Nietzsche's Final Teaching

2017.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Allen Gillespie, Nietzsche's Final Teaching, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 248pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780226476889.
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2017.11.29 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Allen Gillespie, Nietzsche's Final Teaching, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 248pp., $35.00, ISBN 9780226476889. Reviewed by Robin Small, The University of Melbourne This book is plainly the result of many years of study and thoughtful reflection. While it is presented as a series of essays, it is unified by a strongly argued interpretation of Nietzsche's thinking between 1881 and his catastrophic breakdown in 1889. To understand Nietzsche, the author argues, we must recognise the unique mission that he believed was his personal task in life, and to which all his thinking was meant to contribute in one way or another. Western culture, he thought, was heading toward a total collapse, and his own work could play a decisive role, both in bringing on the crisis and in pointing the way to the new order that would come after.

Who was the <strong>audience for <em>Mein Kampf</em></strong>? Scribblers and middlemen. Indeed, the disregard of academic readers was <strong>essential to Nazism</strong> from its inception

Who was the audience for Mein Kampf? Scribblers and middlemen. Indeed, the disregard of academic readers was essential to Nazism from its
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Who was the audience for Mein Kampf? Scribblers and middlemen. Indeed, the disregard of academic readers was essential to Nazism from its inception

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&ldquo;Let me confess something.&rdquo; &ldquo;Let me summarize.&rdquo; &ldquo;Let me give a couple of examples.&rdquo; <strong>Writers don't ask permission</strong>. It&rsquo;s your book, do what you want &mdash; just don't do that

&amp;ldquo;Let me confess something.&amp;rdquo; &amp;ldquo;Let me summarize.&amp;rdquo; &amp;ldquo;Let me give a couple of examples.&amp;rdquo; Writers don&#39;t ask permission. It&amp;rsquo;s your book, do what you want &amp;mdash;
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“Let me confess something.” “Let me summarize.” “Let me give a couple of examples.” Writers don't ask permission. It’s your book, do what you want — just don't do that

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<strong>On bias against women in art</strong>. Louise Bourgeois knew just about everyone in the art world by the 1940s yet didn&rsquo;t become famous until the 1980s

On bias against women in art. Louise Bourgeois knew just about everyone in the art world by the 1940s yet didn&amp;rsquo;t become famous until the
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On bias against women in art. Louise Bourgeois knew just about everyone in the art world by the 1940s yet didn’t become famous until the 1980s

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Love as Human Freedom

2017.11.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul A. Kottman, Love as Human Freedom, Stanford University Press, 2017, 214 pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781503602274. Reviewed
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2017.11.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul A. Kottman, Love as Human Freedom, Stanford University Press, 2017, 214 pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9781503602274. Reviewed by Catherine Wilson, University of York/The Graduate Center CUNY "Sooner or later," the hero of Robert Musil's The Man without Qualities muses to his sister Agathe, "there will be an era of simple unassuming sexual comradeship, when boy and girl will stand, reconciled and uncomprehending, gazing at an ancient heap of broken clockwork springs that was once what made Man and Woman tick" [1] This book argues that we are getting there, or at least that many of the preconditions of getting there have been satisfied. "I will offer," Kottman states in the Prologue, "an account of lovemaking as a distinct world-historical achievement, one that can help us to explain enormous socio-historical shifts, from the increasing social... Read More

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Experimental Metaphysics

2017.11.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Rose (ed.), Experimental Metaphysics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 242pp., $91.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781474278614. Reviewed by David
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2017.11.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Rose (ed.), Experimental Metaphysics, Bloomsbury, 2017, 242pp., $91.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781474278614. Reviewed by David Mark Kovacs, Tel Aviv University This book is the latest in a series from Bloomsbury on experimental philosophy and its applications to specific areas. Experimental philosophy started in the early 2000s as a radical movement seeking to replace “armchair” reliance on intuitions with a systematic collection of data about them, basically with the tools and methods of cognitive science. (“Seeking to replace” may be an overly diplomatic expression; some probably still remember the image of the burning armchair.) As the movement gained traction this radical rhetoric gradually tapered off, and the results of experimental work are now increasingly incorporated into many mainstream areas of philosophy, for instance, epistemology and the philosophy of action. Yet, while empirical methods per se. . .

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To be French is to argue about what it <strong>means to be French</strong>. At the least, it means a fondness for adversarial politics and abstract notions

To be French is to argue about what it means to be French. At the least, it means a fondness for adversarial politics and abstract
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To be French is to argue about what it means to be French. At the least, it means a fondness for adversarial politics and abstract notions

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<strong>Clifton Fadiman</strong> was desperate to break into the WASP intellectual establishment. His plan: signal refinement by drinking the best wine

Clifton Fadiman was desperate to break into the WASP intellectual establishment. His plan: signal refinement by drinking the best
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Clifton Fadiman was desperate to break into the WASP intellectual establishment. His plan: signal refinement by drinking the best wine

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<strong>Lorca</strong> thought being from Granada helped him understand Gypsies, blacks, and Jews. But adopting poetic forms from stigmatized groups is a complicated business

Lorca thought being from Granada helped him understand Gypsies, blacks, and Jews. But adopting poetic forms from stigmatized groups is a complicated
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Lorca thought being from Granada helped him understand Gypsies, blacks, and Jews. But adopting poetic forms from stigmatized groups is a complicated business

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Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness

2017.11.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ori Simchen, Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness, Oxford University Press, 2017, 159 pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198892147.
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2017.11.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ori Simchen, Semantics, Metasemantics, Aboutness, Oxford University Press, 2017, 159 pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198892147. Reviewed by Derek Ball, University of St Andrews This book is a study of the consequences of different metasemantic views for debates about the indeterminacy of reference, self-reference, and legal interpretation. As Simchen sees things, the leading question of metasemantics is: "What determines that expressions have their semantic significance?" (2), and the main divide in metasemantic theorizing is between productivist ways of answering this question -- on which semantic significance is determined by conditions associated with the production of the significant item -- and interpretationist ways of answering it -- on which semantic significance is determined by "conditions of interpretative consumption" (4). Simchen sees views that try to explain semantic significance in terms of. . .

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