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1 - 14 / 14 2016-07-04Dan Demetriou
University of Minnesota, MorrisNot out of umbrage so much as a deep concern over ideological censorship in philosophy, I want to publicly note and respond to the negative referee reports this paper has received (when graced with a report at all----it was desk rejected multiple times without comment). I believe the comments I quote below, compared with a reading of the paper itself, will reveal that it was rejected for ideological reasons, and that the paper warrants publication and indeed engagement.
Background: I co-authored this paper with a student, Michael Prideaux, a queer activist who is now studying non-profit management. I disagree with my coauthor on many matters, but we agree on the importance of principles, consistency, and reasoning in ethical debate. Unfortunately, our referee(s) believe in gate-keeping and stifling views they find "troubling." I waited to post a public reply until he was in grad school so as to shield him from controversy.
Below I will quote the only two referee reports I received. I wi ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Derek Allan, 2016-07-05 : This is not a comment on the quality of the referees’ reports – though on a quick reading it does seem to me that you ma... (read more)
- Dan Demetriou, 2016-07-05 : Thank you for your observation, Derek.&I agree. The terminology around this issue is minefield, and there are many shibb... (read more)
- Dan Demetriou, 2016-07-05 : Readers: Sorry for the typos. I hurriedly wrote this in rural Cameroon, where electricity is spotty, and couldn't pr... (read more)
- Tim O'Keefe, 2016-07-07 : For future reference, there is an extensive discussion of the reports and whether they're ideological policing at Da... (read more)
Birkbeck CollegeIf you have any thoughts, comments or questions about this paper, let me know!
North Carolina State UniversityIf you come across this paper while researching philosophy of love, you should watch this: https://youtu.be/ykxNI137sPk
University of California, Los Angeles
THINKING GENDER 2015
The 25th edition of CSW’s Annual Graduate Research Conference will take place over two days, April 23&24, and will feature a keynote address, reception, networking luncheon, workshops, and a poster session.
THINKING GENDER 2015, CSW’s 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, promises to strengthen scholarly networks and inspire lively conversation. To help make this landmark anniversary a memorable success, we have expanded the conference to a two-day schedule at UCLA’s Covel Commons and added a keynote address, poster exhibition, awards for papers and posters, student travel grants, workshops, and more.
We will open the conference with a keynote address, “Body Modifications: Violence, Labor, and the Subject of Feminism,” by Rebecca M. Herzig, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Chair of the Program in Women and Gender Studies at Bates College (http://
www.bates.edu/gender/faculty/rebecca-m-herzig/), from 2 to 3:15 pm. The keyno ... (read more)
2015-03-09Mark Johnson Taclahan
San Carlos SeminaryCan anyone suggest a good source/reference about the discussion of Edith Stein's conception of soul and women, probably a critique or commentary about her existent essays?Latest replies:
- Cora Cruz, 2015-03-22 : I recently read a good paper by Kris McDaniel of Syracuse University, entitled Edith Stein: On the Problem of Empathy, d... (read more)
- Andrew Philip Albers, 2016-10-31 : You will have to decide if this is good or not. http://www.laici.va/content/dam/laici/documenti/donna/filosofia/eng... (read more)
2015-02-01Terence Rajivan Edward
University of ManchesterI have noticed a small literature on Okin's objection to libertarianism. But I question whether this should be discussed under the heading of "Okin's objection". A very similar objection has been around for centuries by Robert Filmer, which the author briefly mentions but does not present. Filmer's objection is now discussed under the heading of the paradox of self-ownership.
It says that, given common knowledge, we cannot endorse both these propositions, which are essential to (standard?) libertarianism:
(1) Each person owns themselves.
(2) Each person owns the products of their labour.
According to Filmer, a person is the product of their parents' labour so they do not own themselves by (2).
Okin's version says that a person is the product of their mother's labour so they do not own themselves. (It seems she does not give a male parent even 0.000001% labour contribution.)
