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Nov 24th 2014 GMT
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  1. Béatrice Han-Pile, Freedom and the Choice to Choose Oneself in Being and Time.
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Nov 23rd 2014 GMT
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  1. Marie I. Kaiser, Maria Kronfeldner & Robert Meunier, Problems and Prospects of Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Science: An Opinionated Report From the Workbench.
    Early-career philosophers of science often find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place, facing conflicting demands. While they have to meet the rigorous standards of a career in philosophy, they are at the same time expected to possess detailed knowledge of the sciences they study. By pulling in different directions, these two poles can be difficult to bridge. Interdisciplinarily engaged philosophers of science face not just an increased workload but also institutional conditions that are not always supportive for (...)
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  2. A. T. Nuyen, Is Internet Access a Human Right?
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Nov 21st 2014 GMT
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    Aida Míguez Barciela, ¿Qué Es la Pólis? Una Isla (A Propósito de la Fundación de Cirene En Las Odas de Píndaro).
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Nov 20th 2014 GMT
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    Franz Dietrich, Christian List & Richard Bradley, A Unified Characterization of Belief-Revision Rules.
    This paper characterizes several belief-revision rules in a unified framework: Bayesian revision upon learning some event, Jeffrey revision upon learning new probabilities of some events, Adams revision upon learning some new conditional probabilities, and 'dual-Jeffrey' revision upon learning a new conditional probability function. Despite their differences, these revision rules can be characterized in terms of the same two axioms: responsiveness, which requires that revised beliefs incorporate what has been learnt, and conservativeness, which requires that beliefs on which the learnt input (...)
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    Clayton Littlejohn, A Note Concerning Conciliationism and Self-Defeat: A Reply to Matheson.
    A reply to Matheson on conciliationism and the self-defeat objection. I argue that the problems that Matheson discusses derive from his evidentialist assumptions, not from conciliationism.
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    Chuang Liu, Fictionalism, Realism, Empiricism on Scientific Models.
    This paper defends an approach to modeling and models in science that is against model fictionalism of a recent stripe (the “new fictionalism” that takes models to be abstract entities that are analogous to works of fiction). It further argues that there is a version of fictionalism on models to which my approach is neutral and which only makes sense if one adopts a special sort of antirealism (e.g. constructive empiricism). Otherwise, my approach strongly suggests that one stays away from (...)
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    Jeffrey White, Autonomous Reboot: The Challenges of Artificial Moral Agency and the Ends of Machine Ethics.
    Ryan Tonkens (2009) has issued a seemingly impossible challenge, to articulate a comprehensive ethical framework within which artificial moral agents (AMAs) satisfy a Kantian inspired recipe - both "rational" and "free" - while also satisfying perceived prerogatives of Machine Ethics to create AMAs that are perfectly, not merely reliably, ethical. Challenges for machine ethicists have also been presented by Anthony Beavers and Wendell Wallach, who have pushed for the reinvention of traditional ethics in order to avoid "ethical nihilism" due to (...)
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Nov 19th 2014 GMT
volume 44, issue 12, 2014
  1. Décio Krause & Jonas R. B. Arenhart, Separability and Non-Individuality: Is It Possible to Conciliate (At Least A Form Of) Einstein's Realism with Quantum Mechanics?
    In this paper we argue that physical theories, including quantum mechanics, refer to some kind of ‘objects’, even if only implicitly. We raise questions about the logico-mathematical apparatuses commonly employed in such theories, bringing to light some metaphysical presuppositions underlying such apparatuses. We point out to some incongruities in the discourse holding that quantum objects would be entities of some ‘new kind’ while still adhering to the logico-mathematical framework we use to deal with classical objects. The use of such apparatus (...)
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volume 43, issue 6, 2014
  1. Carl Wagner & Mark Shattuck, An Impossibility Theorem for Allocation Aggregation.
    Among the many sorts of problems encountered in decision theory, allocation problems occupy a central position. Such problems call for the assignment of a nonnegative real number to each member of a finite (more generally, countable) set of entities, in such a way that the values so assigned sum to some fixed positive real number s. Familiar cases include the problem of specifying a probability mass function on a countable set of possible states of the world (s=1), and the distribution (...)
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    Danny Frederick, Values in Education and the Community.
    The UK School Curriculum and Assessment Authority proposes a set of values to which everyone can subscribe, which can provide schools with a secure basis for the provision of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. The proposal is misguided. The code would be determined by political negotiation, which would bring the whole idea of moral education into disrepute, and it would be an impediment to moral advancement, which requires trial and error experimentation. Imposing a code on all state schools would (...)
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Nov 18th 2014 GMT
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  1. Arthur Danto, The Politics of Imagination.
