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The weight of love: ‘love locks’ as emotional objects

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On the night of 8 June 2014, a section of the metal barrier on the Pont des Arts in Paris collapsed under the weight of thousands of padlocks which had been attached to it. Since the first decade of the twenty-first century, it has become increasingly common for famous (and sometimes less famous) bridges, and, increasingly, other monuments, to become encrusted with small padlocks in celebration of romantic love. The genesis of the practice is obscure, with a number of bridges claimed as the original site, but the ritual is generally consistent: an ordinary padlock is engraved or marked with the names or initials of a pair of lovers, and often a date. The lock is then attached to the structure of the bridge, and the key thrown into the water so that the unlockable padlock becomes a symbol of an enduring relationship. The practice of depositing these ‘love locks’, as they have become known, has parallels with much earlier rituals. As public performances of emotion, they resemble the. . .

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Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument, A Philosophical Inquiry

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2018.02.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert H. Myers and Claudine Verheggen, Donald Davidson's Triangulation Argument, A Philosophical Inquiry, Routledge, 2016, 214 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415710275. Reviewed by Pascal Engel, Ecole des Hautes Ètudes en Sciences Sociales Towards the end of his philosophical career, Donald Davidson put much emphasis on what he called "triangulation", the thesis that only someone who has interacted linguistically with another person and the world they share could have language and objective thought. Davidson tended to reformulate a number of his doctrines, in particular about the nature of interpretation, in terms of this triangulation argument (henceforth "TA") and drew a few striking consequences from it. First, he derived from TA an argument against skepticism: if a shared and public world is the precondition of all thought, and if belief by its very nature is veridical, then skepticism is undercut.. . .

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Giacomo Zabarella

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[Revised entry by Heikki Mikkeli on February 13, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Giacomo (Jacopo) Zabarella (b. 1533 in Padua, d. 1589 in Padua) is considered the prime representative of Renaissance Italian Aristotelianism. Known most of all for his writings on logic and methodology, Zabarella was an alumnus of the University of Padua, where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy. Throughout his teaching career at his native university, he also taught philosophy of nature and science of the soul (De anima). Among his main works are...

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Japanese Confucian Philosophy

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[Revised entry by John Tucker on February 13, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In Japan, Confucianism stands, along with Buddhism, as a major religio-philosophical teaching introduced from the larger Asian cultural arena at the dawn of civilization in Japanese history, roughly the mid-sixth century. Unlike Buddhism which ultimately hailed from India, Confucianism was first and foremost a distinctly Chinese teaching. It spread, however, from Han dynasty China, into Korea, and then later entered Japan via, for the most part, the Korean peninsula. In significant respects, then, Confucianism is the intellectual force defining much of the East Asian identity of Japan, especially in relation to philosophical thought and practice. While there is a religious dimension to Confucianism, its teachings - ethical, epistemological, metaphysical, political, and aesthetic - are typically understood in relation to the socio-political world of humanity, beginning with the individual and. . .

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Corporal Punishment: A Philosophical Assessment

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2018.02.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Patrick Lenta, Corporal Punishment: A Philosophical Assessment, Routledge, 2018, 239pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138079991. Reviewed by Geoffrey Scarre, Durham University "Beating," wrote Locke at the turn of the eighteenth century, "and all other sorts of slavish and corporal punishments, are not the discipline fit to be used in the education of those we would have wise, good, and ingenuous men."[1] Patrick Lenta agrees, finding it unacceptable that in the twenty-first century there are still "reasonable people who consider the corporal punishment of children permissible" (12). The "over-arching ambition" of the present book is to persuade them to change their minds. In this highly readable study, Lenta presents a powerful moral critique of corporal punishment, supporting his philosophical arguments with a range of empirical studies by psychologists and social scientists on the effects of... Read More

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