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Flatterers and bletherskites

Almost exactly twelve years ago, on August 2, 2006 (see this post), when the world and this blog were much younger, I mentioned some problems pertaining to the etymology of the verb flatter. Since that time, I have written several posts on kl– and sl-words and discussed sound symbolism more than once. There is little […] The post Flatterers and bletherskites appeared first on [More]

Racial biases in academic knowledge

The word of racism evokes individual expressions of racial prejudice or one’s superiority over other races. An outrageous yet archetypical example is found in the recent racist tweets made by the President Donald Trump, attacking four congresswomen of color by suggesting that they go back to the countries where they are originally from if they criticize America. […] The post Racial biases in academic knowledge appeared first on [More]

Friedrich Schiller on Beauty and Aesthetics – Philosopher of the Month

German poet and playwright, Friedrich Schiller is considered a profound and influential philosopher. His philosophical-aesthetic writing played an important role in shaping the development of German idealism and Romanticism in one of the most prolific periods of German philosophy and literature. They are primarily concerned with the redemptive value of the arts and beauty in […] The post Friedrich Schiller on Beauty and Aesthetics – Philosopher of the Month appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesHow Germany’s financial collapse led to NazismHow quantitative thinking shaped our worldviewHow the Eurovision Song Contest has been [More]

How to construct palindromes

A palindrome is a word or phrase that reads the same way forwards and backwards, like kayak or Madam, I’m Adam. The word comes to us from palindromos, made up of a pair of Greek roots: palin (meaning “again”) and dromos (meaning “way, direction”). The post How to construct palindromes appeared first on [More]

G.E. Moore – his life and work – Philosopher of the Month

G.E. Moore (1873-1958) was a British philosopher, who alongside Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein at Trinity College Cambridge, was a key protagonist in the formation of the analytic tradition and central figure during the “golden age” of philosophy. The post G.E. Moore – his life and work – Philosopher of the Month appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesHow feminism becomes a tool of neo-imperialismIt’s not you, it’s me: the problem of incivilityLGBT Pride month timeline: The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall [More]

How feminism becomes a tool of neo-imperialism

Serene Khader explores the theory of "missionary feminism," a set of epistemic values that creates a filter for the Western world to view the situations of “other” non-Western world women, for gain. The post How feminism becomes a tool of neo-imperialism appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesIt’s not you, it’s me: the problem of incivility#MeToo and Mental Health: Gender Parity in the Field of PsychiatryLGBT Pride month timeline: The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall [More]

It’s not you, it’s me: the problem of incivility

We regularly decry this or that latest episode of incivility, and can thereby find temporary satisfaction. Maybe we feel heartened to see the uncivil criticized, the critique itself a reassurance that incivilities still meet some resistance. Maybe we find relief in collective condemnation of the uncivil, solidarity in shared disapproval. Or maybe we just experience […] The post It’s not you, it’s me: the problem of incivility appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesLGBT Pride month timeline: The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisingHow drawing pictures can help us understand wineMad Pride and the end of mental [More]

Michel Foucault on the insane, the criminals, and the sexual deviants

Michel Foucault (1926-84) was one of the most influential and notable French philosophers and historians of ideas, best known for his theories on discourses and the relation of power and knowledge. His seminal works such as L’histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1972, trs. as History of Madness, 2006), Surveiller et punir (1975, trs. as Discipline and Punish, 1977), and Histoire […] The post Michel Foucault on the insane, the criminals, and the sexual deviants appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesQuiz: How well do you know Albert Camus?Albert Camus and the problem of absurdityFour remarkable LGBTQ [More]

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