If the focus is mainly on whether a libertarian can say that individuals are self-owners, I feel it is unfair to discus ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Terence Rajivan Edward, 2015-02-04 : Um, a correction, the history is way more complicated than I thought. I looked at the sources and it seems that Robert F... (read more)
- Ian Stuart, 2015-03-09 : As a long-time Anarchist (or libertarian communist) I find the concept of ownership problematic enough without rai... (read more)
Portland State University
The writing describes a new sort of individual, “a delude”. People like Hitler would well fit the description. He was mentally healthy, however overwhelmed by grossly deluded opinions.
Here is the description from the text:
"Even when a person is born possessing a healthy mental state, the familial and environmental assault during childhood with deluded opinions and behavior can be the basis for an individual to develop into a delude, an individual in a deluded mental state. In this writing, the label fool, or imbecile, is sometimes interchangeable with the underlying primary conditions of the delude. A fool is predisposed to accept deluded opinions as true; however, he or she can have an overall good awareness of social norms and laws that he or she learned to comply with. A fool is not, because of his mental condition alone, a villain. In contrast, the delude typically develops overwhelming extreme views. These views can be held as more important than any social or legal consideration ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Ian Stuart, 2015-01-21 : Absolutely.&However there are major issues here. I think, to paraphrase Foucault a little, the centre (norm, socia... (read more)
- Joseph Krenz, 2015-02-07 : Thanks for your response. During years, I gathered a bunch of notes on the unfortunate condition of human nature... (read more)
- Ian Stuart, 2015-02-17 : Dear Yoji Awesome. I think you are onto something. And it is something important in the contemporary world... (read more)
- Tami Williams, 2016-06-21 : I'm a psychologist (dr of philosophy not dr in philosophy). I find Hitler, like some odd bohemian friends of... (read more)
University of California, Los AngelesTHINKING GENDER 2015, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Call for presentations: Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices
How have feminist approaches altered the existing understanding of scientific knowledge and practices? Celebrating the 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Thinking Gender 2015 invites submissions for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and posters on topics that focus on the participation and/or contribution of marginalized individuals or groups who have been historically excluded from knowledge production. We welcome papers and posters—across all disciplines and historical periods—that engage with the concept of the body as a contested site intersecting with gender, race, sexuality, and identity and how it is related to certain agencies in particular contexts. We invite scholarship engaging the following topics or others related to the conference theme of "Power, Contested Knowledge, and Fe ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Domingos Dos Santos Da Silva Bengo, 2014-12-01 : Hi dears! In relation to the "Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices" conference, can we submit pa... (read more)
- Chien-Ling Liu, 2014-12-01 : As the conference is for English-speaking audience, we would need you to submit and present the paper in English. The pr... (read more)
university of peshawarDear all, can anyone suggest me source material on anti-essentialism discussed from a socialist feminist perspective. I am trying to develop a framework incorporating anti-essentialist, socialist feminist approaches.
University of Edinburgh
So I'm currently writing my thesis, which Andy Clark is supervising, and all seems to be going well, but I was just wondering if people had any critical thoughts on the topic. My current abstract is below:
In The Extended Mind (1998, p18), Clark and Chalmers wrote that ‘‘As with any reconception of ourselves, [the extended mind] will have significant consequences. There are obvious consequences for philosophical views of the mind and for the methodology of research in cognitive science, but there will also be effects in the moral and social domains. It may be, for example, that interfering with someone’s environment will have the same moral significance as interfering with their person.’ (my italics). Little has been done to explore the consequences in these so-called moral and social domains. Problematically, the Extended Mind literature tends to focus on the role of the immediate environment on cognition, typically demonstrating the crucial role ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Letitia Meynell, 2014-08-25 : Cool work! I figured you're probably at this point looking for various academic sources and possible concerns, so I... (read more)
- Walter E. Wright, 2014-08-25 : While this is not especially relevant to your immediate question, I think it worth noting that the idea of "extende... (read more)
- Jordan Tolar Burks, 2014-09-02 : A good read on 'extended mind' is Christopher J. Preston 'Grounding knowledge.' See for example pa... (read more)
- Daniel Clay Davis, 2014-09-12 : It's hard to see how anyone or males in general could be blamed for the linguistic structures of the brain or for th... (read more)
- David Connelly, 2014-09-22 : Wonder if anyone has done an analysis contrasting freighted English words compared similar words of the Seneca, Oneida o... (read more)
Université du Québec à Montreal
University of Southampton(1) That sentient life will one day come to an end is no solace for those sentients existing and suffering today.
