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Pipe Dreams: Eternal Recurrence And Simulacrum And Foucault's Ekphrasis Of Magritte, Gary Shapiro Jan 1997

Pipe Dreams: Eternal Recurrence And Simulacrum And Foucault's Ekphrasis Of Magritte, Gary Shapiro

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Michel Foucault invokes Andy Warhol at the conclusion of This is Not a Pipe; this comes at the end of a chapter entitled 'Seven Seals of Affirmation,' so that the words must be read with a Nietzschean resonance (recalling Zarathustra's 'The Seven Seals'):

A day will come when, by means of similitude relayed indefinitely along the length of a series, the image itself, along with the name it bears, will lose its identity. Campbell, Campbell, Campbell, Campbell.

I propose to explore the approach to the visual here which proceeds by deploying or presupposing conceptions of similitude, simulacrum, eternal recurrence ...


Susanne K. Langer's Philosophy Of Mind, Richard Liddy Jan 1997

Susanne K. Langer's Philosophy Of Mind, Richard Liddy

Department of Religion Publications

No abstract provided.


Capacities, Universality And Singularity, Stuart M. Glennan Jan 1997

Capacities, Universality And Singularity, Stuart M. Glennan

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

In this paper I criticize Cartwright's analysis of capacities and offer an alternative analysis. I argue that Cartwright's attempt to connect capacities to her condition CC fails because individuals can exercise capacities only in certain contexts. My own analysis emphasizes three features of capacities: 1) Capacities belong to individuals; 2) Capacities are typically not metaphysically fundamental properties of individuals, but can be explained by referring to structural properties of individuals; and 3) Laws are best understood as ascriptions of capacities.


Probable Causes And The Distinction Between Subjective And Objective Chance, Stuart M. Glennan Jan 1997

Probable Causes And The Distinction Between Subjective And Objective Chance, Stuart M. Glennan

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

In this paper I present both a critical appraisal of Humphreys' probabilistic theory of causality and a sketch of an alternative view of the relationship between the notions of probability and of cause. Though I do not doubt that determinism is false, I claim that the examples used to motivate Humphreys' theory typically refer to subjective rather than objective chance. Additionally, I argue on a number of grounds that Humphreys' suggestion that linear regression models be used as a canonical form for the description of causal relations is untenable. I conclude by exploring the variety of ways in which probabilistic ...


Love Without Laziness: Eudaimonia, Medieval Understandings Of Acedia (Sloth), And Dante's Purgatorio Xvii-Xix, David Keck Jan 1997

Love Without Laziness: Eudaimonia, Medieval Understandings Of Acedia (Sloth), And Dante's Purgatorio Xvii-Xix, David Keck

Publications

A discussion of a person's delight in performing virtuous activities.


Susanne K. Langer's Philosophy Of Mind, Richard M. Liddy Dec 1996

Susanne K. Langer's Philosophy Of Mind, Richard M. Liddy

Richard M Liddy

No abstract provided.


The Deflation Of Belief States, Robert J. Stainton Dec 1996

The Deflation Of Belief States, Robert J. Stainton

Robert J. Stainton

A criticism of Arthur Collins' attempt to deflate beliefs states by treating them as merely correctness-making properties of persons.