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2007

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Review Of “Philosophy Of History: A Guide For Students”, Constantine Sandis Jun 2007

Review Of “Philosophy Of History: A Guide For Students”, Constantine Sandis

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Review Of “Ethics: Twelve Lectures On The Philosophy Of Morality”, Eric Rovie Jun 2007

Review Of “Ethics: Twelve Lectures On The Philosophy Of Morality”, Eric Rovie

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Can Civil Disobedience Work In The Age Of Globalization?, John Scott Gray Jun 2007

Can Civil Disobedience Work In The Age Of Globalization?, John Scott Gray

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Review Of “The Continental Ethics Reader”, L. Sebastian Purcell Jun 2007

Review Of “The Continental Ethics Reader”, L. Sebastian Purcell

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Review Of “Beyond Justification: Dimensions Of Epistemic Evaluation”, Robert Barnard Jun 2007

Review Of “Beyond Justification: Dimensions Of Epistemic Evaluation”, Robert Barnard

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All Things New: On Civil Disobedience Now, Steven Schroeder Jun 2007

All Things New: On Civil Disobedience Now, Steven Schroeder

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Review Of “On Education”, Miguel Martinez-Saenz Jun 2007

Review Of “On Education”, Miguel Martinez-Saenz

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Good Sex On Kantian Grounds, Or A Reply To Alan Soble, Joshua Schulz Jun 2007

Good Sex On Kantian Grounds, Or A Reply To Alan Soble, Joshua Schulz

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Immanuel Kant offers definitions of “sexual desire” and “sexual use” in the Metaphysics of Morals that occasion an inconsistency within his moral system, for they entail that sexual desire, as a natural inclination that is conditionally good, is also categorically objectifying, and thus per se immoral according to the second formulation of the Categorical Imperative. Following Alan Soble, various attempts to resolve the inconsistency are here criticized before more suitable, and suitably Kantian, definitions of these terms are offered. It is argued that these new definitions resolve the inconsistency.


Review Of “Heidegger And The Politics Of Poetry”, Steven Schroeder Jun 2007

Review Of “Heidegger And The Politics Of Poetry”, Steven Schroeder

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Civil Disobedience From Thoreau To Transnational Mobilizations: The Global Challenge, Hourya Bentouhami Jun 2007

Civil Disobedience From Thoreau To Transnational Mobilizations: The Global Challenge, Hourya Bentouhami

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Until very recently, civil disobedience, being a deliberate infraction of the law which is politically or morally motivated, was logically interpreted by theorists as a practice rooted in the state, since the source of positive law was primarily the State. But in the context of today’s globalization, the diversification of sources of power, the emergence of international laws or rules, or simply the obsoleteness of viewing the government as a juridical model, lead one to question the relevance of resorting to civil disobedience. Indeed, its strategic minimalism, which consists of non-cooperation, passive resistance or non-violence, in addition to its ...


Violent Civil Disobedience And Willingness To Accept Punishment, Piero Moraro Jun 2007

Violent Civil Disobedience And Willingness To Accept Punishment, Piero Moraro

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It is still an open question whether or not Civil Disobedience (CD) has to be completely nonviolent. According to Rawls, “any interference with the civil liberties of others tend to obscure the civilly disobedient quality of one's act”. From this Rawls concludes that by no means can CD pose a threath to other individuals' rights. In this paper I challenge Rawls' view, arguing that CD can comprise some degree of violence without losing its “civil” value. However, I specify that violence must not be aimed at seriously injuring, or even killing, other individuals. This would contravene the communicative aspect ...


Review Of “Rights From Wrongs”, David Boersema Jun 2007

Review Of “Rights From Wrongs”, David Boersema

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Review Of “The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence Of Contemporary Spirituality”, Robert Luyster Jan 2007

Review Of “The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence Of Contemporary Spirituality”, Robert Luyster

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Can Frege’S Farbung Help Explain The Meaning Of Ethical Terms?, Keith Green, Richard Kortum Jan 2007

Can Frege’S Farbung Help Explain The Meaning Of Ethical Terms?, Keith Green, Richard Kortum

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In this paper we reach back to an earlier generation of discussions about both linguistic meaning and moral language to answer the still-current question as to whether and in what way some special non-descriptive feature comprises part of the semantics of identifiably ethical terms. Taking off from the failure of familiar meta-ethical theories, restricted as they are to the Fregean categories of Sense and Force (whether singly or in combination), we propose that one particular variety belonging to Frege’s humble semantic category of Farbung –– what Dummett calls Tone –– holds the key. Specifically, the kinds of expressions that Dummett dubs ...


