The Believers

The God conversation. Intellectuals overemphasize lofty theological impulses, while slighting the day-to-day comforts that keep religion relevant…
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The Paranoid Logic of Censorship

Readers are dupes. That’s the paranoid logic of censorship. Literature incites, implores, proselytizes, disrespects – just as it should…
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Readers are dupes. That’s the paranoid logic of censorship. Literature incites, implores, proselytizes, disrespects – just as it should… more»

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Rock Stars’ Ex-Lovers

To survive as the wife or girlfriend of a rock star, a woman must cultivate a strange combination of poise, glamour, and willful self-obliteration…
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To survive as the wife or girlfriend of a rock star, a woman must cultivate a strange combination of poise, glamour, and willful self-obliteration… more»

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Being Realistic About Reasons

2014.07.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. M. Scanlon, Being Realistic About Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2014, 132pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199678488.
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2014.07.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. M. Scanlon, Being Realistic About Reasons, Oxford University Press, 2014, 132pp., $29.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780199678488. Reviewed by Bruce Russell, Wayne State University If there are footprints in the sand at the water's edge, there is reason to believe that someone recently walked along the beach. There is reason to want to live a long, happy, and productive life. There is reason to feel sad if someone you love has died. There is reason to have a doctor set your broken arm. There is reason to save a drowning child if you are a good swimmer and to relieve a child's suffering if you can. There are reasons to believe, to desire, to feel, and to act. That is what normativity is about: reasons. And what are reasons? Tim Scanlon is famous for his insight that reasons are considerations that count in favor of something (see, p.... Read More

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Hermeneutics and Reflection: Heidegger and Husserl on the Concept of Phenomenology

2014.07.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Hermeneutics and Reflection: Heidegger and Husserl on the Concept of Phenomenology, Kenneth Maly
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2014.07.35 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Hermeneutics and Reflection: Heidegger and Husserl on the Concept of Phenomenology, Kenneth Maly (tr.), Toronto University Press, 2103. xxx + 152pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781442640092. Reviewed by Thomas Nenon, University of Memphis This book consists of three essays in which the author presents Heidegger's "hermeneutic phenomenology" (in contrast to what he calls Husserl's "reflective phenomenology"), as developed in two early lecture courses that have now been published as Volumes 56/56[1] and 17[2] of the Gesamtausgabe and in §7 of Being and Time[3]. The first, by far the longest, essay is a reading of the 1919 lecture course; the second relies on the 1923/24 lectures; the third is an interpretation and commentary on the Heidegger's well-known description of phenomenology in the "Introduction" to BT. In each of these essays, the guiding theme is the contrast between. . .

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Evidence

[Revised entry by Thomas Kelly on July 28, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] For my own part, I think that if one were looking for a single phrase to capture the stage to
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[Revised entry by Thomas Kelly on July 28, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] For my own part, I think that if one were looking for a single phrase to capture the stage to which philosophy has progressed, 'the study of evidence' would be a better choice than 'the study of language'. - A.J. Ayer, Philosophy in the Twentieth Century...

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18th Century German Philosophy Prior to Kant

[Revised entry by Brigitte Sassen on July 28, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] In Germany, the eighteenth century was the age of enlightenment, the age, that is, that called for the independence of
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[Revised entry by Brigitte Sassen on July 28, 2014. Changes to: Bibliography] In Germany, the eighteenth century was the age of enlightenment, the age, that is, that called for the independence of reason. Although the ethos of this age found its clearest (and certainly its most famous) articulation towards the end of the century with Immanuel Kant and his...

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The Sharing Economy III: Resources (Human & Other)

In my previous two essays I wrote about the new sharing economy, focusing on regulations and taxes. In this essay I will cover resources (human and other). As noted in the previous two essays, the
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Olathe Human Resources (Photo credit: City of Olathe, KS) In my previous two essays I wrote about the new sharing economy, focusing on regulations and taxes. In this essay I will cover resources (human and other). As noted in the previous two essays, the new sharing economy is exemplified by companies such as Uber and Airbnb that serve to organize transactions between individuals. In the case of Uber, people can serve as drivers for Uber selling rides in their own cars—without (as of this writing) all the usual costs and regulations of operating a cab. In the case of Airbnb, people can rent out property and (as of this writing) generally avoid the usual regulation and taxes associated with running a hotel. For the people providing the goods and services, the new sharing economy makes it easier for people to make money. In general, the new sharing economy involves three parties. The first is the person who provides the actual good (apartment, for example) or service (a ride to the. . .

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Addiction and Weakness of Will

2014.07. : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lubomira Radoilska, Addiction and Weakness of Will, Oxford University Press, 2013, 148pp., $59.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199641963.
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2014.07. : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lubomira Radoilska, Addiction and Weakness of Will, Oxford University Press, 2013, 148pp., $59.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199641963. Reviewed by Neil Levy, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health/Oxford Centre for Neuroethics This book is published in Oxford University Press's International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry series, which may lead the reader to expect it to be concerned with addiction as a psychiatric problem and to engage with the large body of clinical and empirical work on the topic. That expectation would be disappointed: Lubomira Radoilska is interested in addiction only insofar as it serves to illustrate problems arising when agents fail to act as they judge they ought. Indeed, there is relatively little discussion of addiction in the book, and when it does appear it is in the guise of literary accounts, which almost certainly depart significantly from the reality of addiction. . .

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Kingdom of William T. Vollmann

Sex workers, snipers, silver-gelatin photos: The creepy, fascinating, and remarkably prolific life of William T. Vollmann…
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Sex workers, snipers, silver-gelatin photos: The creepy, fascinating, and remarkably prolific life of William T. Vollmann… more»

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