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I’m the mother I am thanks to my daughter’s disability

On the first Mother’s Day that my daughter, Sesha, no longer lived at home with us, I received a lovely basket with various hand-crafted gifts from her. With help from her aide, she handed it over to me, and as I gushed she looked so very pleased. Mother’s Day is a time for children to […] The post I’m the mother I am thanks to my daughter’s disability appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesMusic schools respond to COVID-19 shutdownWhy we need humour at a time like thisA.J. Ayer and Logical [More]

A.J. Ayer and Logical Positivism

Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-89) was a philosopher and a leading English representative of Logical Positivism. He was responsible for introducing the doctrines of the movement as developed in the 1920s and 1930s by the Vienna Circle group of philosophers and scientists into British philosophy. Ayer’s philosophy was also influenced by empiricism of David Hume and the […] The post A.J. Ayer and Logical Positivism appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesG.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in warSpelling reform: not a “lafing” matterWho is Dr. Doddipol? Or, idioms in your back [More]

G.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in war

During military conflict, what are the constraints on the things that a warring nation may do to achieve their objectives? And what constraints are there on the objectives that such a nation should have in the first place? A traditional answer to the first of these questions draws a sharp line at the deliberate killing […] The post G.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in war appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesIs the fetus a resident or a body part?Celebrating notable women in philosophy: Philippa FootWhy vaccines should be [More]

Is the fetus a resident or a body part?

Pregnancy has variously been described as unique, confusing and full of ambivalence; as involving a doubling or splitting the person; and as challenging widely-held philosophical assumptions about firm distinctions between self and other or mind and body. But what, exactly, is pregnancy? What is this unique human – and mammalian – state? What is its […] The post Is the fetus a resident or a body part? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesEight rules for teaching during COVID-19Why COVID-19 could change how we workWhy vaccines should be [More]

Keeping social distance: the story of the word “aloof” and a few tidbits

It is amazing how many words like aloof exist in English. Even for “fear” we have two a-formations: afraid, which supplanted the archaic afeard, and aghast. Aback, aboard, ashore, asunder—a small dictionary can be filled with them (but alas and alack do not belong here). The model is productive: consider aflutter and aglitter. One feature unites those words: they cannot be used attributively. Indeed, an asunder man and an astride rider do not exist. The post Keeping social distance: the story of the word “aloof” and a few tidbits appeared first on [More]

The Perfect Tenses in English

What could be simpler than grammatical tense—things happening now are in the present, things happening before are in the past, and things that haven’t happened yet are in the future. If only it were so easy. Consider the present tense. Its meaning often refers not to things happening right now but to some general state […] The post The Perfect Tenses in English appeared first on [More]

Re-reading Camus’s The Plague in pandemic times

Sometime in the 1940s in the sleepy colonial city of Oran, in French occupied Algeria, there was an outbreak of plague. First rats died, then people. Within days, the entire city was quarantined: it was impossible to get out, and no one could get in. This is the fictional setting for Albert Camus’s second most famous novel, The Plague (1947). And yes, there are some similarities to our current situation with the coronavirus.  First, […] The post Re-reading Camus’s The Plague in pandemic times appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesHow G. E. M. Anscombe revolutionised 20th-century western philosophyWhy self-help won’t cure impostor syndromeA guide to parent self-care during the COVID-19 [More]

Donald Trump’s insult politics

Political commentators and satirists love to mock Donald Trump’s verbal gaffs, his simplified vocabulary and vague, boastful speech. But if you judge his oratory by its effect on the audience, Donald Trump’s rhetoric, particularly with large crowds of enthusiastic supporters, is undeniably effective. People have studied the art of rhetoric for millennia – so how […] The post Donald Trump’s insult politics appeared first on [More]

How G. E. M. Anscombe revolutionised 20th-century western philosophy

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe (b. 1919-d. 2001) was an important figure and gave significant contributions to the field of analytic philosophy, philosophy of mind, and moral and religious philosophy. Born in Limerick in March 1919 to Allen Anscombe and Gertrude Anscombe (nee Thomas), the family returned to England when her father returned from the British Army […] The post How G. E. M. Anscombe revolutionised 20th-century western philosophy appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesHilary Putnam on mind and meanings – Philosopher of the MonthWhy self-help won’t cure impostor syndromeMaria Edgeworth, Jane Austen’s forgotten [More]

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