These essays offer provocative invitations to think again.
Author: Colin McGinn
Publisher: MIT Press
Pithy, direct, and bold: essays that propose new ways to think about old problems, spanning a range of philosophical topics. In Philosophical Provocations, Colin McGinn offers a series of short, sharp essays that take on philosophical problems ranging from the concept of mind to paradox, altruism, and the relation between God and the Devil. Avoiding the usual scholarly apparatus and embracing a blunt pithiness, McGinn aims to achieve as much as possible in as short a space as possible while covering as many topics as possible. Much academic philosophical writing today is long, leaden, citation heavy, dense with qualifications, and painful to read. The essays in Philosophical Provocations are short, direct, and engaging, often challenging philosophical orthodoxy as they consider issues in mind, language, knowledge, metaphysics, biology, ethics, and religion. McGinn is looking for new ways to think about old problems. Thus he writes, about consciousness, “I think we have been all wrong,” and goes on to suggest that both consciousness and the unconscious are mysteries. Summing up his proposal on altruism, he remarks, “My suggestion can now be stated, somewhat brutally, as follows: human altruism is the result of parasitic manipulation.” He takes a moment to reflect: “I really don't know why it is good to be alive, though I am convinced that the standard suggestions don't work.” McGinn gets straight to the point and states his position with maximum clarity. These essays offer provocative invitations to think again.
This book aims to be a critical introduction to these ideas, which have so much to offer psychology in terms of new directions as well as critique.
Author: Maria Nichterlein
An increasing number of scholars, students and practitioners of psychology are becoming intrigued by the ideas of Gilles Deleuze and of Felix Guattari. This book aims to be a critical introduction to these ideas, which have so much to offer psychology in terms of new directions as well as critique. Deleuze was one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century and a figure whose ideas are increasingly influential throughout the humanities and social sciences. His work, particularly his collaborations with psychoanalyst Guattari, focused on the articulation of a philosophy of difference. Rejecting mainstream continental philosophy just as much as the orthodox analytical metaphysics of the English-speaking world, Deleuze proposed a positive and passionate alternative, bursting at the seams with new concepts and new transformations. This book overviews the philosophical contribution of Deleuze including the project he developed with Guattari. It goes on to explore the application of these ideas in three major dimensions of psychology: its unit of analysis, its method and its applications to the clinic. Deleuze and Psychology will be of interest to students and scholars of psychology and those interested in continental philosophy, as well as psychological practitioners and therapists.
In the early 20th century, philosophers began to feel that their philosophical
confusions were a sortofjoke, that something, or someone, was fooling them,
leading them down dead endsandround incircles. They wondered why,after so
Author: David Birch
Publisher: Crown House Publishing
This book is ideal for teachers, whether they are P4C trained or just experimenting with philosophy. It will help teachers to present ideas and stimulate discussions which both accommodate and engage adolescent appetites. Are human beings flawed? Is murder an act of insanity or just plain thoughtlessness? Do we need a soul? From the fall of Icarus to the rise of Caesar this practical book draws upon history, philosophy and literature to provoke students to think, question and wonder. Divided into chapters on The World, Self, Society and Others, this resource for secondary school is written to give teachers the means to listen rather than teach and to allow the ideas and thoughts of students to form the centre of the lesson. It raises questions on the nature of evil, belief in God, slavery, consumerism, utopia, the limits of freedom, and a whole lot more. With a clear introductory outline on its use both in and out of the classroom, Provocations also contains tips and advice to help guide teachers to span the curriculum. Applicable to History, Geography, RS, Science, Art, English and Citizenship it offers teachers of all subjects the opportunity to introduce a student-centred approach to their lessons. There is also an extensive bibliography for those who wish to explore the topics in greater depth. Provocations is a set of philosophy sessions designed for secondary school and predicated on the pedagogical methods of The Philosophy Foundation. These sessions are mature, challenging and provocative, using history, literature, myth and the world today as their basis. Each session contains particular pedagogical tips and advice and suggestions as to how they can be effectively delivered
TEMPTING AND PROVOKING The chief resemblances between temptations and provocations are these . ( a ) Both are ways of testing persons . E . g . , Satan
tested Jesus by tempting Him , but he tested Job by provoking him . ( See sec .
Author: David Conan WolfsdorfPublish On: 2020-05-22
He is also convinced of the great benefit that his philosophical provocations
confer upon Athens and its citizens , describing himself as nothing less than “
god's gift ” to the city ( Ap . 30el ) . Most sensationally , after he is convicted in
court and ...
