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    Engaging Student Relativism.Gerald J. Erion - 2005 - Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies 5 (1):120-133.
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  2. The cartesian test for automatism.Gerald J. Erion - 2001 - Minds and Machines 11 (1):29-39.
    In Part V of his Discourse on the Method, Descartes introduces a test for distinguishing people from machines that is similar to the one proposed much later by Alan Turing. The Cartesian test combines two distinct elements that Keith Gunderson has labeled the language test and the action test. Though traditional interpretation holds that the action test attempts to determine whether an agent is acting upon principles, I argue that the action test is best understood as a test of common (...)
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  3. Amusing ourselves to death with television news: Jon Stewart, Neil Postman, and the Huxleyan Warning.Gerald J. Erion - 2007 - In Jason Holt (ed.), The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News. Blackwell. pp. 5--16.
     
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    Skepticism, Morality and the Matrix.Gerald J. Erion & Barry Smith - 2002 - In W. Irwin (ed.), Philosophy and The Matrix. Open Court. pp. 16-27.
    The Matrix exposes us to the uncomfortable worries of philosophical skepticism in an especially compelling way. However, with a bit more reflection, we can see why we need not share the skeptic’s doubts about the existence of the world. Such doubts are appropriate only in the very special context of the philosophical seminar. When we return to normal life we see immediately that they are groundless. Furthermore, we see also the drastic mistake that Cypher commits in turning his back upon (...)
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  5. Juvenile Hijinks With Serious Subtext.David Valleau Curtis & Gerald J. Erion - 2013 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy: Respect My Philosophah! Wiley.
     
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    Juvenile Hijinks With Serious Subtext.David Valleau Curtis & Gerald J. Erion - 2013-08-26 - In Robert Arp & Kevin S. Decker (eds.), The Ultimate South Park and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 131–142.
    This chapter explores themes like freedom of expression and what makes for a democratic society by examining characters and situations collected from a variety of South Park episodes. It discusses some of the important democratic concepts and arguments presented by thinkers like Karl Popper and Thomas Jefferson. Of particular interest are the roles of free expression and unfettered intellectual inquiry—even when they're offensive—in a democratic society. Finally, the author speaks that Popper and others understand this sort of freedom to be (...)
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  7. Barry Smith an sich.Gerald J. Erion & Gloria Zúñiga Y. Postigo (eds.) - 2017 - Cosmos + Taxis.
    Festschrift in Honor of Barry Smith on the occasion of his 65th Birthday. Published as issue 4:4 of the journal Cosmos + Taxis: Studies in Emergent Order and Organization. Includes contributions by Wolfgang Grassl, Nicola Guarino, John T. Kearns, Rudolf Lüthe, Luc Schneider, Peter Simons, Wojciech Żełaniec, and Jan Woleński.
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    Fake News as Media Theory.Gerald J. Erion - 2020 - In Jason Southworth & Ruth Tallman (eds.), Saturday Night Live and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 187–198.
    Some kinds of “fake news” bits on Saturday Night Live (SNL) become more meaningful when linked back to the work of media theorist Neil Postman. Postman's best‐known book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, argues that TV journalism will inevitably reflect the influences and biases of television itself. The result is an entertaining but incoherent stream of “disinformation” in a “peek‐a‐boo world” of unfocused and shallow discussion. Using Postman's arguments for structure and support here, (...)
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    Finding the Faults of No-Fault Naturalism.Gerald J. Erion - 1997 - Behavior and Philosophy 25 (1):29 - 42.
  10. Kolnai and the Interesting.Gerald J. Erion - 2014 - In G. John M. Abbarno (ed.), Inherent and Instrumental Values: Excursions in Value Inquiry. Lanham: University Press of America.
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    Thinking Critically about College Writing.Gerald J. Erion - 2000 - Teaching Philosophy 23 (1):53-61.
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    Teaching Philosophy of the City.Gerald J. Erion - 2018 - Teaching Philosophy 41 (2):137-150.
    This paper reviews goals, content materials, and other essential elements of a new, experimental philosophy course on the built environment of cities now being developed in Buffalo, New York. Applying traditional philosophical methods, the course adds experiential components and expands philosophy’s scope in ways that promote deep learning about the city. A model unit on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted receives special attention here, as Olmsted’s work in Buffalo and elsewhere invites philosophical treatment—analysis, critical examination, and so on—from scholars, (...)
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    Rallying Against the Conflictinator.Jason Holt & Gerald J. Erion - 2013 - In William Irwin (ed.), The Ultimate Daily Show and Philosophy. Wiley. pp. 5–22.
    While The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is certainly entertaining, it can also deliver a deeper analysis of our contemporary media environment. Stewart's analysis echoes that of the celebrated New York University media theorist Neil Postman, whose discerning insights seem to ground some of The Daily Show's sharpest comic bits. Much of The Daily Show's sharpest comedy requires its audience to grasp a Postman‐like criticism of television news. In addition, Stewart himself seems to offer a more general critique of today's (...)
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