Monday, May 26, 2014

Links to Note and Notes of Note

* Amod Lele has an interesting discussion of what is often called the No True Scotsman fallacy.

* Donald R. McClarey looks at the life and work of poet Joyce Kilmer.

* A Clerk of Oxford looks at the history and legends of St. Augustine of Canterbury.

* Barry Stocker has two interesting recent posts at "NewAPPS" on Sextus Empiricus and virtue theory and Nietzsche and the novel (in the latter Schlegel makes a showing).

* Stacy Trasancos has been discussing Stanley Jaki on 'stillbirths of science' and the condemnations of 1277.

* The difference that teaching women philosophers can make to a philosophy course. I have had on multiple occasions students (not all female) thank me for explicitly drawing women philosophers into my courses (such as, in various Intro courses, St. Macrina the Younger, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Lady Mary Shepherd, and, in Ethics, Onora O'Neill and Hannah Arendt). And the thing of it is, too: it really does make the course more rounded. Female philosophers have historically often done their philosophical work in different venues than male philosophers; they have also sometimes looked at less glamorous (so to speak) topics; they have not uncommonly looked at major philosophical topics from different directions. (An obvious sort of example of this is that a lot of the best philosophy of education is done by women, and part of what makes it better is that there is a long history of women using philosophy of education to look, indirectly, at much larger questions. And in such cases, despite the fact that the topic they're directly looking at is philosophy of education, it may shed considerable light on ethics, metaphysics, or any number of other things. This is not uncommon.)

* Mark Greenberg, The Moral Impact Theory of Law

* I am taking a brief break from the Fortnightly Book, just to reduce the number of things I am juggling in the next couple of weeks. But it will be back.

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