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Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost

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2018.02.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tzachi Zamir, Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost, Oxford University Press, 2018, 203pp., $49.95, ISBN 9780190695088. Reviewed by Richard Gaskin, University of Liverpool This is a suggestive but also a very unsatisfying book. Tzachi Zamir discusses a number of respects in which Paradise Lost raises difficulties for Milton's philosophical reader, and he considers how Milton either did respond to these in the poem and elsewhere in his writings, or would have responded if asked. But the discussion remains at a rather superficial level. I shall consider four areas where this especially emerges. At the end of Book II, Satan undertakes his daring mission and flies to Hell's gates. There he encounters the portress Sin, whom he himself had created, and Death, whom he had fathered on Sin. Zamir quotes the initial description of Death (666-73):

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Aristotelianism in the Renaissance

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[Revised entry by Heinrich Kuhn on February 28, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] "Renaissance" is used as a useful short label for the period ca. 1348 to ca. 1648. But the use of the term "Aristotelianism" as applied to texts, contents and contexts of that period is problematic.[1] Some authors did indeed consider themselves as part of a "peripatetic" (i.e., Aristotelian) current or...

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Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State

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2018.02.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Clare Chambers, Against Marriage: An Egalitarian Defence of the Marriage-Free State, Oxford University Press, 2017, 226 pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198744009. Reviewed by Shelley M. Park, University of Central Florida Clare Chambers provides a clear, lucid and timely argument against state-recognized marriage based on the liberal principles of liberty and equality. Canvassing a broad range of philosophical literature on marriage, she argues persuasively that state-sponsored "marriage regimes" violate core principles of liberalism including value neutrality and non-discrimination, and should be replaced with piecemeal regulations of relationships that protect vulnerable parties from injustice without privileging particular relationship statuses. The book has two parts, each with three chapters. In Part I, Chambers offers her critique of marriage as a state-sponsored institution conferring a package of rights. . .

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A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being

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2018.02.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Alexandrova, A Philosophy for the Science of Well-Being, Oxford University Press, 2017, 196 pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199300518. Reviewed by Lorraine L. Besser, Middlebury College Ostensibly, philosophy and science share goals that are fundamentally related to truth-seeking. Yet the ways in which each discipline pursues these goals are often vastly different and can lead to different claims about the nature of their object. The study of well-being is a prime example. Even despite increasing efforts to engage in interdisciplinary research, the science of well-being proceeds very differently than the philosophy of well-being, to the extent where we might reasonably question whether or not the science and philosophy are talking about the same thing. Anna Alexandrova's ambitious and timely book tackles these concerns head-on, raising important questions regarding the relationship between philosophy and. . .

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