In praise of profanity. It arises from a meeting place of anger and gaiety. Are swear words, as a new book has it, just &ldquo;<strong>good dirty fun</strong>&rdquo;?

In praise of profanity. It arises from a meeting place of anger and gaiety. Are swear words, as a new book has it, just &amp;ldquo;good dirty
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In praise of profanity. It arises from a meeting place of anger and gaiety. Are swear words, as a new book has it, just “good dirty fun”?

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In what way, exactly, is pop music popular? <strong>Successful songs</strong> may be covered again and again, but even the biggest hits inevitably fade

In what way, exactly, is pop music popular? Successful songs may be covered again and again, but even the biggest hits inevitably
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In what way, exactly, is pop music popular? Successful songs may be covered again and again, but even the biggest hits inevitably fade

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Re-examining the <strong>Belle of Amherst</strong>. Emily Dickinson was allergic to orthodoxy, a resister of rules, and, in the parlance of Mount Holyoke, a &ldquo;No-Hoper&rdquo;

Re-examining the Belle of Amherst. Emily Dickinson was allergic to orthodoxy, a resister of rules, and, in the parlance of Mount Holyoke, a
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Re-examining the Belle of Amherst. Emily Dickinson was allergic to orthodoxy, a resister of rules, and, in the parlance of Mount Holyoke, a “No-Hoper”

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Is Trump’s Presidency Legitimate?

Embed from Getty Images Representative John Lewis, a man who was nearly killed fighting for civil rights, has claimed that Trump is not a legitimate president. While some dismiss this as mere sour
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Embed from Getty Images Representative John Lewis, a man who was nearly killed fighting for civil rights, has claimed that Trump is not a legitimate president. While some dismiss this as mere sour grapes, it is certainly an interesting claim and one worth given some consideration. The easy and obvious legal answer is that Trump’s presidency is legitimate: despite taking a trouncing in the popular vote, Trump won the electoral college. As such, he is the legitimate president by the rules of the system. It does not matter that Trump him denounced the electoral college as “a disaster for democracy”, what matters is the rules of the game. Since the voters have given tacit acceptance of the system by participating and not changing it, the system is legitimate and thus Trump is the legitimate president from this legal standpoint. From a purely practical standpoint, this can be regarded as the only standpoint that matters. However, there are other notions of legitimacy that are distinct. . .

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What Are Human Rights?

Tim Dare considers how far human rights claims can
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Tim Dare considers how far human rights claims can stretch.

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The Absolute In-Practice Human Right Against Torture

Ian Fishback argues that torture should never be allowed in
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Ian Fishback argues that torture should never be allowed in practice.

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Hens, Ducks, & Human Rights In China

Vittorio Bufacchi &amp; Xiao Ouyang discuss some philosophical &amp; linguistic
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Vittorio Bufacchi & Xiao Ouyang discuss some philosophical & linguistic difficulties.

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Virtual Colloquium: H.D.P. Burling, “Anselm, not Alston: The Reference of ‘God’ Revisited.”

Welcome to the first Virtual Colloquium of the spring term! Today&amp;#8217;s paper is &amp;#8220;Anselm, not Alston: The Reference of &amp;#8216;God&amp;#8217; Revisited&amp;#8221; by H.D.P. Burling. Hugh Burling is a
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Welcome to the first Virtual Colloquium of the spring term! Today’s paper is “Anselm, not Alston: The Reference of ‘God’ Revisited” by H.D.P. Burling. Hugh Burling is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Visiting Graduate Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He [...]

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Is There A Human Right To Internet Access?

Jesse Tomalty considers what human rights are and how they’re
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Jesse Tomalty considers what human rights are and how they’re justified.

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News: February/March 2017

Irish President calls for more philosophy in schools • Judge rules on chimpanzee rights • Derek Parfit and Zygmunt Bauman dead — News reports by Anja Steinbauer and Katy
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Irish President calls for more philosophy in schools • Judge rules on chimpanzee rights • Derek Parfit and Zygmunt Bauman dead — News reports by Anja Steinbauer and Katy Baker

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