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Why big protests aren’t a good measure of popular power

The recent wave of protests of the Black Lives Matters movement in the United States and around the world has opened up a space of political possibility for proposals, like disbanding abusive police departments, which seemed radical and utopian only weeks earlier. In the broad sweep of history, a similar process has been seen time […] The post Why big protests aren’t a good measure of popular power appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesThe history of Canada DayWhy talk about bad actors versus good people misses the problem of systemic racismWhy global crises are political, not scientific, [More]

How we can understand ourselves through games

Games are a distinctive art form — one very different from the traditional arts. Game designers don’t just create an environment, or characters, or a story. They tell you who to be in the game. They set your basic abilities: whether you will run and jump, or move around your pieces geometrically, or bid and […] The post How we can understand ourselves through games appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesAre militaries justified in existing?India Cooper and the art of copyeditingHow Buddhist monasteries were brought back from [More]

Are militaries justified in existing?

Pacifism, in its most recognisable form, is an absolute, principled condemnation of war. Military abolitionism is the view that institutions devoted to war are not justified in existing. Most pacifists are also military abolitionists. This is unsurprising. After all, if you think that going to war is always wrong, then you’ll likely think that having […] The post Are militaries justified in existing? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesGrowing up in the shadow of Sri Lanka’s civil warWhat literature can teach us about living with illnessSix French comedies you should [More]

John Dewey’s aesthetic philosophy

John Dewey was an American philosopher, psychologist, and social reformer who developed theories that changed philosophical perspectives and contributed extensively to education, democracy, pragmatism, and the philosophy of logic, politics, and aesthetics in the first half of the twentieth-century. Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1859, Dewey graduated from the University of Vermont in 1879. Following […] The post John Dewey’s aesthetic philosophy appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesEveryone and their dogTwelve books that give context to current protests [reading list]How after school music programs have adapted to online music [More]

I’m the mother I am thanks to my daughter’s disability

On the first Mother’s Day that my daughter, Sesha, no longer lived at home with us, I received a lovely basket with various hand-crafted gifts from her. With help from her aide, she handed it over to me, and as I gushed she looked so very pleased. Mother’s Day is a time for children to […] The post I’m the mother I am thanks to my daughter’s disability appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesMusic schools respond to COVID-19 shutdownWhy we need humour at a time like thisA.J. Ayer and Logical [More]

A.J. Ayer and Logical Positivism

Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-89) was a philosopher and a leading English representative of Logical Positivism. He was responsible for introducing the doctrines of the movement as developed in the 1920s and 1930s by the Vienna Circle group of philosophers and scientists into British philosophy. Ayer’s philosophy was also influenced by empiricism of David Hume and the […] The post A.J. Ayer and Logical Positivism appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesG.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in warSpelling reform: not a “lafing” matterWho is Dr. Doddipol? Or, idioms in your back [More]

G.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in war

During military conflict, what are the constraints on the things that a warring nation may do to achieve their objectives? And what constraints are there on the objectives that such a nation should have in the first place? A traditional answer to the first of these questions draws a sharp line at the deliberate killing […] The post G.E.M. Anscombe on the evil of demanding unconditional surrender in war appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesIs the fetus a resident or a body part?Celebrating notable women in philosophy: Philippa FootWhy vaccines should be [More]

Is the fetus a resident or a body part?

Pregnancy has variously been described as unique, confusing and full of ambivalence; as involving a doubling or splitting the person; and as challenging widely-held philosophical assumptions about firm distinctions between self and other or mind and body. But what, exactly, is pregnancy? What is this unique human – and mammalian – state? What is its […] The post Is the fetus a resident or a body part? appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesEight rules for teaching during COVID-19Why COVID-19 could change how we workWhy vaccines should be [More]

Keeping social distance: the story of the word “aloof” and a few tidbits

It is amazing how many words like aloof exist in English. Even for “fear” we have two a-formations: afraid, which supplanted the archaic afeard, and aghast. Aback, aboard, ashore, asunder—a small dictionary can be filled with them (but alas and alack do not belong here). The model is productive: consider aflutter and aglitter. One feature unites those words: they cannot be used attributively. Indeed, an asunder man and an astride rider do not exist. The post Keeping social distance: the story of the word “aloof” and a few tidbits appeared first on [More]

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