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Trump Supporters Should Shut Up About Kaepernick

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Demonstrating once again its mastery of advertising, Nike released an advertising campaign including Colin Kaepernick. While some have responded by burning their own Nike products, the campaign has been successful and has resulted in a surge in sales. Since Trump has gone after Kaepernick for protesting, it is not surprising that some Trump supporters have  attacked Nike’s campaign. It is also not surprising that Nike’s call center became a target for racists. While Nike certainly merits protest, this is because of its sweatshops and not because it is slickly turning social justice issues into profit. This, obviously enough, explains the rage against Nike by Trump supporters and others. As they see it, Kaepernick is a terrible person who disrespected the troops and is un-American. By using him in the campaign, Nike is colluding with Kaepernick and is thus showing it hates the troops. Or so their “reasoning” goes. Embed from Getty. . .

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Moral Vegetarianism

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[New Entry by Tyler Doggett on September 14, 2018.] Billions of humans eat meat. To provide it, we raise animals. We control, hurt, and kill hundreds of millions of geese, nearly a billion cattle, billions of pigs and ducks, and tens of billions of chickens each year. To feed these animals, we raise crops. To raise crops, we deforest and use huge quantities of water. To quench these animals, we use still...

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Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and Related Phenomena

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2018.09.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ophelia Deroy (ed.), Sensory Blending: On Synaesthesia and Related Phenomena, Oxford University Press, 2017, 318pp., $67.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199688289. Reviewed by John O'Dea, University of Tokyo Philosophers are often captivated by psychological phenomena that strikingly contradict our expectations, and philosophical cottage industries can spring up around them. The discovery of "blindsight" was my first experience of this: people with blindsight act as though they are perceptually aware of something but report no conscious experience of it. Get thee behind me, Functionalism! -- or so some argued. But the problem was that 'blindsight' awareness is not functionally the same as regular awareness: the 'sight' that survives took statistical analysis of a forced choice task to uncover (Overgaard, 2012). On closer inspection, it was harder to know what blindsight meant for theories of consciousness. Some. . .

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Changing migrants’ mindsets can improve their intercultural experiences

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“After all those years dreaming of America, I hated it…. I couldn’t understand anything. I didn’t talk. I was afraid someone would laugh at my pronunciation. And they did make fun of me. I thought to myself, I was a good student in Korea. Here I am stupid…. Finally I realized I had to reach out. To be a better speaker I had to be active and overcome my fear.” — Clara, a seventeen-year-old girl From “The Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories” by Bode (1999) For many immigrants, Clara’s experience depicts their difficulties associated with learning a second language. Immigrants who are not fluent in the local language not only have trouble communicating, but may also feel that they don’t fit into the society in which they live, or that majority members might reject them due to their lack of fluency. Such fear of rejection can cause people from minority groups to experience negative interethnic relations and maladaptive adjustment to the mainstream society. Despite these obstacles,. . .

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The Strauss-Krüger Correspondence: Returning to Plato through Kant

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2018.09.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Susan Meld Shell (ed.), The Strauss-Krüger Correspondence: Returning to Plato through Kant, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 237pp., $84.99 (hbk), ISBN 9783319742007. Reviewed by Catherine Zuckert, University of Notre Dame This volume contains English translations of the letters Leo Strauss and Gerhard Krüger exchanged between 1929 and 1935, and again briefly, between 1958 and 1962, along with essays commenting on various aspects of that correspondence by eight leading scholars. Strauss is now much better known than Krüger, and most (but not all) of the commentators are Strauss scholars; but at the time of most of their correspondence, Krüger was better established. Reputed to be Heidegger's most promising student, he was lecturing at the University of Marburg. Some of the letters contain Strauss's requests for assistance from his friend in finding a supervisor for his habilitation as well as, more urgently,. . .

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