Author: David Conan Wolfsdorf
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Early Greek Ethics is the first volume devoted to philosophical ethics in its "formative" period. It explores contributions from the Presocratics, figures of the early Pythagorean tradition, sophists, and anonymous texts, as well as topics influential to ethical philosophical thought such as Greek medicine, music, friendship, and justice.
tation or provocation, as a greater deterrent is needed to counterbalance this 2
The case in which the temptation or provocation is exceptional has just been
dealt with. But if abnormal temptation or provocation becomes common, as in a ...
Philosopher. as. Other. Susan. Bordo. My older sister is eight-and-a-half years my
senior, and once she turned sixteen was granted the privilege of her own tiny
bedroom. As I was going through adolescence in the second half of the 1950s
Author: Susan Bordo
Publisher: University of California Press
The first collection of its kind, Provocations: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought is historically organized and transnational in scope, highlighting key ideas, transformative moments, and feminist conversations across national and cultural borders. Emphasizing feminist cross-talk, transnational collaborations and influences, and cultural differences in context, this anthology heralds a new approach to studying feminist history. Provocations includes engaging, historically significant primary sources by writers of many nationalities in numerous genres—from political manifestos to theoretical and cultural analysis to poetry and fiction. These texts range from those of classical antiquity to others composed during the Arab Spring and represent Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Western Europe, and the United States. Each section begins with an introductory essay that presents central ideas and explores connections among readings, placing them in historical, national, and intellectual contexts and concluding with questions for discussion and reflection.
CONTINUUM PHILOSOPHY Think Philosophy , Think Continuum PHILOSOPHICAL PROVOCATIONS ALAIN BADIOU Starting with Derrida WHAT
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EMOTION , CHOICE AND CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY : REFLECTIONS ON
THE RATIONALE OF PROVOCATION DEFENCE GEORGE MOUSOURAKIS
Introduction : In England and other common law jurisdictions provocation
operates as ...
First we take up some historical and philosophical provocations for conjoining
perception with knowledge and having universal flux . Perception is inevitably an
analogue to knowledge , because the immediate presence of objects to sense ...
Author: Ronald M. Polansky
The Theaetetus provides Plato's fullest discussion of human knowledge and is a rich vehicle for reflection upon its topic. Polansky's commentary demonstrates that the dialogue in fact holds the complete Platonic account of knowledge -- an account which is as sophisticated as any offered by contemporary philosophers.
Nevertheless , oppositional thinking a philosophical provocations can reveal new
interpretations on the way to trul something music education should be mindful of
. When we use the words “ to call ” we might think of setting something motion ...
Challenging both views, The Drama of Ideas shows that theater and philosophy have been crucially intertwined from the start. Plato is the presiding genius of this alternative history.
Author: Martin Puchner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Most philosophy has rejected the theater, denouncing it as a place of illusion or moral decay; the theater in turn has rejected philosophy, insisting that drama deals in actions, not ideas. Challenging both views, The Drama of Ideas shows that theater and philosophy have been crucially intertwined from the start. Plato is the presiding genius of this alternative history. The Drama of Ideas presents Plato not only as a theorist of drama, but also as a dramatist himself, one who developed a dialogue-based dramaturgy that differs markedly from the standard, Aristotelian view of theater. Puchner discovers scores of dramatic adaptations of Platonic dialogues, the most immediate proof of Plato's hitherto unrecognized influence on theater history. Drawing on these adaptations, Puchner shows that Plato was central to modern drama as well, with figures such as Wilde, Shaw, Pirandello, Brecht, and Stoppard using Plato to create a new drama of ideas. Puchner then considers complementary developments in philosophy, offering a theatrical history of philosophy that includes Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Burke, Sartre, Camus, and Deleuze. These philosophers proceed with constant reference to theater, using theatrical terms, concepts, and even dramatic techniques in their writings. The Drama of Ideas mobilizes this double history of philosophical theater and theatrical philosophy to subject current habits of thought to critical scrutiny. In dialogue with contemporary thinkers such as Martha Nussbaum, Iris Murdoch, and Alain Badiou, Puchner formulates the contours of a "dramatic Platonism." This new Platonism does not seek to return to an idealist theory of forms, but it does point beyond the reigning philosophies of the body, of materialism and of cultural relativism.
Why exactly the church determined to burn the rebel Dominican is unclear, but
his books record philosophical provocations that were surely part of the reason.
Ecclesiastical and political fear of intellectual adventurers was an old story long ...
