Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction

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Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed CounterPunch

Pfizer is testing a pill that, if successful, could become first-ever home cure for COVID-19Montreal Gazette. 

This article includes the phrase “keeping schtum” for “staying close-mouthed” Vrbov and New York Yiddish-ism used in Montreal 


  1. Sin in Christian Thought, by Kevin Timpe.


  1. Omniscience, by Edward Wierenga.
  2. Friedrich Hayek, by David Schmidtz and Peter Boettke.
  3. Medieval Theories of Modality, by Simo Knuuttila.
  4. Montague Semantics, by Theo M. V. Janssen and Thomas Ede Zimmermann.
  5. Constructive Empiricism, by Bradley Monton and Chad Mohler.
  6. John Rawls, by Leif Wenar.
  7. Leo Strauss, by Leora Batnitzky.
  8. Zeno of Elea, by John Palmer.
  9. Economics and Economic Justice, by Marc Fleurbaey.
  10. 17th and 18th Century Theories of Emotions, by Amy M. Schmitter.
  11. Pragmatism, by Catherine Legg and Christopher Hookway.
  12. Tommaso Campanella, by Germana Ernst and Jean-Paul De Lucca.
  13. Nicholas of Autrecourt, by Hans Thijssen.


  1. The Bhagavad Gītā, by Shyam Ranganathan.


  1. Gregory Fried (Boston College) reviews Politics and Negation: For an Affirmative Philosophy, by Roberto Esposito, and Zakiya Hanafi (tr.).
  2. Peter Lamarque (University of York) reviews Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction, by Gregory Currie.
  3. Yitzhak Y. Melamed (Johns Hopkins) reviews Being and Reason: An Essay on Spinoza’s Metaphysics, by Martin Lin.

1000-Word Philosophy  ∅

Recent Philosophy Book Reviews in Non-Academic Media   

  1. The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas by Robert Zaretsky, reviewed by Max Norman at Prospect.
  2. The Knowledge Machine: How an Unreasonable Idea Created Modern Science by Michael Strevens, reviewed by Robyn Arianrhod at Australian Book Review.

Compiled by Michael Glawson

BONUS: The Work-Break Paradox

  1. “An understanding of Coleridge’s thinking… provides insight into the beginnings of the analytic-Continental divide and a bridge between materialist and dynamic (powers-based) views in the sciences” — Peter Cheyne (Shimane) on the philosophy of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  2. Radical embodied cognitive science — a conversation ranging across philosophy and psychology with Richard Brown (CUNY) and Tony Chemero (Cincinnati)
  3. “What do accountants know about morality? More than you might think, but not enough” — Robert Bloomfield (Cornell) sets out “moral accounting” and asks philosophers for feedback
  4. “Rogue Philosophers” is a new video series of conversations — between academic philosopher Jennifer Scuro and philosophical counselor Monica Vilhauer
  5. The park in Athens that is home to the site of Plato’s Academy is getting a makeover — the plan, which includes a new archaeological museum, “fully respects the history of the space and revives the spirit of the Platonic Academy for the simultaneous education of mind and body,” says Greece’s culture minister
  6. “I think imagination can do much more than philosophers often give it credit for” — an interview with Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna)
  7. 29 philosophers agree: enough with the repugnant conclusion already! — in Utilitas. (Editorial note: ok, but let’s stop framing Parfit’s problems as *about* population; his “population problems” are no more about population than trolley problems are about trolleys)