Volume III, Issue 4, 2016

What Would a Deontic Logic of Internal Reasons Look Like? (pages 351-373)

Rufus Duits ABSTRACT: The so-called ‘central problem’ of internalism has been formulated like this: one cannot concurrently maintain the following three philosophical positions without inconsistency: internalism about practical reason, moral rationalism, and moral absolutism. Since internalism about practical reason is the most controversial of these, the suggestion is that it is the one that is best abandoned. In this paper, I ... Read More »

Visual Modes of Ethotic Argumentation: An Exploratory Inquiry (pages 375-389)

Ioana Grancea ABSTRACT: Ethotic arguments are defined as sequences of claims-and-reasons regarding speaker character, based on which the plausibility of speaker assertions can be questioned. This is an exploratory study concerning the role of visuals in ethotic arguing. In this paper, I bring together contributions from visual argumentation theory and from studies regarding various modes of construing an ethotic argument, in ... Read More »

Faire l’amour (pages 391-410)

Christophe Perrin ABSTRACT: What does it mean to ‘make love?’ Or, rather, what are we doing when we ‘make love?’ This expression makes of love a praxis on which the history of philosophy, rather modest, has said little. Philosophy has certainly evoked love, but always as a passion, an emotion, a feeling, and rarely as an action, exercise or even as ... Read More »

Echoes of the Eugenic Movement from Interwar Romania in Communist Pronatalist Practices (pages 411-419)

Andreea Poenaru ABSTRACT: The present article dwells on the idea of the empowerment of women as it was used by the Communist regime. Eugenics, a field much discussed in inter-war Romania, was the main tool in controlling women. The principles of this science, related to the idea of biology as destiny, were adopted and applied so that the private sphere became ... Read More »

Does Marilyn Strathern Argue that the Concept of Nature Is a Social Construction? (pages 437-442)

Terence Rajivan Edward ABSTRACT: It is tempting to interpret Marilyn Strathern as saying that the concept of nature is a social construction, because in her essay “No Nature, No Culture: the Hagen Case” she tells us that the Hagen people do not describe the world using this concept. However, I point out an obstacle to interpreting her in this way, an ... Read More »

H.O.T. Theory, Concepts, and Synesthesia: A Reply to Adams and Shreve (pages 443-448)

Rocco J. Gennaro ABSTRACT: In response to Fred Adams and Charlotte Shreve’s (2016) paper entitled “What Can Synesthesia Teach Us about Higher Order Theories of Consciousness?”, previously published in Symposion, I argue that H.O.T. theory does have the resources to account for synesthesia and the specific worries that they advance in their paper, such as the relationship between concepts and experience ... Read More »

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