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Adaptive Naturalism in Herder’s Aesthetics: An Interpretation of “Shakespeare,” by Rachel Zuckert

The two aspects of Herder’s aesthetic theory—the emphases on art’s cultural embeddedness and historical variation (“culturalism”) and on natural norms of artistic value (“naturalism”)—appear to be in some tension. In her paper, Rachel Zuckert explores this tension in Herder’s thought by attending to one of his most influential and focused treatments of cultural and historical […]

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Reading Levinas as a Husserlian (Might Do), by Bettina Bergo

This essay invites the reader to take Emmanuel Levinas’ thought in the spirit in which it was written: as a profound engagement with Husserl’s phenomenology and, secondarily, with Heidegger’s existential philosophy. Levinas’ central idea, whether called “responsibility,” “substitution,” or the “other-in-the-same,” has been criticized as mere smoke and mirrors—an indemonstrable hermeneutics of ethical investiture. The purpose of this essay is […]

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Truth and Pleasure in the Philebus, by Eric Sanday

This essay approaches the interpretation of truth and true pleasure in Plato’s Philebus from the perspective of Socrates’ discussion of the false pleasures, the anticipated pleasures, the passions, the sensible pure pleasures, and the pure pleasures of learning. This discussion illuminates an eidetic-normative structure that causes, or is ultimately responsible for, the proper recognition of […]

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The Experience of Truth: Gadamer on the Belonging Together of Self, World, and Language, by David W. Johnson

In this paper, David Johnson begins from the twin premises: (a) that there is a crisis in moral confidence consisting in a debilitating pessimism about the ability of human reason to reach or uncover truths expressed in the evaluative language of a self anchored in lived experience (e.g., value judgments), and (b) that this crisis […]

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Four Types of Conceptual Generality, by Christian Martin

This paper deals with different ways in which a general concept might relate to more specific ones. A “classical approach” to this question, according to which a more specific concept can be analyzed into genus and specific difference, accounts for only one kind of generality. Christian Martin discusses various non-classical types of conceptual generality to be […]

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The Role of the Nicomachean Ethics in Contemporary Discussions of Ethics, by Pierre Aubenque

In this essay, Pierre Aubenque reflects on the return to Aristotle in the second half of the twentieth century characterized by a re-reading of central chapters of the Nicomachean Ethics. Contemporary Aristotelianism, in Aubenque’s view, recognizes in Aristotle a philosopher of dissemination and difference, and reads the second chapter of the first book of the […]

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Varieties of Neoliberalism, by Simon Glendinning

In this paper Simon Glendinning analyzes the concept of neoliberalism in relation to classical liberalism within the context of modern European history. Glendinning contends that there are in fact a variety of neoliberalisms that have vied for power throughout Europe’s history, and that the period we now inhabit is best conceived in terms of the […]

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Review Essay—Review of Omri Boehm’s Kant’s Critique of Spinoza, by Eric Schliesser

Eric Schliesser reviews Omri Boehm’s Kant’s Critique of Spinoza, published by Oxford University Press (2014). Eric Schliesser’s analysis of Omri Boehm’s latest work, Kant’s Critique of Spinoza, is both critical and complementary. Boehm’s work is distinctive in that it offers an interpretive twist on the usual approach to Kant studies: whereas most scholars focus on […]

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Review—Eric Sanday’s A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides

Darren Gardner reviews Eric Sanday’s A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides, published by Northwestern University Press (2015). Article available through Philosophy Documentation Center, here. Darren Gardner, review of A Study of Dialectic in Plato’s Parmenides, by Eric Sanday, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 36:2 (2015), pp. 485–8.

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Review—The Other Plato: The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato’s Inner-Academic Teachings, ed. Dmitri Nikulin

Joseph Lemelin reviews The Other Plato: The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato’s Inner-Academic Teachings, edited by Dmitri Nikulin and published by SUNY Press (2012). Article available through Philosophy Documentation Center, here. Joseph Lemelin, review of The Other Plato: The Tübingen Interpretation of Plato’s Inner-Academic Teachings, ed. Dmitri Nikulin, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 36:2 (2015), pp. 489–93.

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