(2) Whether it is better to have been or not to have been is a Cartesian koan I can ponder concrerning myself, but not one I have a right to decide concerning another sentient that is or has been; all the less right have I to create or support the creation of another sentient, out of nothing.
(3) Pain and pleasure are incommensurable; only pain is pertinent to moral musings like these: No number of orgasms (for me) compensates for one fallen sparrow; and, again, the sparrow’s pains or solaces are not for me to weigh -- for the sparrow.
(4) Christianity is particularly self-righteous and presumptuous on such questions, always ready to sanction temporal risk and suffering for the bodies of others for the salvation of their immaterial, immortal souls, sub specie aeternitatis.Latest replies:
- Stevan Harnad, 2014-05-18 : _Revision:_ (1) That sentient life will one day come to an end is no solace for those sentients existing (2) Whether it... (read more)
- Derek Allan, 2014-06-11 : Hi Steve Interesting thoughts.Couple of brief comments: RE: That sentient life will one day come to an end is no solace... (read more)
State University of New York (SUNY)Abstract:
This article points out: “The combination of men and women in families is irrational.” Men and women are two different “species.” They only require sexual activities from each other, which are considered the less time-consuming activities during their lives. Sex must be treated as an enemy of marriage, due to its inferior and treacherous nature, and should not be included in marriage. Men and women should not live together in a family, since this institution must be understood as a permanent place for all family members and is expected to have a solid structure. The traditional family model is the result of men‟s enslavement of women and the exaggeration of the role of sex. This model creates an overwhelming advantage for men in selecting partners, proposing marriage, and other family activities. This article indicates: (i) The prominent family models existing between the group-marriage period and now are sex-based family models. (ii) Technical and social conditions nowadays r ... (read more)
2012-09-24Hi, am reading about surrogate motherhood. it seems to be a good option for those who are not able to give birth to their child for some or other reason. but is it really so. I think there are three parties involved in the issue. one is the couple who want a child, doctor and the woman who is ready to give birth to someone else's child. there are ethical relations between these three. which has to be taken into consideration. In India they call it surrogacy tourism or newly upcoming business. but I don't think so. giving birth to a baby cannot be business at any cost. I wont say that its a holy, pure religious act but this activity have some dignity and therefore cannot be looked at as money making business. but misuse of science have been an problem for long time and this is not an exception. As a student of philosophy can I look at the ethical aspects of the same. if yes from which perspective? is it OK if I use utilitarian theory to talk the positive side of the same.
2011-12-04Geraldina Gonzalez De La Vega
Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfI've read recently Katherine M. Franke's paper, Theorizing Yes: An Essay on Feminism Law and Desire, in which she approaches the idea of repronormativity as a compulsory motherhood (parenthood actually, but she focuses on the feminist approach) In her paper Franke discusses how it is expected that women reproduce herselves and how this issue has been "taken for granted" in the femenist theory. She argues that not every woman actually wants to be a mother, and that this choice is actually like being heterosexual: social forces (heteronormativity) push women into motherhood.
A month ago the ECHR decided in a case S.H.&Others vs. Austria that it is not against the European Convention on Human Rights to deny the use of ova of third person in In vitro fertilisation processes, the argument is that this could disrupt the "normal" development of the child because having two mothers can be specially awkward and it would pose many problems to establish kinship and parental rights.
This makes me wonder ... (read more)Latest replies:
- Jim Stone, 2011-12-06 : My understanding is that there are about 40 families waiting to adoptThere are enough minority families to adopt minorit... (read more)
- Scott Forschler, 2011-12-12 : Jim, frankly your message here is a reflection of the kind of blind paranoia that arises from the stubborn refusal to ac... (read more)
- Jim Stone, 2011-12-12 : You missed my point. What I said was compatible with the view that fetus's do not have a moral right to life. I was... (read more)
- Scott Forschler, 2011-12-12 : Jim, I agree that what you said is *logically compatible* with abortion rights and fetal non-personhood. I never s... (read more)
- Scott Forschler, 2011-12-12 : And I didn't "miss your point." You made several points. I didn't comment on those which m... (read more)
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