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Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking

[Revised entry by Katherine Brading, Elena Castellani, and Nicholas Teh on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Symmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental
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[Revised entry by Katherine Brading, Elena Castellani, and Nicholas Teh on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Symmetry considerations dominate modern fundamental physics, both in quantum theory and in relativity. Philosophers are now beginning to devote increasing attention to such issues as the significance of gauge symmetry, quantum particle identity in the light of permutation symmetry, how to make sense of parity violation, the role of symmetry breaking, the empirical status of symmetry principles, and so forth. These issues relate directly to traditional problems in the philosophy of science, including the status of the laws of nature, the...

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Wittgenstein's Logical Atomism

[Revised entry by Ian Proops on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although it has few adherents today, logical atomism was once a leading movement of early twentieth-century
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[Revised entry by Ian Proops on December 14, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Although it has few adherents today, logical atomism was once a leading movement of early twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Different, though related, versions of the view were developed by Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Russell's logical atomism is set forth chiefly in his 1918 work "The Philosophy of Logical Atomism" (Russell 1956), Wittgenstein's in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus of 1921 (Wittgenstein 1981). The core tenets of Wittgenstein's logical atomism may be stated...

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As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: <strong>Sex is not a solvable problem</strong>. Let's minimize the number of its victims

As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let&#39;s minimize the number of its
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As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victims

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In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation

2017.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Merold Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation, Indiana University Press, 2017, 241pp., $30.00, ISBN
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2017.12.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Merold Westphal, In Praise of Heteronomy: Making Room for Revelation, Indiana University Press, 2017, 241pp., $30.00, ISBN 9780253026613. Reviewed by R. S. Kemp, Wheaton College Most historical scholarship falls into one of two basic categories. There is, on the one hand, work that operates at the micro level: it aims to explain the finer mechanics of an argument or to document the full-range and nuance of a concept. A second type paints in broader strokes: it takes scholarship of the first kind and attempts to explain its wider importance. It looks to capture the spirit of a thinker at the occasional expense of the letter. This book is an admirable example of the second type. Merold Westphal weaves a convincing historical narrative that raises important questions for contemporary philosophy of religion, especially in the Continental tradition. Westphal’s stated task is... Read More

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Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it &ldquo;<strong>humbug</strong>,&rdquo; a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder

Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it &amp;ldquo;humbug,&amp;rdquo; a form of fakery that doesn&#39;t deceive so much as fill its beholder with
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Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it “humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder

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<strong>Read the acknowledgments</strong>. Amid the dreary enumeration &mdash; librarians, fact-checkers, mothers, therapists, divorce lawyers &mdash; truths seep out

Read the acknowledgments. Amid the dreary enumeration &amp;mdash; librarians, fact-checkers, mothers, therapists, divorce lawyers &amp;mdash; truths seep
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Read the acknowledgments. Amid the dreary enumeration — librarians, fact-checkers, mothers, therapists, divorce lawyers — truths seep out

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The Kantian Foundation of Schopenhauer's Pessimism

2017.12.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dennis Vanden Auweele, The Kantian Foundation of Schopenhauer&#39;s Pessimism, Routledge, 2017, 242pp., $149.95 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.12.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dennis Vanden Auweele, The Kantian Foundation of Schopenhauer's Pessimism, Routledge, 2017, 242pp., $149.95 (hbk), ISBN 9781138744271. Reviewed by Robert Wicks, The University of Auckland The title of Dennis Vanden Auweele's book raises one's curiosity. As it tells us that Schopenhauer's pessimism has a Kantian foundation, it intimates that Kant's philosophy itself contains a pessimistic strand. This is unexpected, since pessimism does not appear to be a particularly Kantian quality. Kant's moral theory upholds the belief in individual freedom, the immortality of the soul, and the existence of an all-good, all-knowing, all-powerful God who serves to coordinate happiness with virtue in an ideal end-state. The book reminds us, though, that a pessimistic aspect of Kant resides in a position he maintained in the later part of his career -- one reminiscent of the Christian doctrine of original sin -- that rooted. . .

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Religious Experience

[Revised entry by Mark Webb on December 13, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Religious experiences can be characterized generally as experiences that seem to the person having them to be
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[Revised entry by Mark Webb on December 13, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Religious experiences can be characterized generally as experiences that seem to the person having them to be of some objective reality and to have some religious import. That reality can be an individual, a state of affairs, a fact, or even an absence, depending on the religious tradition the experience is a part of. A wide variety of kinds of experience fall under the general rubric of religious experience. The concept is vague, and the multiplicity of kinds of experiences that fall under it makes it difficult to capture in any general account. Part...

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<strong>Jerry Fodor</strong> was a skeptic, including in his own ideas about how cognition works. He was treated as a crank &mdash; a beloved crank

Jerry Fodor was a skeptic, including in his own ideas about how cognition works. He was treated as a crank &amp;mdash; a beloved
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Jerry Fodor was a skeptic, including in his own ideas about how cognition works. He was treated as a crank — a beloved crank

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