Who killed Van Gogh?

The case for Van Gogh’s suicide is tarnished by bad history, bad psychology, and bad forensics. So if he didn’t shoot himself, who did?…
The case for Van Gogh’s suicide is tarnished by bad history, bad psychology, and bad forensics. So if he didn’t shoot himself, who did?… [More]

Sympathy for censorship

East German censors saw their role as enabling literature, not suppressing it. That’s not to say, of course, that texts weren’t rejected as “late bourgeois”…
East German censors saw their role as enabling literature, not suppressing it. That’s not to say, of course, that texts weren’t rejected as “late bourgeois”… [More]

Medieval Theories of Obligationes

[Revised entry by Paul Vincent Spade and Mikko Yrjönsuuri on November 18, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Obligationes (literally, "obligations") or disputations de
[Revised entry by Paul Vincent Spade and Mikko Yrjönsuuri on November 18, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Obligationes (literally, "obligations") or disputations de [More]

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  Princeton University - University Center for
Job List:  Americas Name of institution:  Princeton University - University Center for [More]

Health Improvement vs. Treatment

Appeals to quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) in medical resource allocation decisions are naturally supported by a broadly utilitarian view of the role of health institutions, i.e. as having the
Appeals to quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) in medical resource allocation decisions are naturally supported by a broadly utilitarian view of the role of health institutions, i.e. as having the [More]

Scepticism and Perceptual Justification

2014.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dylan Dodd and Elia Zardini (eds.), Scepticism and Perceptual Justification, Oxford University Press, 2014, 363pp., $74.00 (hbk),
2014.11.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dylan Dodd and Elia Zardini (eds.), Scepticism and Perceptual Justification, Oxford University Press, 2014, 363pp., $74.00 (hbk), [More]

Invention of the Jewish Nose

Whether tapered, snout-like, or hooked, the Jewish nose displays a remarkably diverse history in Christian art…
Whether tapered, snout-like, or hooked, the Jewish nose displays a remarkably diverse history in Christian art… [More]

Working On My Novel

It’s OK to say, “I’m working on a novel”; it’s inadvisable to say, “I’m working on my novel.” The distinction interesting, but is it an art project?…
It’s OK to say, “I’m working on a novel”; it’s inadvisable to say, “I’m working on my novel.” The distinction interesting, but is it an art project?… [More]

Eternal Youth, Eternal Kitsch

Few things are as melancholy, as bittersweet, as freighted with mortality as an inscription in an old book no longer owned by the dedicatee…
Few things are as melancholy, as bittersweet, as freighted with mortality as an inscription in an old book no longer owned by the dedicatee… [More]

Defaults in Semantics and Pragmatics

[Revised entry by Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt on November 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The term 'default meaning' is used in a variety of ways in the literature, including
[Revised entry by Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt on November 17, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The term 'default meaning' is used in a variety of ways in the literature, including [More]