Review Of “The Creative Mind: Myths And Mechanisms”, Richard Patterson, Katherine Thomas Jan 2007

Review Of “The Creative Mind: Myths And Mechanisms”, Richard Patterson, Katherine Thomas

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Review Of “Pragmatism, Old And New”, David Boersema Jan 2007

Review Of “Pragmatism, Old And New”, David Boersema

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Philosophy Of Language, Translation Theory And A Third Way In Semantics, Shyam Ranganathan Jan 2007

Philosophy Of Language, Translation Theory And A Third Way In Semantics, Shyam Ranganathan

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In this paper I address anew the problem of determinacy in translation by examining the Western philosophical and translation theoretic traditions of the last century. Translation theory and the philosophy of language have largely gone their separate ways (the former opting to rebrand itself as “translation studies” to emphasize its empirical and anti-theoretical underpinnings). Yet translation theory and the philosophy of language predominantly share a common assumption that stands in the way of determinate translation. It is that languages, not texts, are the objects of translation and the subjects of semantics. The way to overcome the theoretical problems surrounding the ...


The Totalitarianism Of Therapeutic Philosophy: Reading Wittgenstein Through Critical Theory, Matthew Crippen Jan 2007

The Totalitarianism Of Therapeutic Philosophy: Reading Wittgenstein Through Critical Theory, Matthew Crippen

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are many ways of speaking and thinking, many forms of language, with no common essential feature uniting them all—therefore no common set of rules to be applied unexceptionally to the totality, consequently no single standard for judging validity. It is quite natural, then, to suppose that Wittgenstein decisively counters totalitarian forms of thought. It is this point that this paper challenges.

This paper criticises Wittgenstein—especially his “therapeutic philosophy”— through the writings of Frankfurt School Critical Theorists, specifically the writings of Herbert Marcuse and Max Horkheimer. In particular, it disputes the claim that Wittgenstein’s therapeutic philosophy is, as ...


Review Of “The Nature Of Truth”, Michael F. Goodman Jan 2007

Review Of “The Nature Of Truth”, Michael F. Goodman

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Frege On Direct Quotation, Robert M. Harnish Jan 2007

Frege On Direct Quotation, Robert M. Harnish

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In a single short passage in "On Sense and Reference" Frege outlines his conception of direct quotation wherein words must not be taken as having their customary reference, but rather refer to the words themselves or the words of another speaker. What unifies these uses? What is the logical form of direct quotation sentences, and what is their analysis? How does this view fit in with Frege's general semantics? How far can it be extended? What problems does it face? We explore, if not completely answer, each of these questions.

"It can also happen, however, that one wishes to ...


Meaning And Necessity: Can Semantics Stop Same-Sex Marriage?, Adèle Mercier Jan 2007

Meaning And Necessity: Can Semantics Stop Same-Sex Marriage?, Adèle Mercier

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Think of this paper as an exercise in applied philosophy of language. It has both semantic and deontic concerns. More than about the meaning of ‘marriage,’ it is about how one goes about determining the meaning of social kind terms like ‘marriage’. But it is equally about the place of philosophy of language in the legislative sphere, and inter alia, about the roles and responsibilities of philosophers in public life.


Review Of “The Death Of God And The Meaning Of Life”, Allison Merrick Jan 2007

Review Of “The Death Of God And The Meaning Of Life”, Allison Merrick

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Review Of “The Right In The Good: A Theory Of Intuition And Intrinsic Value”, Eric M. Rovie Jan 2007

Review Of “The Right In The Good: A Theory Of Intuition And Intrinsic Value”, Eric M. Rovie

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Review Of “The Right In The Good: A Theory Of Intuition And Intrinsic Value”, Eric M. Rovie Jan 2007

Review Of “The Right In The Good: A Theory Of Intuition And Intrinsic Value”, Eric M. Rovie

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Introduction To Volume 8, Number 1, Steven Schroeder Jan 2007

Introduction To Volume 8, Number 1, Steven Schroeder

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Review Of “Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy At Home In American Culture”, Steven Schroeder Jan 2007

Review Of “Philosophy Americana: Making Philosophy At Home In American Culture”, Steven Schroeder

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Review Of “A Philosophy Of Culture: The Scope Of Holistic Pragmatism”, Steven Schroeder Jan 2007

Review Of “A Philosophy Of Culture: The Scope Of Holistic Pragmatism”, Steven Schroeder

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Review Of “The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence Of Contemporary Spirituality”, Robert Luyster Jan 2007

Review Of “The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence Of Contemporary Spirituality”, Robert Luyster

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How To Undo Things With Words: Infelicitous Practices And Infelicitous Agents, José Medina Jan 2007

How To Undo Things With Words: Infelicitous Practices And Infelicitous Agents, José Medina

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This paper offers a new interpretation of Austin (the New Austin) that overcomes the Austin- Derrida debate by dissolving the dichotomy between construction and deconstruction and focusing on the notion of performative reconstruction. The essay also contains a discussion of the normative distinction between felicity and infelicity and how it affects the identity of speakers and agents. This discussion draws on recent Gender and Queer Theory and builds a bridge between the literature on identity and Speech Act Theory. The central argument in this paper proposes a negotiating model of performativity and a robust notion of discursive responsibility that underscores ...


Review Of “Frontiers Of Justice: Disability, Nationality And Species Membership”, Anca Gheaus Jan 2007

Review Of “Frontiers Of Justice: Disability, Nationality And Species Membership”, Anca Gheaus

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