Libertarians like genre fiction but tend to ignore romance novels. Want to understand the importance of work and free markets? <strong>Crack open a bodice-ripper</strong>

Libertarians like genre fiction but tend to ignore romance novels. Want to understand the importance of work and free markets? Crack open a
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Libertarians like genre fiction but tend to ignore romance novels. Want to understand the importance of work and free markets? Crack open a bodice-ripper

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The strange <strong>prestige of exhaustion</strong>. From popes to poets, having an exhausted mind has long been both a weakness and a badge of honor. Why?

The strange prestige of exhaustion. From popes to poets, having an exhausted mind has long been both a weakness and a badge of honor.
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The strange prestige of exhaustion. From popes to poets, having an exhausted mind has long been both a weakness and a badge of honor. Why?

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<strong>H.L. Mencken</strong>, who died 60 years ago, was irritable, unpredictable, bigoted, brilliant &mdash; and as relevant as ever

H.L. Mencken, who died 60 years ago, was irritable, unpredictable, bigoted, brilliant &amp;mdash; and as relevant as
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H.L. Mencken, who died 60 years ago, was irritable, unpredictable, bigoted, brilliant — and as relevant as ever

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Meta-metaphysics: On Metaphysical Equivalence, Primitiveness, and Theory Choice

2016.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jiri Benovsky, Meta-metaphysics: On Metaphysical Equivalence, Primitiveness, and Theory Choice, Springer, 2016, 135pp., $129.00
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2016.07.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jiri Benovsky, Meta-metaphysics: On Metaphysical Equivalence, Primitiveness, and Theory Choice, Springer, 2016, 135pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9783319253329. Reviewed by Tuomas E. Tahko, University of Helsinki Jiri Benovsky's book continues the recent methodological trend in analytic metaphysics. This area of research is typically labelled 'meta-metaphysics' or 'metaontology'.[1] But as is typical of much of the work in this area, Benovsky's book also discusses a number of first order issues in metaphysics, such as bundle theory, endurantism and perdurantism, and presentism and eternalism. Accordingly, the book should be of interest to those who work in these areas as well. The book is short but dense. Previous familiarity with the relevant metaphysical theories is certainly required to fully appreciate it since there are no needless repetitions or lengthy introductions in it. I consider this a virtue,. . .

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Philosophical Issues in Quantum Theory

[New Entry by Wayne Myrvold on July 25, 2016.] This article is an overview of the philosophical issues raised by quantum theory, intended as a pointer to the more in-depth treatments of other
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[New Entry by Wayne Myrvold on July 25, 2016.] This article is an overview of the philosophical issues raised by quantum theory, intended as a pointer to the more in-depth treatments of other entries in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy....

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Divisive Obama

One of the relentless talking points of conservative pundits and many Republicans is that Obama is divisive. Perhaps even the most divisive president in American history. It is, in fact, a common
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One of the relentless talking points of conservative pundits and many Republicans is that Obama is divisive. Perhaps even the most divisive president in American history. It is, in fact, a common practice to engage in a point-by-point analysis of Obama’s alleged divisiveness. As should be expected, supporters of Obama deny that he is divisive; or at least claim he is not the most divisive president. It is almost certainly pointless to try to argue about the issue of whether Obama is divisive or not. Since this is a matter of political identity, the vast majority of people cannot be influenced by any amount of evidence or argumentation against their position. However, one of the purposes of philosophy is the rational assessment of beliefs even when doing so will convince no one to change their views. That said, this endeavor is not pointless: while I do not expect to change any hearts (for this is a matter of feeling and not reason) it is still worthwhile to advance our understanding. . .

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&ldquo;Never underestimate the willingness of a man to believe flattering things about himself,&rdquo; said Paul Samuelson. Just ask a success about <strong>luck's role in life</strong>

&amp;ldquo;Never underestimate the willingness of a man to believe flattering things about himself,&amp;rdquo; said Paul Samuelson. Just ask a success about luck&#39;s role in
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“Never underestimate the willingness of a man to believe flattering things about himself,” said Paul Samuelson. Just ask a success about luck's role in life

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Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness

2016.07.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Coates and Sam Coleman (eds.), Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2015,
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2016.07.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Coates and Sam Coleman (eds.), Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2015, 435pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712718. Reviewed by Brian Cutter, University of Notre Dame Phenomenal qualities can be understood, roughly and intuitively, as the qualities associated with a conscious state that constitute "what it's like" to be in that state. Many of the enduring questions in philosophy of mind are about phenomenal qualities. For example, one dimension of the mind-body problem is the problem of integrating phenomenal qualities into the picture of reality presented by the physical sciences. Phenomenal qualities also take center stage in the philosophy of perception. Are sensory colors objective properties of external surfaces, or properties of inner states or sense data that we erroneously project onto external objects? Must a sensory quality be instantiated. . .

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Whether his strange blend of fact and fiction elicits delight, astonishment, or boredom -- or all three -- give <strong>Geoff Dyer</strong> his due: He's an original

Whether his strange blend of fact and fiction elicits delight, astonishment, or boredom -- or all three -- give Geoff Dyer his due: He&#39;s an
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Whether his strange blend of fact and fiction elicits delight, astonishment, or boredom -- or all three -- give Geoff Dyer his due: He's an original

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You can&rsquo;t weigh, record, or export it. You can&rsquo;t eat it, collect it, or give it away. But in a noisy world, <strong>silence sells.</strong> Just ask Finland

You can&amp;rsquo;t weigh, record, or export it. You can&amp;rsquo;t eat it, collect it, or give it away. But in a noisy world, silence sells. Just ask
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You can’t weigh, record, or export it. You can’t eat it, collect it, or give it away. But in a noisy world, silence sells. Just ask Finland

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