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  1. added 2014-07-25
    Sb, How Humor Works - A Clear Proposal for a Classic Question.
    A short, clear and complete theory that explains the origins and properties of the human humor instinct, which has been the subject of incomplete research for thousands of years. The paper's theory uses evolutionary psychology and a basic informal equation, and unites the findings of the previous theories, including explaining the logical basis behind many types of humor as well as the common sayings associated with it.
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  2. added 2014-07-18
    Robert Lane (2014). Peircean Semiotic Indeterminacy and Its Relevance for Biosemiotics. In Vinicius Romanini (ed.), Peirce and Biosemiotics.
    This chapter presents a detailed explanation of Peirce’s early and late views on semiotic indeterminacy and then considers how those views might be applied within biosemiotics. Peirce distinguished two different forms of semiotic indeterminacy: generality and vagueness. He defined each in terms of the “right” that indeterminate signs extend, either to their interpreters in the case of generality or to their utterers in the case of vagueness, to further determine their meaning. On Peirce’s view, no sign is absolutely determinate, i.e., (...)
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  3. added 2014-07-11
    Erin C. Tarver (2013). Signifying "Hillary&Quot;: Making (Political) Sense with Butler and Dewey. Contemporary Pragmatism 10 (2):25-47.
  4. added 2014-07-01
    David Wiens, Paul Poast & William Roberts Clark (forthcoming). The Political Resource Curse: An Empirical Re-Evaluation. Political Research Quarterly.
    Extant theoretical work on the political resource curse implies that dependence on resource revenues should decrease autocracies’ likelihood of democratizing but not necessarily affect democracies’ chances of survival. Yet most previous empirical studies estimate models that are ill-suited to address this claim. We improve upon earlier studies, estimating a dynamic logit model that interacts a continuous measure of resource dependence with an indicator of regime type using data from 166 countries, covering the period from 1816-2006. We find that an increase (...)
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  5. added 2014-07-01
    John Sutton (2014). The Collaborative Emergence of Group Cognition: Commentary on Paul E. Smaldino, “The Cultural Evolution of Emergent Group-Level Traits”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (3):277-78.
    We extend Smaldino’s approach to collaboration and social organization in cultural evolution to include cognition. By showing how recent work on emergent group-level cognition can be incorporated within Smaldino’s framework, we extend that framework’s scope to encompass collaborative memory, decision-making, and intelligent action. We argue that beneficial effects arise only in certain forms of cognitive interdependence, in surprisingly fragile conditions.
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  6. added 2014-06-30
    Waseem Yaqoob (2014). Reconciliation and Violence: Hannah Arendt on Historical Understanding. Modern Intellectual History 11 (2):385-416.
    This essay reconstructs Hannah Arendt’s reading of Marx and Hegel in order to elucidate her critique of comprehensive philosophies of history. During the early 1950s Arendt endeavoured to develop a historical epistemology suitable to her then embryonic understanding of political action. Interpretations of her political thought either treat historical narrative as orthogonal to her central theoretical concerns, or focus on the role of “storytelling” in her writing. Both approaches underplay her serious consideration of the problem of historical understanding in the (...)
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  7. added 2014-06-25
    LaShonda M. Stewart, Steven A. Miller, R. W. Hildreth & Maja V. Wright-Phillips (2014). Participatory Budgeting in the United States: A Preliminary Analysis of Chicago's 49th Ward Experiment. New Political Science 36 (2):193-218.
    This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the first participatory budgeting experiment in the United States, in Chicago's 49th Ward. There are two avenues of inquiry: First, does participatory budgeting result in different budgetary priorities than standard practices? Second, do projects meet normative social justice outcomes? It is clear that allowing citizens to determine municipal budget projects results in very different outcomes than standard procedures. Importantly, citizens in the 49th Ward consistently choose projects that the research literature classifies as low (...)
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  8. added 2014-06-16
    John Krummel (forthcoming). World, Nothing, and Globalization in Nishida and Nancy. In Leah Kalmanson James Mark Shields (ed.), Buddhist Responses to Globalization.
    The “shrinking” of the globe in the last few centuries has made explicit that the world is a tense unity of many: the many worlds are forced to contend with one another. Nishida Kitarō, the founder of the Kyoto school, once stated that to be is to be implaced. We exist by partaking in “the socio-historical world.” More recently, Jean-luc Nancy has conceived of the world in terms of sense. What is striking in both is that the world emerges out (...)
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  9. added 2014-06-10
    Marco Solinas (2014). Sui paradossi della critica esterna. Marcuse, i bisogni indotti e i desideri di massa. Consecutio Temporum (6):1-16.
    The paper presents a critique of Marcuse’s theory of “false needs”. It aims to clear the theoretical ground necessary to sketch out an immanent critique of the socio-economical dynamics that dictate the exhausting, and oft endless postponement of the satisfaction of a multiplicity of mass needs and desires. The paper focuses its attention on some paradoxes produced by Marcuse’s theory, correlated in particular with the critique of the wellbeing of the masses, and with the manipulative superpower ascribed to ideology. These (...)
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  10. added 2014-05-24
    Elliot Gaines (2014). Media Representations of Science, Andimplications for Neuroscience and Semiotics. Semiotica 2014 (200):103-117.
