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Autonomy and Rights: The Moral Foundations of Liberalism.

Autonomy and Rights: The Moral Foundations of Liberalism. – book reviews Eric Mack This dense, rich, and philosophically innovative essay aims to provide a new and improved moral justification for classical liberalism understood as the doctrine that each person possesses negative rights which at least normally prevail over other moral considerations in determining what treatment […]

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Thought’s Ego in Augustine and Descartes.

Thought’s Ego in Augustine and Descartes. – book reviews Louis E. Loeb This comparative study of Augustine and Descartes is a welcome addition to the literature. Professor Matthews selects texts judiciously, and his book is accessible to readers not versed in Augustine. He writes with respect for the historical figures. This often results in insightful […]

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Quotation and the use-mention distinction

Quotation and the use-mention distinction Paul Saka Quote marks, I claim, serve to select from the multiple ostensions that are produced whenever any expression is uttered; they act to constrain pragmatic ambiguity or indeterminacy. My argument proceeds by showing that the proffered account fares better than its rivals–the Name, Description, Demonstrative, and Identity Theories. Along […]

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The Meaning of Nouns: Semantic Theory in Classical and Medieval India . – Namartha-nirnaya of Kaundabhatta

The Meaning of Nouns: Semantic Theory in Classical and Medieval India . – Namartha-nirnaya of Kaundabhatta – book reviews J. Ganeri The study of language is central to the classical Indian philosophical debate, and at least four of the major schools, the Grammarians, Mimamsakas, Naiyayikas and Buddhists, generated a vast body of literature, most of […]

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A beautiful supertask

A beautiful supertask – example of indeterminism in classical mechanics Jon Perez Laraudogoitia Throughout this article I will consider elastic collisions between point particles which move in one and the same unidimensional space, the axis X. As we will see, this restriction is not essential; we could have taken particles of a finite size submitted […]

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Practices of Reason: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.

Practices of Reason: Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. – book reviews Marcia L. Homiak In this interesting and unusual book that departs considerably from current orthodoxy, C. D. C. Reeve explores the epistemological, metaphysical, and psychological foundations of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. As the book jacket indicates, Reeve argues “that scientific knowledge (episteme) is possible in ethics, that […]

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Truth, Fiction, and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective.

Truth, Fiction, and Literature: A Philosophical Perspective. – book reviews Gregory Currie Lamarque and Olsen offer a “no truth” theory of fictional literature: “the concept of truth has no central or ineliminable role in critical practice” (p. 1). As their argument develops, the thesis turns out to be somewhat stronger; not merely is truth irrelevant […]

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Making comparisons

Making comparisons Bernard D. Katz Much of the philosophical discussion concerning attributive adjectives, like “tall”, “large”, “heavy”, and “old”, has focused on the correct representation of their positive forms. It is clear, for a number of reasons, that we cannot represent the adjective “tall” in the sentence (1) Brendan is a tall man as an […]

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Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences.

Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences. – book reviews Jesus Alcolea Banegas This book can be read as an attempt to rehabilitate formalism, more generally nominalism, as a philosophy of mathematics. To be sure the author is only half willing to acknowledge that his theory is nominalist (“nominalism on […]

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Language, Thought and Falsehood in Ancient Greek Philosophy.

Language, Thought and Falsehood in Ancient Greek Philosophy. – book reviews Nicholas White Its title notwithstanding, this book is mainly about Plato, especially the Theaetetus and the Sophist, with some material on the Republic, the Cratylus, some of Plato’s predecessors and contemporaries, and also a bit on Aristotle. Most of the issues concern the philosophy […]