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Review Of Johanna Oksala's Foucault On Freedom, Ladelle Mcwhorter Nov 2005

Review Of Johanna Oksala's Foucault On Freedom, Ladelle Mcwhorter

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Johanna Oksala has produced a provocative reading of Michel Foucault's work on the issues of freedom and resistance to normalizing oppression. Although many commentators have contended that Foucault's historicization of subjectivity leads to metaphysical determinism and eliminates the very possibility of freedom in human life, Oksala argues that his radical rethinking of both bodies and freedom largely escapes the simplistic criticisms routinely put forward since the early 1980s. She does subject Foucault's work to criticisms of her own, however. While the title of her book leads the reader to expect a tight focus on the question of ...


Setting The Moral Compass: Essays By Women Moral Philosophers, Edited By Cheshire Calhoun, Samantha Brennan Sep 2005

Setting The Moral Compass: Essays By Women Moral Philosophers, Edited By Cheshire Calhoun, Samantha Brennan

Samantha Brennan

No abstract provided.


The Species-Norm Account Of Moral Status, Scott Wilson Aug 2005

The Species-Norm Account Of Moral Status, Scott Wilson

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Many philosophers have argued against Singer’s claim that all animals are equal. However, none of these responses have demonstrated an appreciation of the complexity of his position. The result is that all of these responses focus on one of his arguments in a way that falls victim to another. This paper is a critical examination of a possible response to the full complexity of Singer’s position that derives from the work of Carl Cohen, Kathleen Wilkes, and F. Ramsey. On this response, a being’s moral status depends not on the capacities and abilities she does in fact ...


The Conservation Of Authenticity: Political Commitment And Racial Reality, Michael Monahan Mar 2005

The Conservation Of Authenticity: Political Commitment And Racial Reality, Michael Monahan

Philosophy Faculty Research and Publications

Discusses issues related to the conservation of racial authenticity, political commitment and racial reality in the U.S. Growing interest in racial ontology in philosophical circles; Analysis of the concept of social constructivism.


Peirce: Underdetermination, Agnosticism, And Related Mistakes, P.D. Magnus Feb 2005

Peirce: Underdetermination, Agnosticism, And Related Mistakes, P.D. Magnus

Philosophy Faculty Scholarship

There are two ways that we might respond to the underdetermination of theory by data. One response, which we can call the agnostic response, is to suspend judgment: “Where scientific standards cannot guide us, we should believe nothing”. Another response, which we can call the fideist response, is to believe whatever we would like to believe: “If science cannot speak to the question, then we may believe anything without science ever contradicting us”. C.S. Peirce recognized these options and suggested evading the dilemma. It is a Logical Maxim, he suggests, that there could be no genuine underdetermination. This is ...


Law, Ethics And Mystery, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. Jan 2005

Law, Ethics And Mystery, Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr.

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

No abstract provided.


What Personal Rules Can Teach Us About Basic Institutions, Claire O. Finkelstein Jan 2005

What Personal Rules Can Teach Us About Basic Institutions, Claire O. Finkelstein

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

No abstract provided.


Introduction To John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, G. Scott Davis Jan 2005

Introduction To John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, G. Scott Davis

Religious Studies Faculty Publications

John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism, which first appeared in three installments of Fraser's Magazine in 1861, was intended as a defense of the notorious doctrine identified with the liberal reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and with the author's father, James Mill (1773-1836). The defense was successful. While "the principle of utility, or as Bentham has latterly called it, the greatest happiness principle," may have scandalized Victorian England, Mill's Utilitarianism became one of the defining documents of modern British and American liberalism. It is impossible to appreciate contemporary social and political life without coming to grips with utilitarianism.


Introduction To G.E. Moore's Principia Ethica, G. Scott Davis Jan 2005

Introduction To G.E. Moore's Principia Ethica, G. Scott Davis

Religious Studies Faculty Publications

When Principia Ethica appeared, in 1903, it became something of a sacred text for the Cambridge-educated elites-Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes-who, along with Virginia Woolf, would form the core of the Bloomsbury Group. In a letter of October 11, 1903, Strachey confesses to Moore that he is "carried away" by Principia, which inaugurates, for him, "the beginning of the Age of Reason." Moore's critique of convention, his caustic dismissal of his philosophical predecessors, and the relentless rigor of his method promised a revolution in morality commensurate with the modernist transformation of art and literature. Principia Ethica shifted ...


The Technology Of Biopower: A Response To Todd May's "Foucault Now?", Ladelle Mcwhorter Jan 2005

The Technology Of Biopower: A Response To Todd May's "Foucault Now?", Ladelle Mcwhorter

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Because the occasion for his essay was the inaugural conference of the newly formed Foucault Society in New York City in the spring of 2005, Todd May takes as his point of departure the question of whether Foucault’s work is valuable to the sort of people who have come together to form that society: philosophers, artists, political activists, and in general to concerned citizens today, twenty years after Michel Foucault’s death. As might be expected given the Society’s raison d’être, May answers this question in the affirmative. But exactly how is Foucault’s work still relevant ...


Feminist Philosophy In The Analytic Tradition, Anita Superson, Samantha Brennan Dec 2004

Feminist Philosophy In The Analytic Tradition, Anita Superson, Samantha Brennan

Samantha Brennan

No abstract provided.


Can Alain Badiou's Notion Of Time Account For Political Events?, Antonio Calcagno Dec 2004

Can Alain Badiou's Notion Of Time Account For Political Events?, Antonio Calcagno

Antonio Calcagno

No abstract provided.


Plato's Cave And Aristotle's Collections: Dialogue Across Disciplines, Donna Zucker, Dominica Borg Dec 2004

Plato's Cave And Aristotle's Collections: Dialogue Across Disciplines, Donna Zucker, Dominica Borg

Donna M. Zucker

This paper describes a joint effort between the Department of Theatre and the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. The purpose of this collaboration was to design and evaluate techniques commonly used in theatre programmes to help doctoral nursing students understand philosophical content. Various theatre workshop techniques were used in order to help them bring abstract ideas to physical life. In other words, these techniques and exercises help bridge theory and practice.


Undecidable Time: The Political Use Of The Limits Of Derrida's Democracy To Come, Antonio Calcagno Dec 2004

Undecidable Time: The Political Use Of The Limits Of Derrida's Democracy To Come, Antonio Calcagno

Antonio Calcagno

No abstract provided.


La Paternità Dell’Eros: Il “Simposio” E Freud, In G. Ugolini (Hg. A Cura Di), "Die Kraft Der Vergangenheit – La Forza Del Passato", Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2005, Pp. 231-241., Marco Solinas Dec 2004

La Paternità Dell’Eros: Il “Simposio” E Freud, In G. Ugolini (Hg. A Cura Di), "Die Kraft Der Vergangenheit – La Forza Del Passato", Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2005, Pp. 231-241., Marco Solinas

Marco Solinas

No abstract provided.


Desideri: Fenomenologia Degenerativa E Strategie Di Controllo, In Mario Vegetti (A Cura Di), "Platone. La Repubblica", Napoli: Biblipolis, 2005, Vol. Vi, Pp. 471-498., Marco Solinas Dec 2004

Desideri: Fenomenologia Degenerativa E Strategie Di Controllo, In Mario Vegetti (A Cura Di), "Platone. La Repubblica", Napoli: Biblipolis, 2005, Vol. Vi, Pp. 471-498., Marco Solinas

Marco Solinas

No abstract provided.