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September 19 2019

Looking for a quote re: modern philosophy

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I think it was a quote either by Nietzsche or Rorty, discussing how we try to grasp objects (or reality) with our mind (‘mirror’) but we fail to realize that we aren’t able to grab the objects themselves. It’s in reference to the history of modern philosophy. Anyone have any idea what I’m looking for. It’s only a few sentences if I’m not mistaking. Thanks.

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September 18 2019

Former UKSC Justice Lord Sumption: 'most law is only common sense with knobs on'. What do you think?

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He was one of the most brilliant QCs of his generation and has belonged to the financial elite of the bar, earning more than a million pounds a year and sometimes much more. Lord Sumption’s direct appointment to the Supreme Court without full-time judicial experience in the lower courts has provoked much comment.

At 20:00, he proclaims

A remarkably high proportion of cases that come before the courts, including the Supreme Court, are ostensibly about law, but actually about the correct analysis and classification of the facts. The truth is, although I hesitate to say this in present company, that law is dead easy. Most of it is common sense with knobs on. [emphasis mine] What is difficult are the facts. Once you have correctly understood those, and stripped away the 95% of the facts that don't matter at all, the legal solution is almost always obvious. Now that's one reason why the prime requirements for a successful lawyer are an outstanding ability to understand facts often in relatively arcane areas of human life. The number one qualification for doing this, is therefore to have the largest possible personal fund of experience, most of which will in the nature of things be vicarious.

  1. Please see the question in the title.

  2. What law is NOT "only common sense with knobs on"?

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September 17 2019

Blog entry by Habermas - on Siegfried Landshut (1897-1968)

A blog entry by Jürgen Habermas on the German sociologist Siegfried Landshut (1897-1968): 

"Eine persönliche Bemerkung zur Rezeption der Schriften von Siegfried Landshut",
Politik 100 x 100, Blog des Fachgebiets Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg, September 17, 2019.

September 16 2019

September 15 2019

Papers on Ronald Dworkin's Late Work

Papers from the Balzan Conference on "Ronald Dworkin's Late Work", New York University, September 13-14, 2019:

Panel 1: Dworkin’s "Religion without God"

Eric Gregory (Princeton) - "Confessions of a Religious Liberal: Ronald Dworkin’s Religion Without God"

Moshe Halbertal (NYU) - "Ronald Dworkin Religion Without God: Morality and the Transcendent"

Larry Sager (Texas) - "Solving Religious Liberty"

Panel 2: Dworkin on international law

John Tasioulas (King’s College, London) - "Fantasy Upon Fantasy: Some Reflections on Dworkin’s Philosophy of International Law"

Panel 3: The idea of integrity in "Law’s Empire"

Andrei Marmor (Cornell) - "Integrity in Law’s Empire"

Jeremy Waldron (NYU)  - "The Rise and Decline of Integrity"

Panel 4: Law and morality in "Justice for Hedgehogs"

Mark Greenberg (UCLA)  - "What Makes a Moral Duty Legal?"

Ben Zipursky (Fordham) - "Jurisprudence in Justice for Hedgehogs: Metaphysical, not Political"

Left hemisphere philosophy?

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Iain McGilchrist (The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, 2009) says:

If the world of the left hemisphere and the world of the right hemisphere are both present to the mind, and form coherent aspects of experience, should we expect to find the resultant incompatibilities reflected in the history of philosophy? The hemispheres have different answers to the fundamental question ‘what is knowledge?’, as discussed in the last chapter, and hence different ‘truths’ about the world. So on the face of it, yes. But the default approach of philosophy is that of the left hemisphere, since it is via denotative language and linear, sequential analysis that we pin things down and make them clear and precise, and pinning them down and making them clear and precise equates with seeing the truth, as far as the left hemisphere is concerned. And since the type of attention you bring to bear dictates the world you discover, and the tools you use determine what you find, it would not be surprising if the philosophical vision of reality reflected the tools it uses, those of the left hemisphere, and conceived the world along analytic, and purely rationalistic, lines. It would be unlikely for philosophy to be able to get beyond its own terms of reference and its own epistemology; and so the answer to the question whether the history of philosophy would reflect the incompatibilities of the hemispheres is—probably not.

