Philosophical Reflections2_2

An Evolutionary Argument for a Self-Explanatory, Benevolent Metaphysics (pages 143-166)

Ward Blondé ABSTRACT: In this paper, a metaphysics is proposed that includes everything that can be represented by a well-founded multiset. It is shown that this metaphysics, apart from being self-explanatory, is also benevolent. Paradoxically, it turns out that the probability that we were born in another life than our own is zero. More insights are gained by inducing properties from ... Read More »

Visual Arguments and Moral Causes in Charity Advertising: Ethical Considerations (pages 167-185)

Ioana Grancea ABSTRACT: Social advertising often employs persuasive imagery in support of a morally laden cause. These visual arguments can take the form of veridical representations of the given situation or the form of purposeful visual blends. Both visual routes to persuasion have serious ethical issues to confront. In what concerns the purportedly veridical images, controversies about picture retouching and framing have cast many doubts on ... Read More »

Contre la prestance du déterminisme social: Bourdieu et Melançon (pages 187-200)

Maja Alexandra Nazaruk ABSTRACT: Focused on the notion of the threshold of objectivity, my article dissects the empirical mirror-glass of the philosophy of Joseph Melançon. I propose to thrust this emblematic perspective of determinist discourse against the literary turn, acclaimed for its underpinning ambiguous subjectivity – here notably made relevant by Pierre Bourdieu. Both discursive practices complete each other and reject ... Read More »

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