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Essex Human Rights Review

September 28, 2006

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Essex Human Rights Review are soliciting submissions on a rolling basis. There is the potential for a small article or a review here. The most likely topic for an article seems to be the problem posed by freedom of expression – which is often held to be a human right – in places like China, […]

Whodunnit? Further Research

September 24, 2006

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Preliminary research suggests that, perhaps unbelievably, there is no existing book that discusses famous fictional detectives from the perspective of philosophical logic! This indicates one of two things: a.) There is a good opportunity here to write an undergraduate/popular philosophy book which will appeal to those with an interest in philosophy, literature and crime or […]

Habermas Reading Group

September 17, 2006

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With the start of the new term at Essex looming large, it’s time to see if we can get the Habermas reading group rolling. I think that the first reading should be Thomas McCarthy’s introduction to Theory of Communicative Action (Theorie des kommunikativen Handelns) [1987/1981]. The second reading could be the end of Vol. 2; […]

Whodunnit? Philosophy, Logic and the Great Detectives

September 17, 2006

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A recent discussion of logic with Nick Joll and a summer mis-spent nose-deep in classic detective novels had provided the inspiration for a new project. After re-reading Holmes and getting heavily into the Poirot (not to mention the more subdued Father Brown) it occurs to me that there hasn’t really been a thorough investigation of […]

An Idea of Evil

September 16, 2006

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The most recent project I’ve taken on was to prepare a reader’s copy of the new book by the UK philosopher, Peter Dews. The book considers how the problem of evil has vexed philosophers working in the French and German traditions since Kant argued for the existence of ‘radical evil’ as a philosophical counterpart to […]

Exodus

September 16, 2006

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The move over to the new servers is now complete, and now there only remains the small matter of putting the house in order – please be patient.