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When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptations

The 2018 movies Crazy Rich Asians, It, Black Panther, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Mary Poppins Returns, and Beautiful Boy have very little in common with one another, except the fact that all are based on popular books. The post When the movie is not like the book: faithfulness in adaptations appeared first on OUPblog.         Related StoriesWhat can we learn from meme culture?Why most scientists think birds are dinosaurs – and you should tooAre our fantasies immune from [More]

Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life

2019.04.10 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jacqueline Feke, Ptolemy's Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life, Princeton University Press, 2018, 234pp., $39.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780691179582. Reviewed by Daryn Lehoux, Queen's University The opening paragraphs of Ptolemy's definitive work of ancient astronomy, the Almagest, are the sort of thing that finds a happy home in coursepacks for undergraduate History of Science lectures. They contain grand methodological pronouncements about mathematics, physics, and theology by one of the greatest scientific thinkers of his own (or indeed of any) age, a crisp statement of the ancient idea of the eternal and unchanging motions of the heavens, and a paean to how important the intellectual work of understanding those motions is. But those opening sentences are also, it should be said, almost entirely unrepresentative of the contents of the Almagest itself, which is -- once the introduction is out of the... Read [More]

What Truth Is

2019.04.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Jago, What Truth Is, Oxford University Press, 2018, 356pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198823810. Reviewed by David Liggins, University of Manchester Truthmaker theorists have typically had little to say about the nature of truth, beyond suggesting that truthmaker theory might be seen as a form of correspondence theory. And theorists of the nature of truth have typically had little to say about truthmaker theory. Mark Jago's latest book brings together these debates and advances both of them. Jago argues that to be true is to have a truthmaker; that is, the property being true is numerically identical to the property having a truthmaker. He goes on to offer an account of the nature of propositions, and argues that this account, in combination with his account of the nature of truth, has the power to solve a range of paradoxes concerning truth,... Read [More]

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Japanese Philosophy

[New Entry by Thomas Kasulis on April 5, 2019.] Japanese philosophers have historically interacted intensively with a multitude of philosophies outside their native boundaries - most prominently Chinese, Indian, Korean, and Western. So they have benefited from a rich trove of ideas and theories on which to draw in developing their own distinctive philosophical perspectives. As a result Japanese philosophers have always been acutely attuned to the intimate relations among culture, ways of thinking, and philosophical world views. An island chain twice as distant from its [More]