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What follows is a guest post by Nils-Hennes Stear. Note: This post is more or less a précis of part of the author’s ‘Meriting a Response: The Paradox of Seductive Artworks’, forthcoming in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. ¶ During a recent flight, I watched Ridley Scott’s The Martian. It’s a Robinsonade tale about Mark Watney (Matt Damon), an astronaut stranded on Mars and engineering his own survival. The film was watchable enough—well produced, acted, and visually arresting. Yet it suffered an irritating flaw: Watney is too damn buoyant. Stuck, literally millions of miles from home, with too little food, no company, and bleak prospects for safe return, he tackles each new existential challenge with a can-do optimism totally out of keeping with his existential emergency. So, when Watney tells his video diary that… ‘In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option: I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.’ ¶ Or… ‘I’m going to be taking a craft over in [technically] international waters without permission, which by definition… makes me a pirate. Mark Watney: Space Pirate.’ ¶ I vomited a little on the inside. And possibly on the outside. This is because, as I see it, the film tries way too hard to make the audience love Watney. Here’s another example: ¶ Were an actual person similarly stranded and yet stoic enough to have Watney’s ‘I can just life-hack my way off Mars’ levity, this would be singularly admirable and hilarious. But having a... -

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SEDUCTIVE ARTWORKS What follows is a guest post by Nils-Hennes Stear. Note: This post is more or less a précis of part of the author’s ‘Meriting a Response: The Paradox of Seductive Artworks’, forthcoming in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. During a recent flight, I watched Ridley Scott’s The Martian. It’s a Robinsonade tale about Mark Watney (Matt Damon), an astronaut stranded on Mars and engineering his own survival. The film was watchable enough—well produced, acted, and visually... Aesthetics for Birds -


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A Dual Process Model of Imaginative Resistance Hanna Kim is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Washington and Jefferson College. Her research interests include experimental philosophy, aesthetics, and metaphor. A post by Hanna Kim.The phenomenon of imaginative resistance has been widely discussed in the philosophical literature, including a number of times on this blog (e.g., see here, here, and here). Imaginative resistance has been defined as occurring “when an otherwise competent imaginer finds it difficult to engage in some sort of prompted... The Junkyard -


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Egoism [Revised entry by Robert Shaver on January 15, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Egoism can be a descriptive or a normative position. Psychological egoism, the most famous descriptive position, claims that each person has but one ultimate aim: her own welfare. Normative forms of egoism make claims about what one ought to do, rather than describe what one does do. Ethical egoism claims I morally ought to perform some action if and only if,... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -


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Artifacts, Aristotelianism and naturalism One of the main reasons I don’t believe in (complex) artifacts is that the existence of an artifact would have to depend on our intentions. Whether some stones make up a sculpture depends on whether they were piled with the intention of making a sculpture or just tossed in a heap to provide raw materials. And it is incredible that just because one thinks about something in a particular way while executing a series of... Alexander Pruss -


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QUANTUM HERMENEUTICS: on the failure of Laruelle’s structuralism Abstract: Thought does not only make use of images to give it concrete illustrations or applications, but is also organised in terms of certain overarching images that give form and plausibility to its exercise in a particular epoch. There are two influential images of thought that have given rise to diverse contemporary metaphysical research programmes in Continental Philosophy: the quantum image and the performance image. Both of these are articulated in opposition to the dominance... Agent Swarm -


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