David Hume: friendships, feuds, and faith

Who exactly was David Hume? He was a Scottish historian and philosopher (best known today for his radical empiricism), who prided himself on his reputation as a man of the utmost moral
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Who exactly was David Hume? He was a Scottish historian and philosopher (best known today for his radical empiricism), who prided himself on his reputation as a man of the utmost moral character. Indeed, Hume’s own ethical works regarded traits of character (rather than acts or their consequences) as the main factors of moral evaluation. Born on 7 May 1711, Hume’s life was a testament to his philosophical and academic principles — he pursued his studies with the utmost passion, regarding “every object as contemptible, except the improvements of my talents in literature” and resolutely defended himself against frequent accusations of atheism and heresy. These indictments led to Hume missing out on several academic positions (including as Professor of Ethics at Edinburgh University), but he met such disappointments with characteristic “command of temper.” Despite this, Hume’s “chearfulness and good humour” (as described by Adam Smith) were tested when his friendship with Jean-Jacques. . .

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Feminist Perspectives on Rape

[Revised entry by Rebecca Whisnant on June 21, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although the proper definition of 'rape' is itself a matter of some dispute, rape is generally understood
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[Revised entry by Rebecca Whisnant on June 21, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although the proper definition of 'rape' is itself a matter of some dispute, rape is generally understood to involve sexual penetration of a person by force and/or without that person's consent. Rape is committed overwhelmingly by men and boys, usually against women and girls, and sometimes against other men and boys. (For the most part, this entry will assume male perpetrators and female victims.)...

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<strong>A.E. Housman </strong>was a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other scholars

A.E. Housman was a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other
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A.E. Housman was a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other scholars

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Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in Philosophy of Art

2017.06.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jerrold Levinson, Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in Philosophy of Art, Oxford University Press, 2016, 197pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.06.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jerrold Levinson, Aesthetic Pursuits: Essays in Philosophy of Art, Oxford University Press, 2016, 197pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198767213. Reviewed by Derek Matravers, The Open University Although he has published a monograph (Music in the Moment (Cornell University Press, 1998)) the journal article is Jerrold Levinson's favoured vehicle for disseminating his research. The present volume is the fifth collection of such articles. This does enable him to spread his interests far and wide, and this volume has papers on a wide variety of topics. Six are broadly on the nature of aesthetics: 'Farewell to the Aesthetician?', 'Aesthetic Contextualism', 'Towards an Adequate Conception of Aesthetic Experience', 'Artistic Achievement and Artistic Value', 'Artistic Worth and Personal Taste', and 'Beauty is Not One: The Irreducible Variety of Visual Beauty'. Two are essay-length reviews of others' books: 'Emotional. . .

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<strong>A.E. Housman</strong>was a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other scholars

A.E. Housmanwas a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other
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A.E. Housmanwas a classicist-poet and voice of England. He was gaunt, gray, fond of isolation. For fun he wrote caustic takedowns of other scholars

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What's the <strong>meaning of red</strong>? It's the first color. It has the most powerful poetic and aesthetic associations. It warns, prohibits, condemns

What&#39;s the meaning of red? It&#39;s the first color. It has the most powerful poetic and aesthetic associations. It warns, prohibits,
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What's the meaning of red? It's the first color. It has the most powerful poetic and aesthetic associations. It warns, prohibits, condemns

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Jonathan Haidt is famous for explaining how liberals and conservatives think. Now he's wagering that social psychology can calm the <strong>campus culture war</strong>

Jonathan Haidt is famous for explaining how liberals and conservatives think. Now he&#39;s wagering that social psychology can calm the campus culture
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Jonathan Haidt is famous for explaining how liberals and conservatives think. Now he's wagering that social psychology can calm the campus culture war

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Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict

2017.06.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Johnston, Nadia Urbinati, and Camila Vergara (eds.), Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict, University of Chicago Press,
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2017.06.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Johnston, Nadia Urbinati, and Camila Vergara (eds.), Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 423pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226429304. Reviewed by Kenneth Winston, Harvard University This volume originated at a conference in 2013 at Columbia University to celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Prince. It was an opportune occasion, as the editors note, to examine the foundations, meaning, and legacy of Machiavelli's thought. The result is an engaging, insightful collection of sixteen essays by scholars from Australia, England, France, Italy, and the United States presenting contemporary lines of research and interpretation. In subject matter, they range widely: from small-scale readings of selected texts, to historical and contextual studies of leading ideas, to assessments of Machiavelli's continuing influence. The editors have divided the essays into four sections: on. . .

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Literature enriches the public sphere but speaks most powerfully in private. <strong>Andrew O&rsquo;Hagan</strong> asks: What future does literature have in an age drenched in social media?

Literature enriches the public sphere but speaks most powerfully in private. Andrew O&amp;rsquo;Hagan asks: What future does literature have in an age drenched in social
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Literature enriches the public sphere but speaks most powerfully in private. Andrew O’Hagan asks: What future does literature have in an age drenched in social media?

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For <strong>Terry Eagleton</strong>, culture is &ldquo;the opium of the intelligentsia.&rdquo; To understand this, along with his other epigrams, consider his anti-philosophical stance

For Terry Eagleton, culture is &amp;ldquo;the opium of the intelligentsia.&amp;rdquo; To understand this, along with his other epigrams, consider his anti-philosophical
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For Terry Eagleton, culture is “the opium of the intelligentsia.” To understand this, along with his other epigrams, consider his anti-philosophical stance

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