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  1. Diversity" as "Poise": Toward a Renewed "Ethics of Diversity.Amrita Banerjee - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):243-262.
    With increasing awareness of social pluralism and a greater number of academic institutions committing to it, "diversity" figures heavily in contemporary academic contexts of the United States. This essay is a philosophical interrogation of diversity and intends to reveal certain undertheorized dimensions of the concept. Attending to these dimensions can potentially refashion an institutional space such that it is better able to sustain diversity on a long-term basis. While my analysis speaks directly to institutions of higher learning in the United (...)
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    The Environmental Conditions of Agency: John Dewey and Jane Jacobs on Diversity and the Modern Urban Landscape.Whitney Howell - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):263-284.
    The rapid industrialization of the nineteenth century transformed conditions of life in the Western world. It made possible an unprecedented scale of production that demanded new forms of labor and continuous innovation and populated the landscape with evidence of technological prowess. These dramatic changes affected how individuals conceived of themselves and their capabilities. On the one hand, they augmented the power of the individual in relation to the world: scientific discoveries and technological innovations brought natural forces under human control and (...)
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    Royce on Self and Relationships: Speaking to the Digital and Texting Self of Today.Jacquelyn Ann Kegley - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):285-303.
    Technology brings both positive and negative benefits for humankind. It is not surprising, then, that the new technologies of the Internet, social media, and the ever-present cell phone incite some serious philosophical questions. These questions center on concepts of self and relationships with self and others. First, how is Internet and phone technology impacting our concept of the self? Second, how has this technology changed the way we relate to each other? What kind of sense of community and understanding of (...)
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    Lingering: Pleasure, Desire, and Life in Kant's Critique of Judgment.Robert Lehman - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):217-242.
    So just what Dante scorns as unworthy alike of heaven and hell, Botticelli accepts, that middle world in which men take no side in great conflicts, and decide no great causes, and make great refusals.In what follows, I examine a notion of desire that, I shall claim, is implicit in Immanuel Kant's theorization of aesthetic judgment in the Critique of Judgment.1 At first, this undertaking is likely to seem misguided. After all, Kant grounds his attempt to provide an a priori (...)
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    The Potentiality of Apperception.Rasmus Ugilt - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (2):304-322.
    One of the more interesting philosophical debates today centers on the concept of potentiality. The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has been one of the main driving forces behind the renewed interest in the concept, as he has made his own particular understanding of potentiality a crucial tool for his analyses in the book series on Homo Sacer.1 Agamben developed his understanding of potentiality through a striking reading of Aristotle that goes against the grain of certain generally accepted truths of Aristotelianism. (...)
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    The Actuality of Philosophy Thought Over Once Again.Vincent M. Colapietro - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):3.
    While the title of this article in part echoes that of Theodor Adorno's inaugural address at the University of Frankfurt in 1931, the article itself carries more echoes of G. W. F. Hegel than of a thinker who was one of his most able critics and penetrating expositors. In the end, however, my position is closer to that of Adorno and, indeed, William James and John Dewey than Hegel: "If, with the disintegration of all security within great philosophy, experiment makes (...)
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    Looking Back From the Year 2117: America, Philosophy, and Hope.Megan Craig - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):21.
    The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings, on the walk in the street and the passage over the river, The current rushing so swiftly and swimming with me far away, The others that are to follow me, the ties between me and them, The certainty of others, the life, love, sight, hearing of others.In 1996 Richard Rorty wrote a short article entitled "Looking Backwards from the Year 2096." He begins his analysis of how America has shifted (...)
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    Academic Philosophy and the Pursuit of Genuine Dialogue: Embracing Radical Friction.Lori Gallegos de Castillo - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):92.
    Academic philosophy in the United States is largely lacking in diversity.1 A lack of diversity among practitioners is likely both a cause and a consequence of a persistent lack of diversity in the work that makes up the canon, many college syllabi and textbooks, top-tier journal publications, and the areas of specialization represented in most philosophy departments. This situation inevitably results in a discipline that does not adequately reflect or address the experiences, concerns, and perspectives of many people outside of (...)
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    Filling the Hole in Sense: Between Art and Philosophy.Robert E. Innis - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):50-69.
    On the last page of the chapter "The Challenge to Philosophy," in Dewey's 1934 Art as Experience, we find the following passage: "My intention throughout this chapter has not been to criticize various philosophies of art as such, but to elicit the significance that art has for philosophy in its broadest scope. For philosophy like art moves in the medium of imaginative mind, and, since art is the most direct and complete manifestation there is of experience as experience, it provides (...)
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    Filling the Hole in Sense: Between Art and Philosophy. Innis - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):50.
