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How Colours Matter to Philosophy

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2018.06.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Marcos Silva (ed.), How Colours Matter to Philosophy, Springer, 2017, 317pp., $139.99, ISBN 9783319673974. Reviewed by Dimitria Electra Gatzia, The University of Akron This volume is ambitious with respect to both number of contributions and scope: there are 18 papers, which cover a wide variety of topics within metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, logic, mathematics, and aesthetics. The book has three parts: (i) history of philosophy, (ii) aesthetics and philosophy of mind, and (iii) philosophy of language and logic, although there is a nice overlap among these areas. Unlike other anthologies on colour (e.g., Readings on Color by Alex Byrne and David Hilbert, 1996), which survey primarily empirically based philosophy of colour and colour science, this volume is all-encompassing. Various themes extend across the analytic and continental traditions. This approach vindicates Wittgenstein's remark. . .

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Plato's Moral Psychology

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2018.06.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rachana Kamtekar, Plato's Moral Psychology, Oxford University Press, 2017, 231pp., $55.00, ISBN 9780198798446. Reviewed by A. W. Price, Birkbeck, University of London Rachana Kamtekar has already won a niche for herself through a series of articles on Plato that are not only ingenious and original (as is now de rigueur, and often enough achieved), but also genuinely perceptive. This, her first book, pursues a seminal idea through a plurality of Platonic dialogues. An introduction helpfully highlights what is central and salient, and outlines what is to come; later résumés keep the reader on track. The result should enhance anyone's appreciation and enjoyment of these familiar yet elusive texts. (I shall spice the plainness of my summaries by some dissentient musings. These should prove that the book lacks any dormitive power, and should not be read as qualifying my appreciation of it. In... Read. . .

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Kafka's The Trial: Philosophical Perspectives

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2018.06.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Espen Hammer (ed.), Kafka's The Trial: Philosophical Perspectives, Oxford University Press, 2018, 312pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780190461447. Reviewed by Rafe McGregor, Leeds Trinity University This is the third in the Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature series, following Shakespeare's Hamlet (edited by Tzachi Zamir) and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (edited by Kristin Gjesda), both published earlier this year. The anthology is edited by Espen Hammer, who has published extensively on German philosophy and the work of Theodor Adorno and of Stanley Cavell. Hammer's contribution includes the introduction as well as one of the nine essays on The Trial, which was first published as Der Proceß in 1925, a year after Kafka's death. The former introduces Kafka, the curious history of the novel, its subject and themes, the context of its admission to the canon, and its legacy for literature, philosophy, and cinema.. . .

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Does God Matter? Essays on the Axiological Consequences of Theism

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2018.06.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Klaas J. Kraay (ed.), Does God Matter? Essays on the Axiological Consequences of Theism, Routledge, 2018, 228 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415793513. Reviewed by David Johnson, Yeshiva University These authors are generally careful about definitions, and about side-stepping somehow the issue of the vacuous truth of counterfactuals having impossible antecedents. I have very little space, so I won't be careful about either of these things. Let's just say that pro-theism says that it's a good thing to have God around, anti-theism says it's a bad thing, and the book is mostly about which view is correct. Setting aside the completely trivial arguments, all of the more substantive and important arguments (all the arguments, I think, which might have any tendency to alarm anyone) are imperfect beings. Erik J. Wielenberg ("The Absurdity of Life in a Christian Universe as a Reason to Prefer that God... . . .

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IFL2 Chapters 18 to 20: Propositional truth trees

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Back then to the excitements of the second edition of An Introduction to Formal Logic. I have been revising the revisions of the chapters on propositional trees. I’ve streamlined the presentation, and some material is relegated to an online Appendix (yet to come). So there are now three short chapters, just 26 pages plus 3 pages of Exercises (also yet to come), as opposed to four chapters and 39 pages in the first edition. I do hope the result is still a very clear introduction to the truth-tree method. All comments and/or corrections (either here or to the email address in the watermarked header) are as always most welcome. The post IFL2 Chapters 18 to 20: Propositional truth trees appeared first on Logic Matters.

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French Anglicisms: An ever-changing linguistic case

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English loanwords have been pushing their way into languages worldwide at an increasing rate, but no language has a history of national resistance as staunch as French. In France where language is an affair of state, opposition to Anglicisms, fronted by the Académie française, is explicitly linguistic (Anglicisms are superfluous and faddish items which must be replaced by French words) and implicitly political (Anglicisms are imports from the hegemonic United States, and the donor status of English exists at the expense of French). Whether polluters or occupiers, they are nevertheless before all new words that augment the lexicon, often for the short term and sometimes for the long term. The escalating global influence of English raises the issue of novel and deeper contact outcomes that go beyond well-known cultural loans (le Big Mac) and computer and Internet terminology (le big data). The latest period of vigorous contact beginning in the 1990s has its own complex linguistic. . .

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