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 1988, given by Arthur Danto, an American philosopher.
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  2. J. N. Findlay, The Systematic Unity of Value.
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 1968, given by Jose Ferrater Mora (1903-1987), a South African philosopher.
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  3. Raymond Geuss, Must Criticism Be Constructive?
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 2012, given by philosopher Raymond Geuss.
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  4. Poul Holm, Arne Jarrick & Dominic Scott, The Humanities World Report 2015.
    This book is open access under a CC BY license. The first of its kind, this 'Report' gives an overview of the humanities worldwide. Published as an Open Access title and based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews conducted with 90 humanities scholars across 40 countries, the book offers a first step in attempting to assess the state of the humanities globally. Its topics include the nature and value of the humanities, the challenge of globalisation, the opportunities offered (...)
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  5. Samuel Scheffler, Families, Nations, and Strangers.
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 1994, given by Samuel Scheffler, an American philosopher.
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  6. Dominic Scott, Aristotle on the Good Life.
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  7. Dominic Scott, Book Notes: Plato.
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  8. Onora O'Neill, Civic and Cosmopolitan Justice.
    This is the text of The Lindley Lecture for 2000, given by Onora O'Neill, a British philosopher.
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Nov 17th 2014 GMT
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  1. Andrew Huddleston, Beyond Judgment: Expanding Aesthetic Normativity.
    Event synopsis: The normative force of aesthetic perception, deliberation and judgement has been a topic of discussion in philosophy for many centuries: Aristotle writes of the universal elements of aesthetic value; Hume discusses how we can account for wide-spread agreements about taste and establish criteria for aesthetic normativity; and Kant urges us to resolve the Antinomy of Taste and explains why aesthetic judgements “lay claim to universal assent” in terms steeped in his philosophy of mind. More recently, however, the power (...)
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  2. Andrew Huddleston, Book Review: "Empathy: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives", by Amy Coplan and Peter Goldie (Oxford University Press, 2011). [REVIEW]
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  3. Andrew Huddleston, Book Review: "Scruton's Aesthetics", by Andy Hamilton and Nick Zangwill (Palgrave & Macmillan, 2012). [REVIEW]
    Few philosophers have published at the impressively prolific rate that Roger Scruton has. Of the forty-two books by Scruton listed in a special bibliography at the end of Scruton’s Aesthetics, no fewer than nine of them have been devoted to topics in aesthetics. The present volume, edited by Andy Hamilton and Nick Zangwill, arises out of a 2008 conference devoted to Scruton’s seminal work in this field. While sympathetic in tone, the majority of the essays critically engage with Scruton’s views (...)
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  4. Andrew Huddleston & E. Lord, Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose: Friday Night Lights and the Value of Inspiration.
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  5. Andrew Huddleston, Erlösung Dem Erlöser.
    Book synopsis: This volume documents the cultural-philosophical, aesthetic, and political dimensions of the confrontation between Nietzsche and Wagner from contemporary sources. It is the first comprehensive review to be published since the 1980s. Besides the aesthetic and cultural-philosophical dimensions of their differences, the issue of anti-Semitism is also explored, for which Wagner’s essay “Judaism in Music” is paradigmatic.
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  6. Andrew Huddleston, Finding Content in Absolute Music.
    Event synopsis: The use of gesticulation has always been a means by which human beings have expressed themselves. Being bodily rather than conceptual its logos lies outside language. Within the fields of art and aesthetics, gesture implies an opening process as a distinctive way of cognition as well as an approach to a particular quality of some works. When François Lyotard connects the artwork with gesture, he underlines that the work creates itself through gesture, through process and Roland Barthes links (...)
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  7. Andrew Huddleston, Kunstreligion Redeemed: From Religion to Art in Wagner's Parsifal.
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  8. Andrew Huddleston, Normativity and the Will to Power: Challenges for a Nietzschean Constitutivism.
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  9. Andrew Huddleston, Nietzsche on Decadence and its Remedies.
    Event synopsis: This conference will explore Friedrich Nietzsche's critical relation to Kantian political philosophy. Taking 'Kantian politics' to include modern and contemporary Kantian theories as well as Kant's own theories, the conference will examine Nietzsche's engagement with such Kantian themes as autonomy and rights, equality and democracy, morality and politics, war and cosmopolitanism, history and anthropology. The speakers are renowned scholars of political philosophy from the United States and Europe, and the format of the conferences involves the pre-circulation of papers (...)
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  10. Andrew Huddleston, Nietzsche on the Decadence of Individuals and Cultures.
