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Albert Camus and the problem of absurdity

Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French philosopher and novelist whose works examine the alienation inherent in modern life and who is best known for his philosophical concept of the absurd. He explored these ideas in his famous novels, The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1947), and The Fall (1956), as well as his philosophical essays, The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) and The Rebel (1951). […] The post Albert Camus and the problem of absurdity appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesThe Mysterious Case of the Disappearing ExistentialistImitation in literature: inspiration or plagiarism?Should the people always get what they want from their [More]

How Rabindranath Tagore reshaped Indian philosophy and literature

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was a highly prolific Indian poet, philosopher, writer, and educator who wrote novels, essays, plays, and poetic works in colloquial Bengali. He was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance, a cultural nationalist movement in the city. The post How Rabindranath Tagore reshaped Indian philosophy and literature appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesPhilosopher of The Month: William James (timeline)Celebrating notable women in philosophy: Philippa FootPhilosopher of the month: Saint Thomas Aquinas [More]

Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements

Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse tells her father, “Mr. Knightley loves to find fault with me, you know—in a joke—it is all a joke.” Mr. Knightley isn’t joking, as he and Emma know; he presents his criticisms without a hint of jocularity. But if Emma persuades Mr. Woodhouse to believe Mr. Knightley is joking, he “would not suspect such a circumstance as her not being thought perfect by everyone.” A little over 200 years after Emma was published, the comedian Roseanne Barr defended a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s former adviser, in a further tweet, “It’s a joke—”. The post Racist jokes may be worse than racist statements appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhy Robinson Crusoe is really an urban taleExplaining Freud’s concept of the uncannyIs it right to use intuition as [More]

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]

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