Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat?

For more than 100,000 years, humanity has survived every natural disaster. Now the existential risk comes from our own creation: supersmart machines…
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Gardens of Their Dreams

For D.H. Lawrence, it was Bavarian gentians; for Jane Austen, syringa. What is it about flowers that summons the literary muse?…
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For D.H. Lawrence, it was Bavarian gentians; for Jane Austen, syringa. What is it about flowers that summons the literary muse?… more»

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Franz Rosenzweig

[Revised entry by Benjamin Pollock on September 12, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Franz Rosenzweig (1886 - 1929) ranks as one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the modern period. As a
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[Revised entry by Benjamin Pollock on September 12, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] Franz Rosenzweig (1886 - 1929) ranks as one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the modern period. As a historian of philosophy, Rosenzweig played a brief but noteworthy role in the neo-Hegelian revival on the German intellectual scene of the 1910s. In the years...

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Mental Imagery

[Revised entry by Nigel J.T. Thomas on September 12, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, american-response.html, bibliography-mental-imagery.html, bibliography-supplementary.html,
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[Revised entry by Nigel J.T. Thomas on September 12, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, american-response.html, bibliography-mental-imagery.html, bibliography-supplementary.html, demand-characteristics-problem.html, european-responses.html, mental-rotation.html, notes.html, quasi-perceptual.html, quasi-pictorial.html, representational-neglect.html, theories-memory.html] Mental imagery (varieties of which are sometimes colloquially refered to as "visualizing," "seeing in the mind's eye," "hearing in the head," "imagining the feel of," etc.) is quasi-perceptual experience; it resembles perceptual experience, but occurs in the absence of the appropriate external stimuli. It is also generally understood to bear...

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Faculty positions in the Civilization Sequence Program at the American University of Beirut

Job List:  Asia/Africa/Australasia Name of institution:  The American University of
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Asia/Africa/Australasia
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The American University of Beirut
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Obligations to Others: Hunger in America

In my previous essay, I considered various stock arguments in favor of the claim that we have obligations to people we do not know. In this essay I will consider a rather concrete matter of
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(Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my previous essay, I considered various stock arguments in favor of the claim that we have obligations to people we do not know. In this essay I will consider a rather concrete matter of obligation, namely that of hunger in the United States of America. The United States is known as the wealthiest nation on the planet and also as a country that is facing an obesity epidemic. As such, it probably seems rather odd to claim that America faces a serious problem with hunger. Sadly, this is the case and the matter was featured in Tracie McMillan’s “The New Face of Hunger” in August 2014 issue of National Geographic. Out of a total population of 313.9 million people, 48 million Americans are food insecure, which is a contemporary term for the hungry. In terms of demographics, over half of the food insecure are white and over half are people who live outside of the cities. 72% of recipients are children, senior citizens and the disabled.  Two thirds of families on. . .

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Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature

2014.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Almog, Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature, Oxford University Press, 2014, 143pp.,
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2014.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joseph Almog, Everything in Its Right Place: Spinoza and Life by the Light of Nature, Oxford University Press, 2014, 143pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199314393. Reviewed by Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Johns Hopkins University I do not know whether I am getting Spinoza's metaphysics right in the present essay. I suppose this will take another decade . . . . Spinoza is the first philosopher (after thirty years of professional philosophy!) with whom I feel no unbridgeable gulf between teaching philosophy from 10 am to noon and going for a run in the hills from noon to 1, no apartheid between thinking and being. (p. xi) There is something charming in this admission of modesty with which Joseph Almog concludes the preface to his new book. This pronouncement, as well as the Spinoza-admiring title of the book, may surprise some readers who are more acquainted with his work as philosopher of logic and language. Those readers. . .

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Death of Adulthood in American Culture

Male cultural supremacy is a thing of the past. Now women are the dominant voices. And nobody grows up anymore. Who killed adulthood?…
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Male cultural supremacy is a thing of the past. Now women are the dominant voices. And nobody grows up anymore. Who killed adulthood?… more»

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Is ‘Progress’ Good for Humanity?

The idea that the Industrial Revolution made us happier, wealthier, more productive is deeply ingrained. What if it actually made things worse?…
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The idea that the Industrial Revolution made us happier, wealthier, more productive is deeply ingrained. What if it actually made things worse?… more»

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Nabokov’s letters to wife

Vladimir and Vera Nabokov were rarely apart. When they were, he wrote – about animals, other writers, other women, Jews, gay people…
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Vladimir and Vera Nabokov were rarely apart. When they were, he wrote – about animals, other writers, other women, Jews, gay people… more»

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