Three Lectures in Aesthetics

by Daniel A. Kaufman ____ Three lectures from this semester's upper-division course in Aesthetics [PHI 320] at Missouri State University.  My topics include: Formalism; Clive Bell; The Wittgenstein-inspired view that 'art' cannot be defined; Morris Weitz; Maurice Mandelbaum; Relational Definitions; and The Institutional Theory of Art. Following the video lecture links are the three sets... Continue Reading →

Socrates in the Weingarten

By Paul So This is a response to a Washington Post article written by Gene Weingarten, which can be found here. We highly recommend you check it out, before reading this dialogue. Socrates: Hello Gene. Gene Weingarten: Wait….is that Socrates? It can’t be….you’re dead! You must be some homeless guy, impersonating Socrates. Where did you... Continue Reading →

This Week’s Special: Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”

By Daniel A. Kaufman http://www.ditext.com/quine/quine.html On tap this week is one of the most influential philosophy papers of the last century, Willard Van Orman Quine’s “Two Dogmas of Empiricism,” which initially appeared in the Philosophical Review in 1951 and was later reprinted in his book, From a Logical Point of View, first published in 1953.... Continue Reading →

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