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Intro to Philosophy Class 8

This is the content  for class 8. Videos Video 32: Background for St. Thomas Aquinas Video 36: Way Four (Gradation) Video 33: 5 Ways Intro & Way of Motion Video 37: Way Five (Governance of the World) Video 34: Way Two  (Efficient Cause) Video 38: Five Ways-Mistakes & Criticisms Video 35: Way Three (Possibility & [More]

Intro to Philosophy Class 2

This is the content for the second class. Videos Video 6: Misconceptions about Philosophy 1 Video 9: Argument Basics 2 Analogical Argument Video 7: Misconceptions about Philosophy 2 Video 10: Argument Basics 3 Argument by/from Example Video 8: Argument Basics 1 Video 11: Argument Basics 4: Argument from Authority     [More]

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]

Space for Concern: Trump’s Executive Order on Space Resources

Among the bevy of executive actions undertaken by President Donald Trump during the COVID-19 crisis is, of all things, an executive order (issued on 6 April 2020) promoting the development of space resources, which states in part that: Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer […] The post Space for Concern: Trump’s Executive Order on Space Resources appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesEarth Day at 50: conservation, spirituality, and climate change [podcast]Lessons learnt from Coronavirus and global environmental challengesHow a pandemic could save the [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]

Why vaccines should be compulsory

Imagine we develop a vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Suppose the vaccine has some very small chance of some serious side effects, for instance seizures. However, this vaccine can save millions of lives globally, in the same way as other vaccines do. You are the prime minister and you have to decide whether to make […] The post Why vaccines should be compulsory appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesRe-reading Camus’s The Plague in pandemic timesHow G. E. M. Anscombe revolutionised 20th-century western philosophyWhy self-help won’t cure impostor [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]

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