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  11. added 2014-05-24
    Winnie le ChengCheng (2014). Documentary Evidence as Hegemonic Reconstruction. Semiotica 2014 (200):165-184.
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  12. added 2014-05-24
    Ian Verstegen (2014). Reforming Visual Semiotics: The Dynamic Approach. Semiotica 2014 (200):31-48.
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  13. added 2014-05-24
    Irit Degani-Raz (2014). “Language as Calculus” in Beckett's Writing: A New Perspective on Beckett's Conception of Language. Semiotica 2014 (200):85-101.
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  14. added 2014-05-24
    Bettina König & Erhard Lick (2014). Wine Labels in Austrian Food Retail Stores: A Semiotic Analysis of Multimodal Red Wine Labels. Semiotica 2014 (200):313-334.
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    George Rossolatos (2014). Exploring the Rhetorical Semiotic Brand Image Structure of Ad Films with Multivariate Mapping Techniques. Semiotica 2014 (200):335-358.
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    Glykeria Anyfandi, Vasilis Koulaidis & Kostas Dimopoulos (2014). A Socio-Semiotic Framework for the Analysis of Exhibits in a Science Museum. Semiotica 2014 (200):229-254.
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    Robbie B. H. Goh (2014). The Semiotics of Undesirable Bodies: Transnationalism, Race Culture, Abjection. Semiotica 2014 (200):203-227.
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  18. added 2014-05-24
    Juan Li (2014). Nation and Globalization as Social Interaction: Interdiscursivity of Discourse and Semiosis in the 2008 Beijing Olympics' Opening Ceremony. Semiotica 2014 (200):137-164.
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    Yukun Xia, Kathryn Staiano-Ross & Hanten Day (2014). An Early Semiotic. Semiotica 2014 (200):49-83.
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  20. added 2014-05-24
    Ersu Ding (2014). Ubiquitous but Arbitrary Iconicity. Semiotica 2014 (200):119-135.
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    Ru Michael Sabre (2014). Art, Science, and Value as Found in Peirce's ten Trichotomies. Semiotica 2014 (200):21-30.
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    Robert M. Cantor (2014). A Semiotic Model of Visual Perception. Semiotica 2014 (200):1-20.
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  23. added 2014-05-24
    Małgorzata Haładewicz-Grzelak (2014). The Segmentation of Phenomenological Space in Licheń as an Example of Double Binds. Semiotica 2014 (200):275-312.
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    Jodie L. Martin (2014). Semiotic Resources of Music Notation: Towards a Multimodal Analysis of Musical Notation in Student Texts. Semiotica 2014 (200):185-201.
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  25. added 2014-05-24
    Azadehni Yamini-Hameda (2014). Indefinite Identity: The Masked Terrorist as Iconic Legisign. Semiotica 2014 (200):255-274.
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  26. added 2014-05-18
    Walter Horn (1985). Libertarianism and Private Property in Land II. American Journal of Economics and Sociology 44 (1):67-80.
    Whether or not we have any natural right to landownership, like life and liberty, the institution of private property is agood. The utility produced by private property in land is overshadowed by the evils produced by the speculative withholding of supramarginal land unless compensatory payments are required of landowners. Such payments should be made to those living in the same “rental area” and should be of an amount that will eliminate all incentive to land speculation. It is not always either (...)
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  27. added 2014-05-18
    Walter Horn (1984). Libertarianism and Private Property in Land I. American Journal of Economics and Sociology 43 (3):341-356.
    The positions on private landownership of two libertarian scholars thought to have a wide following in that movement are examined The libertarians —Murray Rothbard and Robert Nozick—hold positions which are untenable. Rothbard's theory is almost indistinguishable from John Locke's and rests on the labor theory of ownership and the admixture theory of labor; standards which are too vague. Nozick believes that making something valuable gives a right of ownership, but again the standard is too ambiguous. And it is necessary to (...)
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  28. added 2014-05-15
    Robert Keith Shaw & Guo-Hai Chen (2014). Laughing in Chinese. [REVIEW] Humor 27 (1):167-170.
    Santangelo, Paulo (ed.). 2012.Laughing in Chinese.Rome: Aracne Editrice. 472pp. €26. ISBN 97888 548 46203. This book of 15 papers is divided into four parts: humor in Chinese and Japanese literary works, examples of comic literature, the moral involvement of humor, and the psychology of humor. Santangelo provides a substantial introduction to smiles and laughter in the Chinese context and also to the papers in his book (pp. 5–28). This structure lends itself to a description and analysis of smiling and laughing (...)
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  29. added 2014-05-07
    Donald C. Hubin (2003). Daddy Dilemmas: Untangling the Puzzles of Paternity. Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 13 (29):29-80.
    Though most children can easily answer the question, "Who's your daddy?", the concept of paternity is complex and multifaceted. Courts have stumbled in answering it. In order to ground paternal rights and obligations in a satisfactory way, we need to disaggregate the various elements of stereotypical paternity. It is not sufficient merely to separate social from biological paternity. The latter concept, itself, is complex. We need to separate the procreative element of paternity from the genetic relationship.
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