Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims

2014.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krista Lawlor, Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims, Oxford University Press, 2013, 231pp., $65.00
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2014.09.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krista Lawlor, Assurance: An Austinian View of Knowledge and Knowledge Claims, Oxford University Press, 2013, 231pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199657896. Reviewed by Rebecca Kukla, Georgetown University Krista Lawlor takes up many of the core problems in the theory of knowledge -- how to respond to skepticism, how to account for probabilistic and inductive knowledge, how practical interests impact epistemic status, and so forth -- through the lens of her pragmatic and semantic analysis of knowledge claims, or 'assurances.' She frames the book by taking assurances as a class of speech acts with a distinctive role in both epistemology and conversational pragmatics. Her analysis is heavily rooted in Austin's account of assuring, and in an Austinian approach to language more generally. Her basic thesis is that "the function of assurance is to give hearers exclusionary reasons" (19); that is, assuring is designed. . .

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Feminism Unfinished

We think of feminism as having unfolded in “waves” – first, second, and so on. Now it unfolds in hashtags, more identity than politics…
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We think of feminism as having unfolded in “waves” – first, second, and so on. Now it unfolds in hashtags, more identity than politics… more»

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My Own Nothingness

According to Aristotle, to understand something we must grasp what it is not. We must come to terms with nothingness. But how?…
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According to Aristotle, to understand something we must grasp what it is not. We must come to terms with nothingness. But how?… more»

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What Jeff Koons has wrought

Jeff Koons is an entrepreneur, not an artist. A Wall Street guy who forever changed the art world. His formula for success: size + garishness = big money…
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Jeff Koons is an entrepreneur, not an artist. A Wall Street guy who forever changed the art world. His formula for success: size + garishness = big money… more»

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Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

2014.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Blackburn, Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, Princeton University Press, 2014, 209pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Simon Blackburn, Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love, Princeton University Press, 2014, 209pp., $24.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691161426. Reviewed by Lorraine Besser-Jones, Middlebury College In his latest book, Simon Blackburn explores the different shapes and angles that fall under the umbrella of self-love. The topics he covers include self-esteem, pride, amour-propre, and integrity, and his treatment of these topics is engaging. Writing in his usual witty style, Blackburn weaves together insights from Greek mythology, popular culture, literature, and the history of philosophy to develop a remarkably seamless discussion. Over the course of the book, Blackburn presents a mitigated skepticism of the value of self-love. Self-love, he argues, is important when it is measured, and directed at one's genuine abilities, but self-love threatens to become over-bearing, particularly in a contemporary society. . .

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Unpatriotic Corporations & the Language Argument

In previous essays I have written about corporate personhood as well as corporate inversion.  Corporate inversion, briefly put, is when a corporation buys a foreign corporation and then “inverts”
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(Photo credit: Wikipedia) In previous essays I have written about corporate personhood as well as corporate inversion.  Corporate inversion, briefly put, is when a corporation buys a foreign corporation and then “inverts” ownership. For example, an American corporation like Burger King might buy a Canadian corporation and then move its corporate headquarters to Canada to take advantage of the lower tax rate. As might be imagined, some people have been rather critical of this practice. President Obama has even asserted that such corporations are unpatriotic. While listening to NPR a while back, I heard an interesting argument advanced by one of the guests. He began by noting how Mitt Romney had taken some flak for asserting that corporations are people. He then mentioned how Obama called the corporations that engage in corporate inversion unpatriotic. He then raised the point that criticizing corporations for being unpatriotic is to accept them as people. This does raise a somewhat. . .

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Obedient intellectuals

Dear intellectuals: You have a responsibility to speak truth and expose lies. You are failing. You are docile, cowed, and impotent. Best, Fred Inglis…
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Dear intellectuals: You have a responsibility to speak truth and expose lies. You are failing. You are docile, cowed, and impotent. Best, Fred Inglis… more»

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Instructions for intoxication

Winemaking has been revolutionized. Most everything being bottled is clean, fruity, smooth, easy to drink, and completely boring…
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Winemaking has been revolutionized. Most everything being bottled is clean, fruity, smooth, easy to drink, and completely boring… more»

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Latitudes of Acceptance

The scientific mood has soured. The emphasis is on taking down other scholars and falsifying results, not generating constructive ideas…
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The scientific mood has soured. The emphasis is on taking down other scholars and falsifying results, not generating constructive ideas… more»

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Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference Program 2014

Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference 2014 Sept. 19th & 20th, 2014 5th Floor, Clininal and Translational Research Center, University at Buffalo 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY Keynote
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Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference 2014Sept. 19th & 20th, 20145th Floor, Clininal and Translational Research Center, University at Buffalo875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NYKeynote Speakers:Jennifer Nagel (Toronto), "On the Boundary Between Philosophy and Psychology" John Turri (Waterloo), "A New Paradigm for Epistemology"Full ProgramFull Program with AbstractsInquiries: jakemona@buffalo.edu

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