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    Africana Philosophy as Prolegomenon to Any Future American Philosophy.Amir R. Jaima - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):151.
    There is a paradox at the heart American philosophy that demands confrontation: while it implicitly purports to be a progressive cultural phenomenon—increasing knowledge and thereby contributing to the moral universe's "arc toward justice"—a racist discourse, as inextricable as a shadow, silently subtends the intellectual landscape.1 This is not merely a political concern, a lament about the demographics of the academy. The generous scholar, of course, might concede that there exists a body of figures and texts that make up something like (...)
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    Giving Voice to Philosophy.John Lysaker - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):131.
    Are we reduced to the dilemma of either the predicable or the ineffable?Bear with me: I rarely feel as if extant debates allow me to situate myself, so permit me a different course. Resolutions: Philosophy moves across a scene of voices, perhaps despite "philosophy," which has proved, in certain ways, disinterested in voice, in its inevitable particularities, averse, perhaps, to how voice calls attention to itself—as if that were a distraction, at best an ornament, but even then, an impurity in (...)
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    In Praise of Pagan Virtues: Toward a Renewed Philosophical Pedagogy.Mary Magada-Ward - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):200.
    It is my claim that an essential part of our obligation as teachers and scholars of philosophy is to cultivate in ourselves and our students a sense of wonder—or what Dewey calls "the old pagan virtue" of gratitude —in the very possibility of human flourishing and scientific discovery.1 In advancing this claim, I am not asking philosophers to abdicate our traditional, and always necessary, critical role.2 Instead, I am urging us to remember that the ultimate point of criticism is to (...)
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    New Descriptions, New Possibilities.Lee A. Mcbride Iii - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):168-178.
    In “Race, Multiculturalism, and Democracy,” Robert Gooding-Williams offers an insight. He writes: “Our sense of ourselves and of the possibilities existing for us is, to a significant degree, a function of the descriptions we have available to us to conceptualize our intended actions and prospective lives. . . . ‘Hence if new modes of description come into being, new possibilities of action come into being in consequence.’” In this article, I discuss the philosopher’s role in the articulation of new descriptions (...)
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    Force, Nonviolence, and Communication in the Pragmatism of Bhimrao Ambedkar.Scott R. Stroud - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):112.
    Pragmatism, assumed to be mostly American in its most important forms, is said to be especially focused on issues of community. In the political realm, certain forms of communal interaction are praised under the rubric of "democracy." John Dewey extols free communication in Experience and Nature and attempts to define democracy "as a way of life" in texts as early as his 1888 "Ethics of Democracy" or as late as his 1939 "Creative Democracy—The Task Before Us." Central to such a (...)
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    Lost, Looking Around, and Looking Ahead.John J. Stuhr - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):35.
    More than one hundred years ago in a 1917 essay titled "The Need for a Recovery of Philosophy," American philosopher John Dewey wrote: I believe that philosophy in America will be lost between chewing a historic cud long since reduced to woody fibre, or an apologetics for lost causes, or a scholastic, schematic formalism, unless it can somehow bring to consciousness America's own needs and its own implicit principle of successful action. This need and principle, I am convinced, is the (...)
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    Tasks of Philosophy - Looking Ahead: Editor's Introduction.John J. Stuhr - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):1.
    The articles that follow, richly interwoven and marked by a great many cross-references and efforts to think together, all consider the tasks, challenges, and possibilities for philosophy—different philosophies—in the future. All manifest a constructive or reconstructive orientation toward multiple, overlapping aspects of this topic. These include political opportunities and responsibilities of philosophy and philosophers in the face of cultural silencings and silences, presences and absences, and dominations and struggles; ethical challenges of transformation in light of histories of complicities and lineages (...)
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    Border Arte Philosophy: Altogether Beyond Philosophy.Nancy Tuana & Charles Scott - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):70.
    Only what has no history is definable.He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.We enter the silence, go inward, attend to feelings and to the inner cenote, the creative reservoir where earth, female, and water energies merge. Through our artworks we cross the border into other subjective levels of awareness, shift into different and new terrains of Mestizaje.Some (...)
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  19. Trump, Propaganda, and the Politics of Ressentiment.Cory Wimberly - 2018 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 32 (1):179.
    This article frames Trump's politics through a genealogy of propaganda, going back to P.T. Barnum in the 19th century and moving through the crowd psychologist Gustave Le Bon and the public relations counsel Edward Bernays in the 20th. This genealogy shows how propaganda was developed as a tool by eager professionals who would hire themselves to the elite to control the masses. Trump’s propaganda presents a break in that he has not only removed professionals from control over his propaganda, he (...)
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