A mood, a tint, a taint, danger, virility, possibility, royalty, beauty: parsing the <strong>many meanings of blue</strong>, that most popular of colors&nbsp;

A mood, a tint, a taint, danger, virility, possibility, royalty, beauty: parsing the many meanings of blue, that most popular of
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A mood, a tint, a taint, danger, virility, possibility, royalty, beauty: parsing the many meanings of blue, that most popular of colors 

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What does the experimental evidence actually say about the stability of moral intuitions?

Suppose you are sitting at your desk, reflecting on a moral question. Now suppose that as you are reflecting on this question, you happen to be looking around at a somewhat disgusting scene. Perhaps
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Suppose you are sitting at your desk, reflecting on a moral question. Now suppose that as you are reflecting on this question, you happen to be looking around at a somewhat disgusting scene. Perhaps there is a half-eaten apple on the desk, or a bad smell in the room, or maybe you just didn't have an opportunity to wash your hands. I sometimes encounter the claim that experimental studies have shown that people's moral intuitions can be pushed around in surprising ways by subtle situational factors like these. It is then sometimes suggested that philosophers need to think more about the deeper philosophical implications of this kind of 'instability' in our moral intuitions. This claim strikes me as a serious misrepresentation of the present state of the empirical literature. In fact, it might be more accurate to say that existing studies provide evidence that these factors do not influence people's moral intuitions. At the very least, it would be hard to deny that a whole bunch of. . .

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<strong>S.Y. Agnon</strong>, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his stories

S.Y. Agnon, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his
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S.Y. Agnon, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his stories

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An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language&rsquo;s <strong>most unusual punctuation mark</strong>. Where did it come from, and how did it get so weird?

An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language&amp;rsquo;s most unusual punctuation mark. Where did it come from, and how did it get so
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An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language’s most unusual punctuation mark. Where did it come from, and how did it get so weird?

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<p><strong>S.Y. Agnon</strong>, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his stories</p>

S.Y. Agnon, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his
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S.Y. Agnon, the only Nobel laureate among Hebrew-language writers, may well be the only modern writer to name himself after one of his stories

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<strong>The wittiest British writer</strong>? Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro. His writing is full of lunatic clarity: cows could be murderers; ferrets, gods

The wittiest British writer? Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro. His writing is full of lunatic clarity: cows could be murderers; ferrets,
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The wittiest British writer? Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro. His writing is full of lunatic clarity: cows could be murderers; ferrets, gods

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<p>An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language&rsquo;s <strong>most unusual punctuation mark</strong>. Where did it come from, and how did it get so weird?</p>

An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language&amp;rsquo;s most unusual punctuation mark. Where did it come from, and how did it get so
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An ellipsis indicates an absence, making it the language’s most unusual punctuation mark. Where did it come from, and how did it get so weird?

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Mary Wollstonecraft

[Revised entry by Sylvana Tomaselli on August 19, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) was a moral and political philosopher whose analysis of the condition
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[Revised entry by Sylvana Tomaselli on August 19, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797) was a moral and political philosopher whose analysis of the condition of women in modern society retains much of its original radicalism. One of the reasons her pronouncements on the subject remain challenging is that her reflections on the status of the female sex were part of an attempt to come to a comprehensive understanding of human relations within a civilization increasingly governed by acquisitiveness and consumption. Her first publication was on the education of daughters; she went on...

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Religious Daoism

[New Entry by Fabrizio Pregadio on August 19, 2016.] It has become a sinological dogma to distinguish between the so-called Taoist school (Daojia), said to have produced the classical mystical texts
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[New Entry by Fabrizio Pregadio on August 19, 2016.] It has become a sinological dogma to distinguish between the so-called Taoist school (Daojia), said to have produced the classical mystical texts ..., and the so-called Taoist religion (Daojiao), often said to have begun in the Later Han period [i.e., the 1st - 2nd centuries CE]. The successive Daozang [Daoist Canons] never made this distinction. When we look at the way the terms Daojia and Daojiao occur in the texts preserved in the Ming Canon [published in 1445], we see...

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Was the <strong>Holocaust</strong>&nbsp;a single event or a post-hoc label for disparate events? The reality seems to be a strange mixture of intent and improvisation

Was the Holocaust&amp;nbsp;a single event or a post-hoc label for disparate events? The reality seems to be a strange mixture of intent and
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Was the Holocaust a single event or a post-hoc label for disparate events? The reality seems to be a strange mixture of intent and improvisation

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