Philosophical Reflections 3_1

Philosophical Reflections 3_1

Learning to Act (pages 11-35)

Jan Bransen ABSTRACT: In this paper I argue that to understand minded agency – the capacity we typically find instantiated in instances of human behaviour that could sensibly be questioned by asking “What did you do?” – one needs to understand childhood, i.e. the trajectory of learning to act. I discuss two different types of trajectory, both of which seem ... Read More »

Toward an Epistemology of Art (pages 37-64)

Arnold Cusmariu ABSTRACT: An epistemology of art has seemed problematic mainly because of arguments claiming that an essential element of a theory of knowledge, truth, has no place in aesthetic contexts. For, if it is objectively true that something is beautiful, it seems to follow that the predicate “is beautiful” expresses a property – a view asserted by Plato but ... Read More »

An Interpretation of McCall’s “Real Possible Worlds” and His Semantics for Counterfactuals (pages 65-78)

Alexandru Dragomir ABSTRACT: McCall (1984) offered a semantics of counterfactual conditionals based on “real possible worlds” that avoids using the vague notion of similarity between possible worlds. I will propose an interpretation of McCall’s counterfactuals in a formal framework based on Baltag-Moss-Solecki events and protocols. Moreover, I will argue that using this interpretation one can avoid an objection raised by ... Read More »

Transhumanism Between Human Enhancement and Technological Innovation (pages 79-88)

Ion Iuga ABSTRACT: Transhumanism introduces from its very beginning a paradigm shift about concepts like human nature, progress and human future. An overview of its ideology reveals a strong belief in the idea of human enhancement through technologically means. The theory of technological singularity, which is more or less a radicalisation of the transhumanist discourse, foresees a radical evolutionary change ... Read More »

The Self-Other Relationship Between Transcendental and Ethical Inquiries (pages 89-101)

Irina Rotaru ABSTRACT: This paper discusses two approaches of the relationship between subjectivity and intersubjectivity. The Husserlian one, a transcendental phenomenological investigation of the possibility of subjectivity and intersubjectivity, and the Waldenfelsian one, an ethical phenomenological investigation of day to day intersubjective interactions. Both authors pretend to give account of the conditions of possibility of intersubjective interaction. However, Husserl starts ... Read More »

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