<strong>Thoreau and mortality</strong>. His brother&rsquo;s death drove him to science &mdash; even ornithology &mdash; in an ontological quest

Thoreau and mortality. His brother&amp;rsquo;s death drove him to science &amp;mdash; even ornithology &amp;mdash; in an ontological
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Thoreau and mortality. His brother’s death drove him to science — even ornithology — in an ontological quest

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Fundraising effort to support fired faculty at Mount St. Mary’s

As I&#160;discussed&#160;earlier, two faculty members at Mount St. Mary&amp;#8217;s University in Maryland were fired earlier this week for &amp;#8220;disloyalty&amp;#8221; to the institution. For the latest on this
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As I discussed earlier, two faculty members at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland were fired earlier this week for “disloyalty” to the institution. For the latest on this story, use the Google. Nearly 8,000 academics have signed a statement of protest calling for the faculty to be reinstated. What’s needed now are contributions to a fundraising effort to help cover their legal fees. To contribute please visit gofund.me/mountfaculty. As Brian Leiter observes, part of why this effort is so important is that a strong showing here could scare the university into backing down on their own. It will also send a message to administrators elsewhere that this sort of thing will not be allowed to stand. Note also that excess contributions will be donated to Bottom Line, Inc. (http://www.bottomline.org/), a charity devoted to helping disadvantaged college students get in to college, graduate, and go far in life.

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Skepticism in Latin America

[New Entry by Pl&#237;nio Junqueira Smith and Ot&#225;vio Bueno on February 12, 2016.] This entry examines the development and impact of the study of philosophical skepticism throughout Latin America. It
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[New Entry by Plínio Junqueira Smith and Otávio Bueno on February 12, 2016.] This entry examines the development and impact of the study of philosophical skepticism throughout Latin America. It also highlights some significant trends and important contributions made to this venerable tradition by a number of Latin American philosophers. Skepticism is a philosophical activity of investigation characterized by the notion of suspension of judgment. Whereas dogmatists affirm or...

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Lying despite telling the truth

In their inspiring paper, Angelo and John Turri (Cognition 2015; Post on this blog) presented empirical evidence for the claim that lying requires falsity (“objective view”). In our paper, we argue
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In their  inspiring paper, Angelo and John Turri (Cognition 2015; Post on this blog) presented empirical evidence for the claim that lying requires falsity (“objective view”). In our paper, we argue that the presented evidence might be consistent with the standard subjective view (not requiring falsity) if conversational pragmatics is taken into account (Paper). We used the same scenario as Turri and Turri and replicated, amongst others, their finding of their second Experiment. Here is the scenario, the question mode, and the results:Jacob’s friend Mary recently posted information on the internet that will alert the public to serious government corruption. Soon some federal agents visit Jacob and ask where Mary is in order to detain her. Jacob thinks that Mary is at her brother’s house, so he tells the agents, ‘‘She is at the grocery store.’’ In fact, Mary is at the grocery store.Choose the option that better describes Jacob in the story. When Jacob spoke to the agents about Mary’s. . .

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Registration Open: Experimental Philosophy as Applied Philosophy

23-24th April 2016, University of Reading Full details including how to register and information about accessibility at the conference website. This is the 7th Annual conference of Experimental
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23-24th April 2016, University of Reading Full details including how to register and information about accessibility at the conference website. This is the 7th Annual conference of Experimental Philosophy UK & 2016 Ratio Conference. Here's a list of presenters and titles. Thanks are due to Analysis Trust and to Society for Applied Philosophy for their support.  

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On Inequality

2016.02.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Harry G. Frankfurt, On Inequality, Princeton University Press, 2015, 120pp., $14.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691167145. Reviewed by
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2016.02.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Harry G. Frankfurt, On Inequality, Princeton University Press, 2015, 120pp., $14.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780691167145. Reviewed by Paul Weithman, University of Notre Dame In 2005, Harry G. Frankfurt published On Bullshit, which was a revised version of a previously published essay of the same name. Ten years later, he returned to his reservoir of previously published papers and issued On Inequality, which brings together slightly revised versions of "Economic Equality as a Moral Ideal" -- originally just "Equality as a Moral Ideal" -- and "Equality and Respect", published in 1987 and 1997 respectively. Some readers will wish that the essays had been updated to take account of literature on equality that has appeared in the meantime. But publication of the book was well timed to tap into the increasing interest in inequality among philosophers and economists, as well as in popular political culture. Online searches. . .

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In which a critic reacts to a book with such intense antipathy that he decides he must <strong>meet the author</strong>. "I wanted to understand who he is and why he wrote this&rdquo;

In which a critic reacts to a book with such intense antipathy that he decides he must meet the author. &quot;I wanted to understand who he is and why he wrote
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In which a critic reacts to a book with such intense antipathy that he decides he must meet the author. "I wanted to understand who he is and why he wrote this”

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Dismissing art as &ldquo;pretentious" often reveals the accuser&rsquo;s own <strong>anti-intellectual snobbery</strong>. Ambitious art merits better treatment

Dismissing art as &amp;ldquo;pretentious&quot; often reveals the accuser&amp;rsquo;s own anti-intellectual snobbery. Ambitious art merits better
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Dismissing art as “pretentious" often reveals the accuser’s own anti-intellectual snobbery. Ambitious art merits better treatment

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The future belongs to <strong>automated, error-free prose</strong>, no stylistic vampirism, clich&eacute;d characters, or shopworn narrative devices

The future belongs to automated, error-free prose, no stylistic vampirism, clich&amp;eacute;d characters, or shopworn narrative
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The future belongs to automated, error-free prose, no stylistic vampirism, clichéd characters, or shopworn narrative devices

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The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

2016.02.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lucio Cortella, The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel&#39;s Philosophy of Right, Giacomo Donis (tr.), SUNY Press,
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2016.02.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lucio Cortella, The Ethics of Democracy: A Contemporary Reading of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Giacomo Donis (tr.), SUNY Press, 2015, 215pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438457536. Reviewed by Lydia L. Moland, Colby College That democracy is the best form of government has, since Hegel's time, become an almost unquestioned assumption in political philosophy. Hegel's opposition to direct democracy seems then to put him squarely on the wrong side of history, forcing sympathetic interpreters either to defend or discount this unfortunate choice. Lucio Cortella's book is a welcome addition to this debate.[1] Cortella argues that there is still much in Hegel's theory to recommend it: he belongs, then, to the group of scholars who attempt to reform Hegel's philosophy in the hopes that it can be better applied. In pursuit of this goal, Cortella is not content to suggest minor amendments to Hegel's system; his goal is. . .

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