    In 1872 Nietzsche shocked the European philological community with the publication of the Birth of Tragedy. In this fervid first book Nietzsche looked to ancient Greek culture in the hope of finding the path to a revitalization of modern German culture. Cultural health was at this point unquestionably his paramount concern. Yet postwar Nietzsche scholarship has typically held that after his Untimely Meditations which followed soon after, Nietzsche’s philosophy took a sharply individualist turn—an interpretation largely due to Walter Kaufmann’s noble (...)
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  11. Andrew Huddleston, Truth and the Ambitions of Great Art.
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Nov 15th 2014 GMT
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  1. A. T. Nuyen, Confucianism, the Idea of Min-Pen, and Democracy.
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  2. A. T. Nuyen, Faking the Real and Realizing the Fake: From Virtual Reality to Hyperreality.
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Nov 14th 2014 GMT
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    Benjamin Smart, Dr.
    Take strong open-future Humeanism (OFH) to comprise the following three tenets: (i) that truth supervenes on being (ii) that there is a dynamic present moment, and (iii) that there are no future facts; that is, contingent propositions about the future obtain truth values only when their referents are actualised (Tooley 1997). On the face of it this is a deeply problematic metaphysic - if there are no future facts then prima facie the Humean can neither provide laws of nature, nor (...)
     
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Nov 13th 2014 GMT
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  1. Alexander Broadie, Adam Ferguson on Human Nature and Enlightened Governance.
    An account, based principally on Ferguson's Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767), of his concept of enlightened governance, and of the relation between that concept and his concept of human nature.
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    Peter G. Jones, The Case of the Missing Ingredient.
    As a fan of Sherlock Holmes from a young age it occurred to me recently to wonder what the great detective would have made of the 'hard' problem of consciousness. Here is one possible scenario.
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Nov 12th 2014 GMT
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  1. Lubomira V. Radoilska, Review of 'Belief and Agency'. [REVIEW]
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  2. Lubomira V. Radoilska, Weakness of Will.
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  3. Steven Segal, Business Feel : Leading Paradigm Shifts in Organisations.
    Just as a musician needs a feel for music, so managers need a feel for the business of the organisation. The question is: how do we develop our feeling for the business? Through the use of examples of eminent CEOs, Business Feel: Leading Paradigm Shifts in Organisations outlines a variety of skills involved in the development of business feel. It shows how CEOs developed their business attunement in moments of change where they could not take old habits of doing things (...)
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  4. Julia Tanney, Achilles and the Tortoise, Rule-Following, and the Intellectualist Legend.
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  5. Julia Tanney, Causation Vs. Reasons in Action Explanation.
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Nov 11th 2014 GMT
volume 1, issue 6, 2014
  1. Lionel Shapiro, Assertoric Force Perspectivalism: Relativism Without Relative Truth.
    According to relativist accounts of discourse about, e.g., epistemic possibility and matters of taste, the truth of propositions must be relativized to nonstandard parameters. This paper argues that the central thrust of such accounts should be understood independently of relative truth, in terms of a perspectival account of assertoric force. My point of departure is a stripped-down version of Brandom’s analysis of the normative structure of discursive practice. By generalizing that structure, I make room for an analogue of the “assessment (...)
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  1. Michael Caie, Calibration and Probabilism.
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  2. Christopher Hitchcock & Joel D. Velasco, Evolutionary and Newtonian Forces.
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  3. Jennifer Hornsby, The Politics We Live By: Leveson and Women.
    If ‘Leveson and Women’ were a headline in a tabloid newspaper, a salacious story would probably follow. ‘Leveson and Women’ is my title, but I have nothing salacious to say, although I shall talk about the scandalous behaviour of the British press. I gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press. I write here about how I came to do so, about how the inquiry came into being, and about the controversy that the (...)
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  4. Franz Huber & Jonathan Weisberg, Introducing Ergo.
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  5. Paul Lodge, Leibniz's Mill Argument Against Mechanical Materialism Revisited.
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  6. P. D. Magnus, Science and Rationality for One and All.
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Nov 10th 2014 GMT
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    Mark Eli Kalderon, Monism and Pluralism.
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Nov 9th 2014 GMT
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    Emanuele Serrelli, The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: A Metascientific View of Evolutionary Biology, and Some Directions to Transcend its Limits.
    To approach the issue of the recent proposal of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis (EES) put forth by Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd Müller, I suggest to consider the EES as a metascientific view: a description of what’s new in how evolutionary biology is carried out, not only a description of recently learned aspects of evolution. Knowing ‘what is it to do research’ in evolutionary biology, today versus yesterday, can aid training, research and career choices, establishment of relationships and collaborations, decision of (...)
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Nov 7th 2014 GMT
New books
  1. Thomas Crowther & Clare Mac Cumhail (eds.) (forthcoming). Perceptual Ephemera.
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