The Tractatus… is it so intractable?

Carlos Muñoz-Suárez guides us on a trip down the linguistic rabbit
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Carlos Muñoz-Suárez guides us on a trip down the linguistic rabbit hole.

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Wittgenstein,Tolstoy and the Folly of Logical Positivism

Stuart Greenstreet explains how analytical philosophy got into a
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Stuart Greenstreet explains how analytical philosophy got into a mess.

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David Armstrong Dies • Kindergarten Ethics Lessons • Stephen Hawking warns of Artificial Intelligence dangers — News reports by Sue Roberts and Anja
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David Armstrong Dies • Kindergarten Ethics Lessons • Stephen Hawking warns of Artificial Intelligence dangers — News reports by Sue Roberts and Anja Steinbauer

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Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach

2014.07.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Natsoulas, Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach, Cambridge University
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2014.07.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Thomas Natsoulas, Consciousness and Perceptual Experience: An Ecological and Phenomenological Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 463pp. $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107004511. Reviewed by Mohan Matthen, University of Toronto This book is an extended consolidation of themes that Thomas Natsoulas has explored during his distinguished career as a theoretical psychologist. Taking a broadly Gibsonian perspective, informed and deepened by a critical take on Husserl, Natsoulas treats of perceptual consciousness as a presentation of the environment. His point of view is well summarized by this statement: "all intentional objects of all one's actual perceptual awarenesses are parts, occurrences, or features belonging to the environment -- which includes oneself as well" (276). As is evident from this snippet, the book is an extended defence of "direct realism." Perceptual consciousness never lacks environmental. . .

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The Language Hoax

Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists…
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Humanity is diverse, and it’s appealing to think that each language provides its own lens on the world. Not so, but the myth persists… more»

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No Ivy League, please!

Bill Deresiewicz hears from a lot of young people. They want advice on how to avoid becoming anxious, depressed, and aimless. He tells them to avoid the Ivy League…
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Bill Deresiewicz hears from a lot of young people. They want advice on how to avoid becoming anxious, depressed, and aimless. He tells them to avoid the Ivy League… more»

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Keep It Brief

These are hard times for the study of literature. Technology is ascendant, the humanities in retreat. But the activity of writing continues to redeem itself…
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These are hard times for the study of literature. Technology is ascendant, the humanities in retreat. But the activity of writing continues to redeem itself… more»

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Philosophical Foundations of Property Law

2014.07.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Penner and Henry E. Smith (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Property Law, Oxford University Press, 2013, 369pp., $98.50
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2014.07.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Penner and Henry E. Smith (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Property Law, Oxford University Press, 2013, 369pp., $98.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673582. Reviewed by Christopher Essert, Faculty of Law, Queen's University This volume collects thirteen essays on the theory of property law. Most of them (ten, by my count) share an approach to property law which has become prominent over the last twenty or so years. James Penner and Henry Smith, the volume's editors and two prominent proponents of this approach, describe it in their introduction in terms of an "interest in finding a coherent moral-political justification for property rights," a rejection of the 'bundle of rights' approach that dominated the twentieth century (an approach largely skeptical about the very idea of property), and an emphasis on "the importance of property as a doctrinal category" (xvi). The book is well worth picking up for. . .

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Justice as a Virtue

[Revised entry by Michael Slote on July 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] When we speak of justice as a virtue, we are usually referring to a trait of individuals, even if we conceive
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[Revised entry by Michael Slote on July 22, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] When we speak of justice as a virtue, we are usually referring to a trait of individuals, even if we conceive the justice of individuals as having some (grounding) reference to social justice. But Rawls and others regard justice as "the first virtue of social institutions" (1971, p. 3), so "justice as a virtue" is actually ambiguous as between individual and social applications. This essay will reflect and explore...

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