The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies

2017.05.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sor-hoon Tan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2016, 375pp., $176.00
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2017.05.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sor-hoon Tan (ed.), The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Chinese Philosophy Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2016, 375pp., $176.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472580313. Reviewed by Eric L. Hutton, University of Utah This 18-chapter anthology is potentially of interest to at least three distinct audiences: philosophers and other scholars whose primary focus is not Chinese philosophy, undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to become specialists in Chinese philosophy, and scholars who are already established specialists in Chinese philosophy. My review will be organized around what the volume offers and how well it serves each of these potential audiences. In my experience, some philosophers and other scholars who have no familiarity with the Chinese tradition are hesitant to study or even discuss it, because they worry that the subject requires some methodology so different from their own that anything they might say. . .

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Nanoseconds that Matter

Take an arbitrarily short duration -- I'll speak of 'nanoseconds' for familiarity and convenience, but you could use an even smaller measure of time.  Could removing a mere (arbitrary)
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Take an arbitrarily short duration -- I'll speak of 'nanoseconds' for familiarity and convenience, but you could use an even smaller measure of time.  Could removing a mere (arbitrary) nanosecond from your life plausibly make your life any worse on the whole?  You might think not, on the basis that "surely nothing of any significance could occur during such a short time."  On the other hand, if you remove all the nanoseconds then we have no life left at all, which is certainly a significant difference.  Is it coherent to think that many individually worthless moments might collectively have value?I have my doubts, and have previously suggested that such putatively vague goods (as a "sufficient duration to matter") are better understood as graded and/or involving threshold effects.  A friend suggested minuscule scales of time as a challenge to this view, but I think my approach still makes good sense of this case.  Here's how...Some goods are extended in. . .

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Aggregating the Right Moments

Should we prefer to give one person half a million minutes (i.e. one year) more life, or to give a million people one minute more each?  If iterated a million times over (once for each
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Should we prefer to give one person half a million minutes (i.e. one year) more life, or to give a million people one minute more each?  If iterated a million times over (once for each person in the million), the latter repeated choice is clearly better for all (by half a million minutes).  Moreover, as I suggested in comments to that post, if we assume that the million choices are independent of each other in value -- that is, the value of making one such choice does not depend on how the other choices are made -- then it quickly follows that it's better to give the million tiny benefits rather than the one big benefit, even in a one-off choice situation.However, it's worth flagging that on one very natural (but philosophically distorting) way of imagining the situation, the independence assumption will not hold.It's natural to imagine bestowing the extra gift of life to someone on their deathbed.  But then giving them one minute of time is not actually worth. . .

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Global Bioethics Initiative International Bioethics Summer School

Event name: Global Bioethics Initiative International Bioethics Summer School Dates: June 19–30, 2017 Location: Pace University College of Health Professions Application deadline: April 15 for
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Event name: Global Bioethics Initiative International Bioethics Summer School Dates: June 19–30, 2017 Location: Pace University College of Health Professions Application deadline: April 15 for reduced fees. See website for other deadlines Website: http://summerschool.globalbioethics.org/

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International Conference on: The Revelation at Sinai: What Does "Torah from Heaven" Mean?

Conference Name: International Conference on: The Revelation at Sinai: What does "Torah From Heaven" Mean? Conference Dates: June 18-22, 2017 Submission Deadline: December 31,
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Conference Name: International Conference on: The Revelation at Sinai: What does "Torah From Heaven" Mean? Conference Dates: June 18-22, 2017 Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016 Location: Jerusalem, Israel Website:   http://bibleandphilosophy.org/conference-2017

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North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress: Philosophy Panel

Conference Name: North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress: Philosophy Panel Conference Dates: May 19, 2017 Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017 Location: New York,
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Conference Name: North American Basic Income Guarantee (NABIG) Congress: Philosophy Panel Conference Dates: May 19, 2017 Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017 Location: New York, NY, USA Website: http://www.usbig.net/ Flyer:  NABIG

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2nd Annual PHILOsurfer Convergence

Conference Name: 2nd Annual PHILOsurfer Convergence  Conference Dates: June 16-18, 2017 Submission Deadline: N/A Location: Jamie's Rainforest Inn, Tofino,
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Conference Name: 2nd Annual PHILOsurfer Convergence  Conference Dates: June 16-18, 2017 Submission Deadline: N/A Location: Jamie's Rainforest Inn, Tofino, Canada Website: Email Patrick.Findler@kpu.ca or Colin.Ruloff@kpu.ca

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Young Scholars Workshop in Bible and Philosophy

Conference Name: Young Scholars Workshop in Bible and Philosophy Conference Dates: June 12-22, 2017 Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016 Location: Jerusalem,
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Conference Name: Young Scholars Workshop in Bible and Philosophy Conference Dates: June 12-22, 2017 Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016 Location: Jerusalem, Israel Website:   http://bibleandphilosophy.org/young-scholars-summer-workshop

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The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy

Conference Name: The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy Conference Dates: June 11-13, 2017 Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA Contact:
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Conference Name: The 4th Biennial Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy Conference Dates: June 11-13, 2017 Location: Salt Lake City, UT, USA Contact: Mentoring2017@umass.edu

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The World Phenomenology Institute Forty-First Annual Cambridge Conference 2017

Name: The World Phenomenology Institute Forty-First Annual Cambridge Conference 2017 Conference Dates: June 7-9, 2017 Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017 Location: Cambridge, MA,
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Name: The World Phenomenology Institute Forty-First Annual Cambridge Conference 2017 Conference Dates: June 7-9, 2017 Submission Deadline: April 3, 2017 Location: Cambridge, MA, USA Website: Phenomenology Flyer: Cambridge.pdf

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