Author: Richard Henry Popkin
Publisher: Columbia University Press
A chronological survey of the evolution of Western philosophy provides historical analysis of the thought of key figures and schools and explores the broad influence of Jewish, Islamic, and Asian philosophy, the importance of women philosophers, and other topics. UP.
... especially when the long cerebro - spinal arcsruptured in my experiments -
remain intact . 1on RULE OF UNIFORMITY OF RESPONSE DESPITE SPATIAL
VARIETY OF PROVOCATION . From the above we are led almost as a corollary
to a ...
An Essay on Some Issues of General Education and a Critique of Current
Misconceptions Regarding Scientific Method and the Scientific Outlook in Philosophy [ 1949a ] The main purpose of this essay is to dispel certain
confusions and ...
Author: Herbert Feigl
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The title is his own. Herbert Feigl, the provocateur and the soul (if we may put it so) of modesty, wrote to me some years ago, "I'm more of a catalyst than producer of new and original ideas all my life . . . ", but then he com pleted the self-appraisal: " . . . with just a few exceptions perhaps". We need not argue for the creative nature of catalysis, but will simply remark that there are 'new and original ideas' in the twenty-four papers selected for this volume, in the extraordinary aperrus of the 25-year-old Feigl in his Vienna dissertation of 1927 on Zufall und Gesetz, in the creative critique and articulation in his classical monograph of 1958 on The 'Mental' and the 'Physical'; and the reader will want to turn to some of the seventy other titles in our Feigl bibliography appended. Professor Feigl has been a model philosophical worker: above all else, honest, self-aware, open-minded and open-hearted; keenly, devotedly, and even arduously the student of the sciences, he has been a logician and an empiricist. Early on, he brought the Vienna Circle to America, and much later he helped to bring it back to Central Europe. The story of the logical empiricist movement, and of Herbert Feigl's part in it, has often been told, importantly by Feigl himself in four papers we have included here.
Rather, they are provocations. As philosophical provocations, they are not just
external spurs to thought. Rather, provocation itself belongs to the nature of
Schelling's thought. As I will attempt to show in what follows, such provocations
Author: Bernard Freydberg
Publisher: SUNY Press
Explores Schelling’s Essay on Human Freedom, focusing on the themes of freedom, evil, and love, and the relationship between his ideas and those of Plato and Kant.
The films of Lars von Trier offer unique opportunities for thinking deeply about how Philosophy and Cinema speak to one another. The book addresses von Trier’s films in order of their release.
Author: José A. Haro
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
Category: Performing Arts
The films of Lars von Trier offer unique opportunities for thinking deeply about how Philosophy and Cinema speak to one another. The book addresses von Trier’s films in order of their release. The earlier chapters discuss his Golden Heart trilogy and USA: Land of Opportunities series by addressing issues of potential misogyny, ethical critique, and racial justice. The later chapters focus on his Depression Trilogy and address the undermining of gender binaries, the psychoanalytic meaning of the sacrifice of children and depression, and philosophical questions provoked by the depiction of the end of the world. Taken together, the volume explores the topics of Philosophical Psychology, Social Theory, Political Theory, Theories of the Self, Philosophy of Race, and Feminist Thought, and opens a conversation about von Trier’s important work.
... affected " the movement ' s least systematic writers and artists ” and that their “
works comprised and contained philosophical provocations every bit as
pronounced as the work of philosophical Romantics such as the Schlegels or
... to speak, become a stranger."4 Vernant 's assertion, which implies that Aristotle
is insensitive to the philosophical provocations at the heart of tragic drama, is
frequently echoed in the secondary literature.5 The second general claim is that ...
What matters is the visual richness of his images and the social and philosophical provocations they provide . At the group show Photographers of
Our Time ( Gallery Art Beam , Seoul , 1995 ) , Kim left his portion of the space
completely empty ...
Author: Atta Kim
Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub
Water Does Not Soak in Rain surveys 25 years of works from the internationally-acclaimed South Korean photographer Atta Kim. Since the mid-1980s, Kim (born 1956) has evolved and practiced a singular life-philosophy through a personal synthesis of the teachings of German philosopher Martin Heidegger, Armenian mystic G.I. Gurdjieff and Zen Buddhism. The works that Kim produced after ten years of formal training in these teachings--which include his series In der-Welt-sein (1991), Deconstruction (1995) and The Museum Project (1995-2002), in which he created a private museum by placing figures in Plexiglas boxes--are described by him as "byproducts" or expressions of this Weltanschauung. The guiding motto or aphorism of the On-Air project is simply this: "all things eventually disappear." Kim's most recent series compresses 10,000 images of a city into one image, and represents the project's culmination.