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Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates

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2018.02.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert C. Bartlett, Sophistry and Political Philosophy: Protagoras' Challenge to Socrates, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 248pp., $40.00, ISBN 9780226394282. Reviewed by Giovanni Giorgini, University of Bologna/Princeton University Robert C. Bartlett offers a refined interpretation of two Platonic dialogues -the Protagoras and the Theaetetus- as well as a subtle attack at contemporary post-modern, relativistic philosophies. Bartlett correctly identifies in the sophist Protagoras one of the most challenging thinkers for Plato's moral and political project. Also, if someone wishes to attack post-modernism and its intrinsic relativism from its foundation, the choice of Protagoras, the first consistent relativist, is perfect; and the task is made more interesting by the fact that most of the information we have about his thought comes from his intellectual nemesis -Plato. The fact the Plato tackled. . .

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Theorizing Justice: Critical Insights and Future Directions

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2018.02.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krushil Watene and Jay Drydyk (eds.), Theorizing Justice: Critical Insights and Future Directions, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 197 pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781783484041. Reviewed by David A. Reidy, University of Tennessee Introducing this edited collection, Krushil Watene says that it aims first to gather some critical insights into the broadly Rawlsian tradition in political philosophy and then to present some new issues that may require alternative points of departure or new frameworks of thought if progress is to be made in our thinking about them. While this does not suggest a great deal of topical or methodological unity, it still suggests more than is delivered by the papers that follow. Nevertheless, most of the papers are informed, insightful, stimulating and useful. As a whole, however, the volume neither sheds much light on the future of the Rawlsian tradition nor generates much momentum behind. . .

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Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality and Perception

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2018.02.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sonia Sedivy, Beauty and the End of Art: Wittgenstein, Plurality and Perception, Bloomsbury, 2016, 256 pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781350076631. Reviewed by Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, University of Hertfordshire As the title and subtitle suggest, there are many themes addressed in this book, perhaps too many. Certainly, too many for me to do justice to the multifarious strands they generate. Sonia Sedivy's aim is to find a new intersection in the relationships between art, aesthetic properties, beauty, perception, Wittgensteinian realism and Kant's aesthetics. She looks for a way in which beauty might speak to a sense of ending in Western art without that implying that art is stopping, but rather that it is completely open. The book concludes with the proposal that beauty is the value of perceptual engagement, of the world's inseparable perceptible presence to us, and that this core value in human life may be. . .

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