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Politics, liberty, justice, property, rights, law, and the enforcement of a legal code by authority, or not.
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The literature concerning the history of ideas usually takes Ancient Greek thought as the starting point and moves forward towards contemporary thought. In this timeline it is a common attitude to focus on male philosophers and underwrite about the contribution of female philosophers. However, it should be noted that if Diotima of Mantinea never ex...
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At the confluence of the philosophy of education and social/political philosophy lies the question of how we should educate the next generation of philosophy professors. Part of the question involves how broad such an education should be in order to educate teachers with the ability to, themselves, educate citizens competent to function in a divers...
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John Dewey (1859 - 1952) was the dominant voice in American philosophy through the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the nascent years of the Cold War. With a professional career spanning three generations and a profile that no public intellectual has operated on in the U.S. since, Dewey's biographer Robert Westbrook accurately describes him as...
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12 new essays evaluating Agamben's work from a postcolonial perspective. Svirsky and Bignall assemble leading figures to explore the rich philosophical linkages and the political concerns shared by Agamben and postcolonial theory. Agamben's theories of the 'state of exception' and 'bare life' are situated in critical relation to the existence of th...
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When I was a graduate student I would occasionally get to my Inter-mediate Logic class a few minutes early and find my professor, William Wisdom, plucking away at his banjo. He mainly played instrumental music for us but once I heard him sing a self-descriptive verse in which he sang of himself as a 'logic-teaching', 'banjo-playing' professor. For...
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This paper explores the problem of racial privilege in US American feminist thought. Drawing on Gayatri Spivak’s analysis of ethics, particularly her ideas of epistemic discontinuity and teleopoietic reading, I argue that a specific kind of ethical openness can help feminist social-political philosophy better negotiate the legacy of white privilege...
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Hegel has long been considered both the father of art history and the prophet of art’s end. This chapter explains this hybrid reputation and argues that a misunderstanding of both what Hegel means by the “end of art” and the “end of history” prevents us from understanding art’s role in his philosophical idealism. It argues that art has three kinds...
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This book offers a unique method for teaching ethics and social/political philosophy by combining primary texts and resource material along with three philosophical novels so that students can apply the abstract principles to real-life situations. A sample syllabus and sample assignments are provided. This second edition contains an additional teac...
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Confronted by the White supremacists who had murdered their loved ones in June 2015, many of the family members of those killed at Mother Immanuel AME Church spoke words of forgiveness. The families’ actions sparked sharp responses. In this essay, I will argue that critical responses misunderstood the practice of Black Christian forgiveness. I clai...
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This book offers a unique method for teaching ethics and social/political philosophy by combining primary texts and resource material along with three philosophical novels so that students can apply the abstract principles to real-life situations. Boylan provides a preface to introduce instructors in how to effectively put together a course in ethi...
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This volume explores the work and thought of Edith Stein (1891–1942). It discusses in detail, and from new perspectives, the traditional areas of her thinking, including her ideas about women/feminism, theology, and metaphysics. In addition, it introduces readers to new and/or understudied areas of her thought, including her views on history, and h...
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In the history of Kierkegaard studies, A Literary Review has often been hailed as the Danish philosopher's main contribution to the field of social-political philosophy. Although this aspect of the work has been explored in some detail, only few commentators have taken the time to study the background of it, i.e., the book which Kierkegaard purport...
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Libertarianism emerged from the classical liberal tradition of social–political philosophy, as a purified or more consistent version of its pedigree.
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Etude de l'opposition dialectique entre l'atomisme (synonyme d'individualisme) et le holisme (synonyme d'universalisme) dans le domaine de la philosophie politique et de la philosophie sociale, en general, et dans la tentative de reconciliation des deux perspectives au sein de la conception de la societe post-contractuelle chez Rousseau, en particu...
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This timely book by internationally regarded scholar of ethics and social/political philosophy Michael Boylan focuses on the history, application, and significance of human rights in the West and in China. Boylan engages the key current philosophical debates prevalent in human rights discourse today and draws them together to argue for the existenc...
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Which concepts should we use to think and talk about the world, and to do all of the other things that mental and linguistic representation facilitates? This is the guiding question of the field that we call ‘conceptual ethics’. Conceptual ethics is not often discussed as its own systematic branch of normative theory. A case can nevertheless be mad...
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Which concepts should we use to think and talk about the world and to do all of the other things that mental and linguistic representation facilitates? This is the guiding question of the field that we call ‘conceptual ethics’. Conceptual ethics is not often discussed as its own systematic branch of normative theory. A case can nevertheless be made...
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In this paper I attempt to answer the question: What is interdisciplinary communication? I attempt to answer this question, rather than what some might consider the ontologically prior question—what is interdisciplinarity (ID)?—for two reasons: (1) there is no generally agreed-upon definition of ID; and (2) one’s views regarding interdisciplinary c...
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Before asking what U.S. bioethics might learn from a more comprehensive and more nuanced understanding of Islamic religion, history, and culture, a prior question is, how should bioethics think about religion? Two sets of commonly held assumptions impede further progress and insight. The first involves what "religion" means and how one should study...
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The increasing emergence, re-emergence, and spread of deadly infectious diseases which pose health, economic, security and ethical challenges for states and people around the world, has given rise to an important global debate. The actual or potential burden of infectious diseases is sometimes so great that governments treat them as threats to nati...
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:This article addresses the role of the imagination in moral development, focusing on the writings of Ella Lyman Cabot, a student of Josiah Royce. Her work in the fields of ethics and social-political philosophy, reflected in her Everyday Ethics (1906) complements, and in many cases, anticipates the way in which Dewey, James and Royce describe the...
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Feinberg's “methodological individualism”French and his criticsConclusion
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This essay is intended as a companion-piece to my article, “Reality in Common Sense: Reflections on Realism and Anti-Realism from a ‘Common Sense Naturalist’ Perspective.” (Philosophical Investigations, Vol. 25, No. 4 (October 2002). It explores the epistemological dimension of the Common Sense Naturalism that I developed in that earlier, predomina...
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Philosophy of technology is gaining recognition as an important field of philosophical scrutiny. This essay addresses the import of philosophy of technology in two ways. First, it seeks elucidate the place of technology within ontology, epistemology, and social/political philosophy. I argue technology inhabits an essential place in these fields. Th...
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Although social networks exist in every society, they are widely believed to play a different and more prominent role in Asian societies, especially those with a Confucian heritage, than in Western states, particularly Western states with mature capitalist economies, liberal democratic political systems with robust civil societies, and well develop...
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Philosophical Theory and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights examines the relations and interrelations among theoretical and practical analyses of human rights. Edited by William Sweet, this volume draws on the works of philosophers, political theorists and those involved in the implementation of human rights. The essays, although diverse in...
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The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14.2 (2000) 87-103 In The Second Sex, her 1949 magnum opus, Simone de Beauvoir argued that women are confined to an inferior role, not by nature, but by men who, for their own advantage, define women as the Other through laws and culture: "[W]hat defines woman's situation in a singular manner is that, being lik...