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The benefits of Latin language study - by Susan Klatz Beal

People tend to underestimate the importance of the Latin language because it isnt a spoken language, but that doesnt mean there arent considerable..., Susan Klatz Beal (Benefits of learning Latin http://dld.bz/VET6...

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Refusing to look

“One of the standard stories that gets wheeled out every time that some ahistorical fan of Galileo wishes to prove that the rejection of the heliocentric hypothesis at the beginning of the seventeenth century is the case of the professor of philosophy who refused to even look through Galileo’s telescope, rejecting his astronomical findings out of hand. Even if this story was true […] its use in this context is questionable to say the least. Supporters of science contra pseudo-science […] have a mantra that in one version reads, ‘The plural of anecdote is not data’. They […] reject the presentation of anecdotes as scientific evidence but are quite prepared to base their interpretation of the history of science on an anecdote; not exactly what one would call consistency.”


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Nature and Divinity in Plato's Timaeus (Book Review)

Nature and Divinity in Plato's Timaeus (Book Review) | Learned Ignorance | Scoop.it

Anybody interested in the big questions arising from the Timaeus will want to engage with this book. While Broadie's ultimate answers are not uncommon (e.g., the creation story is to be read literally, the demiurge is separate from the cosmos, the Atlantis story is an exercise in pseudo-historiography), the arguments she proffers for them are striking and conducted with scrupulous awareness of the best case for the opposition. This is Platonic exegesis of the highest, and most demanding, order...

 

Source : Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


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Animals Are as With It as Humans, Scientists Say

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A prominent group of scientists signs a document stating that animals are just as 'conscious and aware' as humans are. Then, rethinking Socrates's objection to Protagoras on Theaetetus, and taking it this time seriously, here is the question again: if knowledge is perception, how does the "pig's" measure of all things look like? 

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Italie: disparition d'une prestigieuse bibliothèque philosophique pour cause de crise

Italie: disparition d'une prestigieuse bibliothèque philosophique pour cause de crise | Learned Ignorance | Scoop.it

NAPLES — Une prestigieuse bibliothèque contenant des ouvrages philosophiques de toute l'Europe a dû fermer à Naples, à cause des coupes budgétaires dans la culture liées à la crise en Italie, a annoncé son fondateur à l'AFP jeudi.
Les 300.000 volumes de l'Institut italien pour les études philosophiques - dont des éditions originales d'oeuvres des grands penseurs Benedetto Croce et Giordano Bruno, nés près de Naples - sont en train d'être déménagés vers un entrepôt.


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