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Archive for November, 2006

Philosopher’s Carnival 39

Posted by Sam D on November 30, 2006

The Philosophers Carnival number 39 is on at A brood comb.


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Meaning Scepticism and its Implications for the Interpretation of Policy

Posted by Sam D on November 12, 2006

The working title for my doctoral thesis is “How close can we get to a straight solution to Kripke’s Paradox?” This paper has is based on some of the thoughts I’ve had over the past couple of months. (I delivered this paper at the University of Newcastle School of Humanities & Social Sciences Postgraduate Symposium)

What I’d like to talk about today can be broken up roughly into four parts. I’ll give a brief sketch of Saul Kripke’s development of the argument that leads to this scepticism. Second, I will highlight some of the ways that it affects the interpretation of policy at different levels. Next I will outline Kripke’s proposed solution to this scepticism. And finally I will look at how this solution effects the examples of interpretation previously considered.

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Rhythm method and embryonic death

Posted by Sam D on November 8, 2006

I just found this article by Luc BovensThe rhythm method and embryonic death” via “the shipwright returns” , published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2006; 32: 355-6).

Not the most spectacularly watertight argument I have ever read, on account of the assumptions that it has to make. On the other hand, most of these assumptions seem pretty hard to argue against. Worth a quick read.

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Emma Goldman on Marriage and Love

Posted by Sam D on November 8, 2006

Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?

Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.

* Emma Goldman – “Marriage and Love” in Anarchism and Other Essays (1911).
(Thanks to Wikiquote)

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