<strong>A tale of two architects</strong>. Frank Lloyd Wright, genius; Philip Johnson, highbrow aesthete. How were they rivals when one so eclipsed the other?

A tale of two architects. Frank Lloyd Wright, genius; Philip Johnson, highbrow aesthete. How were they rivals when one so eclipsed the
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A tale of two architects. Frank Lloyd Wright, genius; Philip Johnson, highbrow aesthete. How were they rivals when one so eclipsed the other?

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Kant declared fashion "foolish." To Kierkegaard, outer garments kept us from ascertaining inner truth. But <strong>clothes are a form of thought</strong>, freighted with meaning

Kant declared fashion &quot;foolish.&quot; To Kierkegaard, outer garments kept us from ascertaining inner truth. But clothes are a form of thought, freighted with
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Kant declared fashion "foolish." To Kierkegaard, outer garments kept us from ascertaining inner truth. But clothes are a form of thought, freighted with meaning

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Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment

2016.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ryu Susato, Hume&#39;s Sceptical Enlightenment, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 348pp., $130.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748699803.
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2016.05.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ryu Susato, Hume's Sceptical Enlightenment, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, 348pp., $130.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748699803. Reviewed by Angela Coventry and Alex Sager, Portland State University David Hume's social and political philosophy has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, in part due to the recognition that his approach presents a developed, viable alternative to the dominant Kantian tradition and in part due to increased scholarly engagement with the resources that his History of England offers for his social and political thought. In the last ten years we have had Neil McArthur's David Hume's Political Theory (2007), Russell Hardin's David Hume: Moral and Political Theorist (2007), Andrew Sabl's Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the "History of England" (2012), and Mark Spencer's David Hume and Eighteenth Century America (2010) -- not to mention Deirdre McCloskey's trilogy The Bourgeois. . .

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How to be good

Recently philosophers and scientists have tried to identify how to make the world better by making people more likely to do good rather than evil. This same problem has also faced those interested
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‘How to be good?’ is the pre-eminent question for ethics, although one that philosophers and ethicists seldom address head on. It was the question Plato posed in a slightly different form in The Republic when he said, “We are discussing no trivial subject, but how a man should live.” Marcus Aurelius thought he knew the answer. When he unequivocally stated in his Meditations “A King’s lot: to do good and be damned.” He was himself a king and ruled almost all of the world that was known to him. He could with impunity both do good and be damned. Edward Gibbon famously remarked that “If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the human race was most happy and prosperous he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.” Marcus Aurelius, the father of Commodus ruled for the last 19 years of this period. Recently philosophers and scientists have tried to identify how to make the. . .

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Pierce Interviewed by Tremain at Discrimination & Disadvantage

Our own Bryony Pierce has been interviewed by Shelley Lynn Tremain over at Discrimination and Disadvantage. There is a lot of discussion about experimental philosophy as well as a number of other
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Our own Bryony Pierce has been interviewed by Shelley Lynn Tremain over at Discrimination and Disadvantage. There is a lot of discussion about experimental philosophy as well as a number of other interesting issues (both philosophical and autobiographical).  So, go check it out!

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English departments are always in search of the next big theory -- structuralism, ecocriticism, evolutionary criticism. Now it's <strong>digital humanities</strong>

English departments are always in search of the next big theory -- structuralism, ecocriticism, evolutionary criticism. Now it&#39;s digital
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English departments are always in search of the next big theory -- structuralism, ecocriticism, evolutionary criticism. Now it's digital humanities

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The <strong>Romanovs</strong> ruled for 304 years, a reign that was particularly bleak for women yet great for female rulers

The Romanovs ruled for 304 years, a reign that was particularly bleak for women yet great for female
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The Romanovs ruled for 304 years, a reign that was particularly bleak for women yet great for female rulers

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Inside the thrilling, heretical world of <strong>Albert Murray</strong>. He celebrated the jazzman and black equality. He was also a genuine elitist

Inside the thrilling, heretical world of Albert Murray. He celebrated the jazzman and black equality. He was also a genuine
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Inside the thrilling, heretical world of Albert Murray. He celebrated the jazzman and black equality. He was also a genuine elitist

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The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible

2016.05.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rivka Weinberg, The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible, Oxford University Press, 2016, 263pp.,
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2016.05.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rivka Weinberg, The Risk of a Lifetime: How, When, and Why Procreation May Be Permissible, Oxford University Press, 2016, 263pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190243708. Reviewed by David A. Jensen, Brigham Young University Rivka Weinberg argues for a conservative position on the moral permissibility of procreation, albeit with some surprising applications. But the journey to this position is a well-argued, insightful, and lively discussion of the issues surrounding this underappreciated topic. The author considers procreation a risk -- primarily for the person who is procreated -- and establishes the motive that both justifies and explains procreation: the desire to engage in a relationship of parental responsibility for another. That responsibility, Weinberg argues, is incurred by means of a "hazmat theory of parental responsibility." Using this theory of parental responsibility, she considers both extremes on. . .

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Virginia Woolf thought the <strong>Bront&euml;s' social isolation</strong> &mdash; not to mention their knitting and piano playing &mdash; enfeebled their true genius. The opposite is closer to the truth

Virginia Woolf thought the Bront&amp;euml;s&#39; social isolation &amp;mdash; not to mention their knitting and piano playing &amp;mdash; enfeebled their true genius. The opposite is closer to the
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Virginia Woolf thought the Brontës' social isolation — not to mention their knitting and piano playing — enfeebled their true genius. The opposite is closer to the truth

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