If there were, however, evidence that, despite this, philosophers had increasingly felt compelled to try to give an account of the right hemisphere's reality, rather than the left's, that would be of extraordinary importance. (ch.4)

So this would explain the anorexic character of (much of) modern Western philosophy, and its inferior grasp of narrative symbol, for instance. Interestingly, the medieval philosophers could still see the world as a process, as natura naturans, to a degree unknowable. Natura naturata, on the other hand, represented something complete and perfect, corresponding to the idealized concepts of modern philosophy.

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September 13 2019

Deutsch für Dichter und Denker

Liebe Dichter und Denker! Das BL-Buch wurde unter dem Titel »Deutsch für Dichter und Denker – Unsere Muttersprache in neuem Licht« neu aufgelegt. Das E-Book wurde völlig neu erstellt, mit Fluent Design, Abbildungen optimiert für Tages- und Nachtmodus, ohne DRM. Erhältlich bei Amazon für Kindle, Google Play (Schnäppchenpreis bis Ende September!), Kobo und den Buchhandlungen für Tolino. Apple iBooks folgt in Kürze.

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September 12 2019

What are the recent (or contemporary) philosophers that studied myths?

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I know Cassirer that create the symbolic forms, but only him. In psychology we have Jung, in anthropology we have Levi Strauss, Gilbert Durand, in religion Mircea Eliade. But in Philosophy?

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September 10 2019

Dissertation proposal - opinions needed

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Hi there,

My dissertation proposal concerned reading the artistic movement know as surrealism through a scientific outlook and observe where notions deriving from quantum theory made their way into the imagination of artists and writers of the movement.

The problem is I found only one source and scattered articles that appear to be more a projection of mine than a real field.

I have my first submission next month and I feel as I should change direction. My tutor has advised me a similar path which takes into consideration the search for the unconscious in science and art in the same period.I find his reading list dense and slightly obscure to the point I dont fully understand the trajectory he is taking me with texts by Freud, Rosalind Krauss, Hal Foster, Bergson and Bachelard.

If anyone happens to have any response to what I wrote I'd like to read anything that comes up to you.

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September 09 2019

September 08 2019

How long do you take to read philosophical texts? How do you read faster without compromising how you understand a text?

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I find that philosophical texts take much longer to digest than fiction and literature from other fields. There's something simultaneously rewarding and disappointing after spending one hour to have only digested 15 pages. What are some tips on "reading better"?

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September 02 2019

Do you think that the idea of the philophical text is linked to the form?

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I am studying a question of philosophy as literary genres. In history of philosophy we can see dialogs, aphorisms, letters, treatises, poems, novels... thinkers have choosed a particular genre to express their ideas. For me the idea of the text is liked to the form. Do you think that is a good problem to research about? Or, in other words: is that a relevant problem?

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August 30 2019

August 27 2019

How much credence do you have in the articles you publish?

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Are you quite convinced that they are true? Or do you merely think that they pose interesting ideas worth considering, while not being particularly convinced by them one way or the other?

Edit: This is relevant for an article I'm writing regarding credence and publishing. I'm just trying to feel out among philosophers I know and see if my impressions are right. My suspicion is that philosophers tend to be convinced that their conclusions follow from their arguments, but not that their conclusions are true.

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August 26 2019

How to Maximize my Experience as a Philosophy Student

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Hi everyone!

I'm wondering how to maximize my experience as a philosophy student at an institution that doesn't emphasize philosophy? What are some things I can get involved in to improve my knowledge and possibly boost my resume? I'm open to anything. I heard of things like reading groups, but I am unsure about how to find out about these. I particularly like ethics and am looking into going into the health ethics field, but I'm open to general philosophy.

Also, I'm looking to start a philosophy club at my institution. What are some things we can do in the club?


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August 25 2019

Looking for people to help out with a Students Philosophy Organization

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I'm not completely sure if this kind of blatant advertising is allowed, but it seems to be within the bounds of the rules, so here I am. Anyways, I'm co-founding a Philosophy Organization for students, (specifically High School, but hoping to extend into higher education) as there aren't any major cross-campus ones right now. If any of y'all are interested in starting a branch or helping out in any way you can, we'd love it if you DM'ed this account or if you went through the links on our website. Even if you don't think you're interested, we'd love to have you check us out!


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