Conference Name: 5th Workshop of Experimental Philosophy Group UKConference Dates: September 11-12, 2014Location: Oxford Martin SchoolWebsite: https://sites.google.com/site/experimentalphilosophygroupuk/5th-workshop-sept-14

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Rationality & Reflection

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Facts & Sincerely Held Beliefs

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/480488321 The Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States raised numerous issues including a rather interesting one regarding beliefs and facts.
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http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/480488321 The Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States raised numerous issues including a rather interesting one regarding beliefs and facts. Oversimplifying things for the sake of brevity, the owners of Hobby Lobby claim to be opposed to abortion on religious grounds and they claim to believe that certain forms of birth control involve abortion. As such, they contended that providing insurance to their employees that covered what they regard as abortion would violate their religious beliefs and impose an unreasonable burden on them. As I tell my students in my ethics class, a moral issue often involves three main components. The first consists of the relevant facts. Put very simply, a factual matter is such that the claim being made is true or false regardless of how we think or feel about its truth.  For example, the mass of an object is a factual matter. Factual matters can become rather complicated by the fact that one might. . .

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Being, Essence and Substance in Plato and Aristotle

2014.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Ricoeur, Being, Essence and Substance in Plato and Aristotle, David Pellauer and John Starkey (trs.), Polity, 2013, 266pp.,
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2014.08.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Ricoeur, Being, Essence and Substance in Plato and Aristotle, David Pellauer and John Starkey (trs.), Polity, 2013, 266pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780745660554. Reviewed by Pol Vandevelde, Marquette University This is the translation of a course that Paul Ricoeur taught at the University of Strasbourg in 1953-1954 and several times since then. It circulated in a mimeographed version made at the Sorbonne in 1957 and was published as a course in 1982. The French edition by Jean-Louis Schlegel appeared in 2011. Several other courses will become available electronically in the near future. There are three main benefits in the publication and translation of this course. The first is Ricoeur's genuine contribution to the scholarship to Plato and Aristotle. This course represents his most detailed discussion of two philosophers who have remained his discussion partners until the end. Ricoeur sets for himself a. . .

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The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy

2014.08.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott M. Campbell and Paul W. Bruno, The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2013, 267pp., $37.95
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2014.08.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott M. Campbell and Paul W. Bruno, The Science, Politics, and Ontology of Life-Philosophy, Bloomsbury, 2013, 267pp., $37.95 (pbk), 9781472591586. Reviewed by Keith Ansell-Pearson, University of Warwick In their Introduction the editors state that they wish this book to help restore life to a fundamental place within philosophical discourse and practice. It is an ambitious collection of essays of mixed quality that aims to retrieve and extend the work of the classical philosophers of life, notably Nietzsche, Dilthey, and Bergson. In large part, the volume succeeds in the tasks it has set itself, and it deserves to stimulate wide-ranging debates on the category of life as it concerns matters of ontology, science, and politics. If I have one major criticism it is that the essays do not sufficiently engage with one another, and as a result one is left with a series of largely juxtaposed sections. Having said. . .

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Self-Love vs. Vanity

The love of one’s self is a virtue, one that takes time and thought to cultivate. Vanity, however, is a vice. Clancy Martin parses the distinction…
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The love of one’s self is a virtue, one that takes time and thought to cultivate. Vanity, however, is a vice. Clancy Martin parses the distinction… more»

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Geoff Dyer at the Geoff Dyer Conference

“The only time I’ve ever been in a seminar where I have been the leading authority on the subject.” Geoff Dyer attends the Geoff Dyer conference…
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“The only time I’ve ever been in a seminar where I have been the leading authority on the subject.” Geoff Dyer attends the Geoff Dyer conference… more»

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