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Vaclav Havel, Jan Patocka: The Powerless And The Shaken, Daniel Brennan Oct 2016

Vaclav Havel, Jan Patocka: The Powerless And The Shaken, Daniel Brennan

Daniel Brennan

This article makes a case for considering Vaclav Havel's political theory of the nature of dissent as more politically grounded than that of his mentor fan Patoka. Against the criticism of Havel, which describes him as a less rigorous repeater of Patocka's ideas, this paper demonstrates how Havel appropriated Patocka's idea that the dissident is, similarly to a World War I trench soldier, fighting in a contemporary front in a demobilized war. However I argue that in Havel's thought, the understanding of dissent takes on a more practical and useful complexion than that of Patocka. This ...


On Thinking (And Measurement), Raymond A. Younis Apr 2016

On Thinking (And Measurement), Raymond A. Younis

Raymond Younis

We do indeed “live and work in a time when the issues facing education, many of which have been with us for a considerable period, are being approached primarilythrough measurement – classroom assessment, research methods, standardized testing, international comparisons”. It is also true that “we do not often stop to consider what counts – and alternatively, what doesn’t count – in a climate where measuring up to a standard is the name of the game. At a deeper level, we rarely raise questions about measurement itself.” Heidegger argued that what is “most thought provoking [in this ‘thought provoking age’] is that we ...


Memento, Andrew Kania Mar 2016

Memento, Andrew Kania

Andrew Kania

Within a short space of time, the film Memento has already been hailed as a modern classic. Memorably narrated in reverse, from the perspective of Leonard Shelby, the film’s central character, it follows Leonard’s chaotic and visceral quest to discover the identity of his wife’s killer and avenge her murder, despite his inability to form new long-term memories.

This is the first book to explore and address the myriad philosophical questions raised by the film, concerning personal identity, free will, memory, knowledge, and action. It also explores problems in aesthetics raised by the film through its narrative ...


The Routledge Companion To Philosophy And Music, Theodore Gracyk, Andrew Kania Mar 2016

The Routledge Companion To Philosophy And Music, Theodore Gracyk, Andrew Kania

Andrew Kania

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music is an outstanding guide and reference source to the key topics, subjects, thinkers and debates in philosophy and music. Over fifty entries by an international team of contributors are organised into six clear sections:

  • general issues
  • emotion
  • history
  • figures
  • kinds of music
  • music, philosophy and related disciplines


What Is Memento? Ontology And Interpretation In Mainstream Film, Andrew Kania Mar 2016

What Is Memento? Ontology And Interpretation In Mainstream Film, Andrew Kania

Andrew Kania

At the end of the flashback, quite late in Memento, when we finally get to see what Leonard remembers of the incident that led to his memory impairment, the camera pans slowly away from a close-up of Leonard's head, oozing blood onto the tiles of his bathroom floor (E, 1:19:27). Just before the flashback fades out, and we return to the present in which Leonard is recounting this memory to Natalie, the frame includes only the bathroom floor, tiled entirely in white with the exception of two black tiles in opposite corners of the screen, like dots ...


Piece For The End Of Time: In Defence Of Musical Ontology, Andrew Kania Mar 2016

Piece For The End Of Time: In Defence Of Musical Ontology, Andrew Kania

Andrew Kania

Aaron Ridley has recently attacked the study of musical ontology—an apparently fertile area in the philosophy of music. I argue here that Ridley’s arguments are unsound. There are genuinely puzzling ontological questions about music, many of which are closely related to questions of musical value. While it is true that musical ontology must be descriptive of pre-existing musical practices and that some debates, such as that over the creatability of musical works, have little consequence for questions of musical value, none of this implies that these debates themselves are without value.


Definition, Andrew Kania Mar 2016

Definition, Andrew Kania

Andrew Kania

Much of the time most of us can tell whether, and which of, the sounds we are currently hearing are music. This is so whether or not what we are listening to is a familiar piece, a piece we have not heard before, or even music from a culture or tradition with which we are unfamiliar. In cases where we are unsure, or initially mistaken in our judgment, we will often change our opinion based on further information. This near-universal agreement suggests that the concept of music is one shared by different people, and has boundaries which we are implicitly ...


