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Explaining Freud’s concept of the uncanny

According to his friend and biographer Ernest Jones Sigmund Freud was fond regaling him with “strange or uncanny experiences with patients.” Freud had a “particular relish” for such stories. 2019 marks the centenary of the publication of Freud’s essay, “The ‘Uncanny.’” Although much has been written on the essay during that time, Freud’s concept of the uncanny is often not well understood. The post Explaining Freud’s concept of the uncanny appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhen the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptationsWhat can we learn from meme culture?12 of the most important books for women in [More]

12 of the most important books for women in philosophy

To celebrate women's enormous contributions to philosophy, here is a reading list of books that explore recent feminist philosophy and women philosophers. Despite their apparent invisibility in the field in the past, women have been practising philosophers for centuries. The post 12 of the most important books for women in philosophy appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesNational Women’s History Month: A Brief HistoryIs it right to use intuition as evidence?Harold Wilson’s resignation honours – why so [More]

Is it right to use intuition as evidence?

Dr. Smith is a wartime medic. Five injured soldiers are in critical need of organ transplants: one needs a heart, two need kidneys, and two need lungs. A sixth soldier has come in complaining of a toothache. Reasoning that it’s better that five people should live than one, Smith knocks out the sixth soldier with […] The post Is it right to use intuition as evidence? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhat makes arrogant people so angry?When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptationsCelebrating notable women in philosophy: Philippa [More]

When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptations

The 2018 movies Crazy Rich Asians, It, Black Panther, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Mary Poppins Returns, and Beautiful Boy have very little in common with one another, except the fact that all are based on popular books. The post When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptations appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhat can we learn from meme culture?Why most scientists think birds are dinosaurs – and you should tooAre our fantasies immune from [More]

Why some value safety, others value risk

No one has ever crossed the Antarctic by themselves and without help from other people or engines. To me, this is very unsurprising and uninteresting. No one (outside of superhero movies) has ever shrunk themselves to the size of an ant, or turned back time by causing the earth to rotate backwards either. Big deal. […] The post Why some value safety, others value risk appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesIce Cube and the philosophical foundations of community policingCongratulations to CyberwarAre our fantasies immune from [More]

Ice Cube and the philosophical foundations of community policing

The recent “First Step Act” is the most significant federal criminal justice reform in decades. Still, it is a modest first step. The law eases the sentences of some inmates in federal prison, but it will not impact the problem of mass incarceration significantly because it does not address the many inmates incarcerated in state and local facilities. The post Ice Cube and the philosophical foundations of community policing appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesCongratulations to CyberwarBlack History Month: a reading listWhat the Paris Peace Conference can teach us about politics [More]

Congratulations to Cyberwar

Oxford University Press has won the 2018 R. R. Hawkins Award, which is awarded by the Association of American Publishers to a single book every year to “recognize outstanding scholarly works in all disciplines of the arts and sciences.”  The post Congratulations to Cyberwar appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhat the Paris Peace Conference can teach us about politics todayOral sex is good for older couplesNew narrative nonfiction minisode [More]

How to do fact checking

The actor Cary Grant once said of acting that, “It takes 500 small details to add up to one favorable impression.” That’s true for writing as well—concrete details can paint a picture for a reader and establish credibility for a writer. Details can be tricky, however, and in the swirl of research and the dash of exposition, it is possible to get things wrong: dates, names, quotes, and facts. The post How to do fact checking appeared first on [More]

Are our fantasies immune from morality?

Immoral fantasies are not uncommon, nor are they necessarily unhealthy. Some are silly and unrealistic, though others can be genuinely disturbing. You might fantasize about kicking your boss in the shins, or having an affair with your best friend’s spouse, or planning the perfect murder. The post Are our fantasies immune from morality? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesPhilosopher of The Month: William James (timeline)The rightful heirs to the British crown: Wales and the sovereignty of BritainThe tortures of adapting Samuel Richardson’s [More]

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