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The Polarity Fallacy, Marcus G. Singer Jan 1990

The Polarity Fallacy, Marcus G. Singer

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There are multifarious ways in which two terms can be “polar,” and this sometimes leads to confusion and fallacious reasoning. This paper identifies a fallacy of reasoning that arises from one such confusion.


The Role Of Slippery Slope Arguments In Public Policy Debates, David J. Mayo Jan 1990

The Role Of Slippery Slope Arguments In Public Policy Debates, David J. Mayo

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The goal of this paper is to explore the nature and role of slippery slope arguments in public debates. The thesis of the paper is that slippery slope arguments often function in public policy debate as the natural response of competing ideologies to developments which represent corruption or erosion of their competing visions of the good.


Polar Terms And Interdependent Concepts, Marcus G. Singer Jan 1990

Polar Terms And Interdependent Concepts, Marcus G. Singer

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The notion of polarity, of polar terms and concepts, has been extensively used in the history of philosophy. However, there has never been a careful analysis or elucidation of the very concept of polarity itself. This paper aims to provide just such an elucidation of the concept of polarity.


Towards A Critique Of Contemporary Aesthetics, Guy Sircello Jan 1990

Towards A Critique Of Contemporary Aesthetics, Guy Sircello

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This paper distinguishes two sub-fields of aesthetics: the study of a certain kind of experience, which is “aesthetics” proper, and the philosophy of art. The last fifty years have seen a turn away from aesthetics proper, in favor of the second sub-field, the philosophy of art. This paper argues against that trajectory, and in favor of aesthetics proper.


Inventing Philosophy, Ted Cohen Jan 1990

Inventing Philosophy, Ted Cohen

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It is often suggested that Americans do not have a culture of their own, or a philosophy of their own. However, this charge assumes a European model of culture and philosophy, which Americans need not imitate. By contrast, this paper suggests an alternative, distinctly American model of philosophy. American philosophical practice is a kind of perpetual rebirth, a continuing innocence. It amounts to starting over, always, every time, and taking nothing for granted.


Where Is The Woman In Feminist Theory? The Case Of Aesthetics, Hilde Hein Jan 1990

Where Is The Woman In Feminist Theory? The Case Of Aesthetics, Hilde Hein

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This paper argues that feminism, as a theory, is a pattern of thinking that is not fundamentally about women, although it begins with a gendered perspective. It is, rather, an alternative way of theorizing about a host of topics that include but are not limited to women.