The Chun-Tzu, Philip Novak Feb 2016

The Chun-Tzu, Philip Novak

Philip Novak

The question of personal immortality-life after death-has haunted us ever since human beings realized a basic fact of existence: everything that lives is going to die. Filippo Liverziani considers evidence for life after death; from the out-of-body journeys of mystics to the near-death experiences of ordinary people who reached the threshhold of the other side and returned to tell the tale. Compelling reading for anyone who has asked that timeless question: What happens when I die?


The Vision Of Nietzsche, Philip Novak Feb 2016

The Vision Of Nietzsche, Philip Novak

Philip Novak

God is dead, there are no universal truths, no morality. We stand alone in the universe ... Nietzsche conjured up nihilism, embraced it, then discovered that this philosophy was untenable. But out of his struggle emerged his great redemptive vision - the will to power of the Superman. This powerful book presents an introduction to Nietzsche's life, while carefully selected excerpts from his writings show the development of his thinking. Finally Novak compares Nietzsche's ideal of the Superman with Buddhism's tried and tested notion of the Bodhisattva.


Review Of The Soul Of The Marionette By John Gray, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Soul Of The Marionette By John Gray, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life By Howard Eiland And Michael W. Jennings, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life By Howard Eiland And Michael W. Jennings, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of What Happened In And To Moral Philosophy In The Twentieth Century? Edited By Fran O'Rourke, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of What Happened In And To Moral Philosophy In The Twentieth Century? Edited By Fran O'Rourke, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Power Of Tolerance: A Debate By Wendy Brown And Rainer Forst, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Power Of Tolerance: A Debate By Wendy Brown And Rainer Forst, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Ethics Of Species: An Introduction By Ronald L. Sandler, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Ethics Of Species: An Introduction By Ronald L. Sandler, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Philosophy Of Free Will: Essential Readings From The Contemporary Debates Edited By Paul Russell And Oisin Deery, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Philosophy Of Free Will: Essential Readings From The Contemporary Debates Edited By Paul Russell And Oisin Deery, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Ethics Of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives By Janet Radcliffe Richards, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Ethics Of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives By Janet Radcliffe Richards, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics By Kenan Malik, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Quest For A Moral Compass: A Global History Of Ethics By Kenan Malik, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Thieves Of Virtue: When Bioethics Stole Medicine By Tom Koch, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Thieves Of Virtue: When Bioethics Stole Medicine By Tom Koch, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Reason's Debt To Freedom: Normative Appraisals, Reasons, And Free Will By Isgtiyaque Haji, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Reason's Debt To Freedom: Normative Appraisals, Reasons, And Free Will By Isgtiyaque Haji, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Simone Weil: Late Philosophical Writings Edited By Eric O. Springsted, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Simone Weil: Late Philosophical Writings Edited By Eric O. Springsted, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Radio Benjamin By Walter Benjamin And Edited By Lecia Rosenthal, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Radio Benjamin By Walter Benjamin And Edited By Lecia Rosenthal, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will By David Hodgson, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will By David Hodgson, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Self And Soul By Mark Edmundson, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Self And Soul By Mark Edmundson, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers To The Usual Questions By David Boonin, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Should Race Matter? Unusual Answers To The Usual Questions By David Boonin, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of The Connected Self: The Ethics And Governance Of The Genetic Individual By Heather Widdows, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of The Connected Self: The Ethics And Governance Of The Genetic Individual By Heather Widdows, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of In Praise Of Reason By Michael P. Lynch, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of In Praise Of Reason By Michael P. Lynch, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Moral Entanglements: The Ancillary-Care Obligations Of Medical Researchers By Henry S. Richardson, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Moral Entanglements: The Ancillary-Care Obligations Of Medical Researchers By Henry S. Richardson, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of How Universities Can Help Create A Wiser World By Nicholas Maxwell, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of How Universities Can Help Create A Wiser World By Nicholas Maxwell, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy For Modern Problems By Jules Evans, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations: Ancient Philosophy For Modern Problems By Jules Evans, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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Review Of Intuitionism By David Kaspar, William Simkulet Feb 2016

Review Of Intuitionism By David Kaspar, William Simkulet

William Simkulet

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