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Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience

2019.06.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Rick Anthony Furtak, Knowing Emotions: Truthfulness and Recognition in Affective Experience, Oxford University Press, 2018, 248pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190492045. Reviewed by Talia Morag, Deakin University Rick Anthony Furtak presents a coherent and consistent "cognitive" view of emotions, whereby emotions are intentional and embodied states of mind, which give us epistemic access to aspects of the world that bear on our cares and concerns, thereby also enabling self-knowledge of what is significant to us. His book enjoys a density and breadth of references and influences. It is scientifically informed and up-to-date with the latest philosophical literature just as much as it is grounded in the history of philosophy, fruitfully engaging with both Anglo-American philosophy and Continental philosophy, in particular phenomenology and existentialism. Furtak begins by opposing the "cognitive" theories of emotions, which argue that emotions are intentional and provide us information... Read [More]

The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing in Everyday Life (New Preprint)

Here's a new preprint. It's a penultimate draft of a chapter I have contributed to the upcoming edited collection Algorithmic Regulation (edited by Karen Yeung and Martin Lodge), which is due to be published by Oxford University Press later this year. As per usual, more details and links are below.Title: The Ethics of Algorithmic Outsourcing in Everyday LifeLinks: Philpapers; ResearchGate; AcademiaAbstract: We live in a world in which ‘smart’ algorithmic tools are regularly used to structure and control our choice environments. They do so by affecting the options with which we are presented and the choices that we are encouraged or able to make. Many of us make use of these tools in our daily lives, using them to solve personal problems and fulfill goals and ambitions. What consequences does this have for individual autonomy and how should our legal and regulatory systems respond? This chapter defends three claims by way of response. First, it argues that autonomy is indeed under threat in some new and interesting ways. Second, it evaluates and disputes the claim that we shouldn’t overestimate these new threats because the technology is just an old wolf in a new sheep’s clothing. Third, and finally, it looks at responses to these threats at both the individual and societal level and argues that although we shouldn’t encourage an attitude of ‘helplessness’ among the users of algorithmic tools there is an important role for legal and regulatory responses to these threats [More]

Epistemic Logic

[New Entry by Rasmus Rendsvig and John Symons on June 7, 2019.] [Editor's Note: The following new entry by Rasmus Rendsvig and John Symons replaces the former entry on this topic by the previous authors.] Epistemic logic is a subfield of epistemology concerned with [More]