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On Fear by Mary Ruefle

On Fear by Mary Ruefle | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
I suppose, as a poet, among my fears can be counted the deep-seated uneasiness that one day it will be revealed that I consecrated my life to an imbecility. Part of what I mean—what I think I mean—by “imbecility” is something intrinsically unnecessary and superfluous and thereby unintentionally cruel.
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There's More to Life Than Being Happy

There's More to Life Than Being Happy | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness
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Olaf Stapledon, 1886-1950

Olaf Stapledon, 1886-1950 | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction.

Stapledon's writings directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Stanislaw Lem, C. S. Lewis and John Maynard Smith and indirectly influenced many others, contributing many ideas to the world of science fiction.

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HYLE 18-2 (2012): The Reality of Phlogiston in Great Britain

Mi Gyung Kim (2008) has challenged the historiographical assumption that phlogiston was the paradigmatic concept in eighteenth century chemistry.
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Pulp Scifi Under Japanese Totalitarianism

Pulp Scifi Under Japanese Totalitarianism | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
This is the third part of a four-part series on the pulps under totalitarianism.
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On Killing Wild Game for Food

On Killing Wild Game for Food | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
What does it mean to kill your supper? When you are a hunter, you face the fact that something must die if you are going to eat meat.
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The Folly of Scientism

The Folly of Scientism | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

Both in the work of professional philosophers and in popular writings by natural scientists, it is frequently claimed that natural science does or soon will constitute the entire domain of truth. And this attitude is becoming more widespread among scientists themselves. All too many of my contemporaries in science have accepted without question the hype that suggests that an advanced degree in some area of natural science confers the ability to pontificate wisely on any and all subjects.

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A Case for Irony - Harvard University Press Blog

A Case for Irony - Harvard University Press Blog | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
In one of this weekend’s more discussed bits of commentary, Christy Wampole writes against irony and its archetypal manifestation, the Millennial hipster.
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Is Occupy's 'Strike Debt' Project Purely Altruistic?

Is Occupy's 'Strike Debt' Project Purely Altruistic? | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

You may have already heard about Strike Debt, the new offshoot of Occupy Wall Street that aims to buy and forgive personal debt. If not, you have now, because it’s pretty much that simple: Strike Debt takes direct action against individuals’ debt by buying it on the open market for pennies on the dollar and then simply writing it off. It’s a symbolic act, meant to draw attention to the massive amount of debt Americans are saddled with. But it also has the very real effect of relieving actual people of their financial obligations. One organizer, NYU professor Nicholas Mirzoeff called it “a purely altruistic gesture.”

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Neil Besner: Where Rivers Meet | berfrois

Neil Besner: Where Rivers Meet | berfrois | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
What is a map, and which maps are memory’s or imagination’s to invoke, and then how? What lies in the incantatory power of names, or in the pull North or South, West or East?
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Diet decolonization is way to discover how ancestors ate - MiningJournal.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal

Diet decolonization is way to discover how ancestors ate - MiningJournal.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
MARQUETTE — For many of us, foraging for food means opening cupboards or the refrigerator.
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Casual: Thus Ate Zarathustra

Casual: Thus Ate Zarathustra | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
There’s nothing like the discovery of an unknown work by a great thinker to set the intellectual community atwitter and cause academics to dart about like those things one sees when looking at a drop of water under a microscope. On a recent trip to Heidelberg to procure some rare nineteenth-century duelling scars, I happened upon just such a treasure. Who would have thought that “Friedrich Nietzsche’s Diet Book” existed

 

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201 Nietzsche as Myth and Mythmaker (1991) - Rick Roderick

201 Nietzsche as Myth and Mythmaker (1991) - Rick Roderick | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
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Physicists suggest selfishness can pay

Physicists suggest selfishness can pay | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Findings that undermine thinking on the evolution of cooperation face a strong challenge.
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Essay on the idea that non-philosophers should judge philosophers | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the idea that non-philosophers should judge philosophers | Inside Higher Ed | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
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Who’s Lying, Then? | Issue 93 | Philosophy Now

Who’s Lying, Then? | Issue 93 | Philosophy Now | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
David Pitts on Epimenides of Crete and his infamous Liar Paradox.
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Action Philosophers: Two Millennia of Philosophy in Comic Form

Action Philosophers: Two Millennia of Philosophy in Comic Form | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
John Stuart Mill meets Peanuts, or how to handle mummies like Carl Jung.

Graphic nonfiction has established itself as a storytelling medi
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Newtown Tragedy: Would A Good God Allow Such Evil? : NPR

Newtown Tragedy: Would A Good God Allow Such Evil? : NPR | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of tragic events like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., people often question why an all-powerful God would allow such evil to happen.
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Mark Rowlands - Animal morality

Mark Rowlands - Animal morality | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin: are humans the only moral beings after all?
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Irony and Humanity: A Dialogue between Jonathan Lear and Alasdair MacIntyre | Harvard University Press

Irony and Humanity: A Dialogue between Jonathan Lear and Alasdair MacIntyre | Harvard University Press | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
In his most recent book, A Case for Irony, Jonathan Lear argues that becoming a human being is a difficult task, and that developing a capacity for irony is essential to doing it well.
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How to Live Without Irony

How to Live Without Irony | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
If life has become an endless series of sarcastic jokes and pop references, a competition to see who can care the least, we've made a collective misstep.
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Unruly Voices: Six Questions for Mark Kingwell | Harper's Magazine

Unruly Voices: Six Questions for Mark Kingwell | Harper's Magazine | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
Mark Kingwell on fugitive democracy, the cultural role of philosophers, and hockey-borne Canadian antiintellectualism...
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Turnip or swede? Brussels rules on ingredients of Cornish pasty - Telegraph

Turnip or swede? Brussels rules on ingredients of Cornish pasty - Telegraph | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
They have already pronounced solemnly on the acceptable curvature of cucumbers.
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TRUST AND THE TRICKSTER PROBLEM - COGLEY - 2012 - Analytic Philosophy - Wiley Online Library

TRUST AND THE TRICKSTER PROBLEM - COGLEY - 2012 - Analytic Philosophy - Wiley Online Library | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

In this paper, I articulate and defend a conception of trust that solves what I call “the trickster problem.” The problem results from the fact that many accounts of trust treat it similar to, or identical with, relying on someone's good will. But a trickster like Bernie Madoff could rely on your good will to get you to go along with his scheme, without trusting you to do so.1 Therefore, any account of trust that treats trust as relying on another's good will is subject to the trickster problem.

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the new wounded by catherine malabou

the new wounded by catherine malabou | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it
In the 1600s, French philosopher René Descartes split the world into two kinds of stuff: material stuff subject to the laws of physics and immaterial stuff that operates according to some other set of rules.
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The Moral Worldview of Babies

The Moral Worldview of Babies | Philosophy and Ideas | Scoop.it

“[T]he Author of Nature has determin’d us to receive… a Moral Sense, to direct our Actions, and to give us still nobler Pleasures.”

 

That appeal was made in 1725 by Scottish philosopher Francis Hutcheson, and it captured one side of a debate that tries to answer the question: Where does morality come from? On the other side were thinkers like John Locke and Thomas Hobbes who believed that morality is the product of experience. That was the extent of the discourse for most of history; morality was either prepackaged or learned. End of story

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