Lost in translation

You think translation is a straightforward task? It isn’t. And too often the aim is easy consumption by the reader. Lost is anything foreign or unsettling…
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You think translation is a straightforward task? It isn’t. And too often the aim is easy consumption by the reader. Lost is anything foreign or unsettling… more»

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State is bad for culture

Matthew Arnold is best remembered as an elitist scold or a much-needed defender of high culture. He was both, but neither explains his legacy…
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Matthew Arnold is best remembered as an elitist scold or a much-needed defender of high culture. He was both, but neither explains his legacy… more»

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Shakespeare’s scholar tramp

The celebrated Shakespearean James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips dressed like a tramp and lived in the woods, where he hoarded rare objects of the Bard…
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The celebrated Shakespearean James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips dressed like a tramp and lived in the woods, where he hoarded rare objects of the Bard… more»

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Registration now open for Conference on “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne” Sept 25-27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” a conference to be held at Purdue University, September 25-27, 2014.  Details about
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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” a conference to be held at Purdue University, September 25-27, 2014.  Details about registration, lodging, and the schedule of events can be found online at the conference website (www.conf.purdue.edu/swinburne).  We encourage you to register for your hotel room…

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Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law

2014.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claudia Blöser, Mikael Janvid, Hannes Ole Matthiessen, and Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge,
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2014.04.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Claudia Blöser, Mikael Janvid, Hannes Ole Matthiessen, and Marcus Willaschek (eds.), Defeasibility in Philosophy: Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law, Rodopi, 2013, 257pp., $78.40 (pbk), ISBN 9789042037618. Reviewed by Matthew Lister, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit This volume is based on papers presented at a conference on defeasibility in ethics, epistemology, law, and logic that took place at the Goethe University in Frankfurt in 2010. The subtitle (“Knowledge, Agency, Responsibility, and the Law”) better reflects the content than does the title of the original conference. None of the papers focuses directly or primarily on defeasible reasoning in logic, though a few touch on this indirectly. Nor are the papers evenly split among the topics. Six are primarily about epistemology, four about responsibility, and one each focuses on agency and the law. This. . .

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Possibility of self-sacrifice

Living—and dying—for a cause. For a poet, for a suffragette, and for Socrates, self-sacrifice was a principled last act. But what does it actually mean?…
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Living—and dying—for a cause. For a poet, for a suffragette, and for Socrates, self-sacrifice was a principled last act. But what does it actually mean?… more»

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New academic celebrity

Theory-heads are so passé. Now the academic celebrities are upbeat neuroscientists and the like, preaching on the TED-talk “ideas” circuit…
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Theory-heads are so passé. Now the academic celebrities are upbeat neuroscientists and the like, preaching on the TED-talk “ideas” circuit… more»

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Søren Kierkegaard in love

An engagement as binding as marriage. Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen never married; nevertheless, theirs was one of the great literary loves…
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An engagement as binding as marriage. Kierkegaard and Regine Olsen never married; nevertheless, theirs was one of the great literary loves… more»

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Blame

[New Entry by Neal Tognazzini and D. Justin Coates on April 15, 2014.] To blame someone is to respond in a particular way to something of negative normative significance about him or his behavior.
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[New Entry by Neal Tognazzini and D. Justin Coates on April 15, 2014.] To blame someone is to respond in a particular way to something of negative normative significance about him or his behavior. A paradigm case, perhaps, would be when one person wrongs another, and the latter responds with resentment and a verbal rebuke, but of course, we also blame others for their attitudes and characters (see, e.g., Smith 2005). Thus blaming scenarios typically involve a wide range of inward...

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IAI Video Debate: Did the Linguistic Turn Take Us Down the Wrong Path?

Watch an intriguing debate by top philosophers on how language relates to reality. John Searle, Hilary Lawson, and Michael Potter face each other in this epic war of words.

realityOur friends at The Institute of Art and Ideas have posted a new video debate on the philosophy of language. The panel includes John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawson and logician Michael Potter. Their website describes the debate as follows: Language has been the focus of philosophical enquiry for the last century. But was the 'linguistic turn' a wrong turn, leading to a barren discipline without 'real world' influence? Is it time for a fresh approach to the big issues, or would this be a capitulation to intellectual fantasy?

Check out the debate and visit IAI for more philosophical discussion.