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The Logic Of The Catuskoti, Graham Priest 2010 San Jose State University

The Logic Of The Catuskoti, Graham Priest

Comparative Philosophy

In early Buddhist logic, it was standard to assume that for any state of affairs there were four possibilities: that it held, that it did not, both, or neither. This is the catuskoti (or tetralemma). Classical logicians have had a hard time making sense of this, but it makes perfectly good sense in the semantics of various paraconsistent logics, such as First Degree Entailment. Matters are more complicated for later Buddhist thinkers, such as Nagarjuna, who appear to suggest that none of these options, or more than one, may hold. The point of this paper is to examine the matter ...


Confucianism And Virtue Ethics: Still A Fledgling In Chinese And Comparative Philosophy, Justin Tiwald 2010 San Francisco State University

Confucianism And Virtue Ethics: Still A Fledgling In Chinese And Comparative Philosophy, Justin Tiwald

Comparative Philosophy

The past couple of decades have witnessed a remarkable burst of philosophical energy and talent devoted to virtue ethical approaches to Confucianism, including several books, articles, and even high-profile workshops and conferences that make connections between Confucianism and either virtue ethics as such or moral philosophers widely regarded as virtue ethicists. Those who do not work in the combination of Chinese philosophy and ethics may wonder what all of the fuss is about. Others may be more familiar with the issues but have doubts about the fruitfulness of this line of inquiry. It is therefore worth asking whether a constructive ...


Whole Set Of Volume 1 No 2 (2010) Of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Whole Set Of Volume 1 No 2 (2010) Of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Comparative Philosophy Vol 2 No 2 Contents Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Comparative Philosophy Vol 2 No 2 Contents Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

No abstract provided.


Vol 1 No 2 Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Vol 1 No 2 Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

This page provides the journal cover design, which can be used as the cover page of a hard copy of the whole or partial set of the contents of the current issue (vol 1, no 2) of the journal.


Vol 1 No 2 Information Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Vol 1 No 2 Information Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

This page provides some basic journal information (the constitution of the international editorial board of the journal, the identity of itsl publisher, its emphasis, coverage and orientation, etc.).


Mother Earth "Speaks": Change Yourself, Change The World, Use The Archetypal Energy "Harmony" As A Guide, carroy u. ferguson 2010 UMASS Boston

Mother Earth "Speaks": Change Yourself, Change The World, Use The Archetypal Energy "Harmony" As A Guide, Carroy U. Ferguson

Carroy U "Cuf" Ferguson, Ph.D.

In relation to the Cosmos, we all, as human beings, live on this tiny planet we call Earth, a planet that supports and sustains life, as we know it. There are many different kinds of people, plants, and animals functioning in harmony with soil, air, and water--all linked to one another in a complex web of life to form one Earth community. Unfortunately, we often take this miracle and ecosystem of life for granted. When, however, we take the ecosystem of life too much for granted, Mother Earth "speaks," reflecting imbalances and dis-harmonies. When Mother Earth "speaks," her message is ...


Exploring The Space Of Resistance: Art As A Site Of Re-Orientation, Lauren Emily Stansbury 2010 Syracuse University

Exploring The Space Of Resistance: Art As A Site Of Re-Orientation, Lauren Emily Stansbury

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

How are we oriented toward things outside our bodies? More specifically, how are our bodies tethered by the hooks of ideology, lurched forward in the inertia of consumer capitalism, or led tacitly by state and social apparatuses? This orienting of our bodies toward prescribed action relies on the conscious recognition these (abstract) objects exterior to our selves—we must face them, to complete the orienting process. But what happens when we turn away? And what kind of objects could so capture our attention, as to divert the normative gaze from the ushers of hegemonic power? Art that exists outside of ...


An Argument For Moral Nihilism, Tommy Fung 2010 Syracuse University

An Argument For Moral Nihilism, Tommy Fung

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

This project outlines what free will and moral responsibility would require in the truest sense, and will argue that we, as agents, do not truly exercise free will, and are thus not morally responsible for our choices. The project dismisses the Principle of Alternate Possibilities as the judge of moral responsibility, while establishing that being the source of one’s action is required for true moral responsibility. It discusses what causal determinism is, why its existence would threaten moral responsibility. The project then attacks the stance that holds that moral responsibility and determinism are compatible, even though they have a ...


Mysticism And Mystery Moves: An Examination Of Flow Theory, John Michael Trembley 2010 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Mysticism And Mystery Moves: An Examination Of Flow Theory, John Michael Trembley

Masters Theses

This study takes a phenomenological approach to squirt kayaking. It looks to examine mystical states of consciousness, as defined by William James, and flow theory, as defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and focuses on what these experiences mean for participants of the squirt kayaking community. The study poses three research questions. (1) Do squirt kayakers experience mystical states of consciousness through squirt kayaking, and what does this experience mean? (2) Do squirt kayakers experience flow states of consciousness through squirt kayaking, and how was this experienced? (3) What is the mystery zombie or the mystery trance state, and how is it ...


The Biopolitical Unconscious: Not-All Persons Are Political, Ross G. Shields 2010 Macalester College

The Biopolitical Unconscious: Not-All Persons Are Political, Ross G. Shields

Media and Cultural Studies Honors Projects

It is a tenet of post-structuralist theory that discursive series fail in their attempts to constitute themselves as totalities. A system can fail in two distinct ways—from Kant’s dynamic and mathematic failures of reason, to Jacques Lacan’s equation of the two failures of language with the two failures (male and female) of sex. Biopolitical theory offers the most recent account of failure and collapse, now on the geopolitical scale. Given that the biopolitical subject too is sexed, this thesis asks the question: How does biopolitics fail? Franz Kafka’s aborted novels offer a premonition to a possible ...


Vol 1 No 1_Contents Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Vol 1 No 1_Contents Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

This page provides the table of contents of the current issue.


On Constructive-Engagement Strategy Of Comparative Philosophy: A Journal Theme Introduction [Abstract], BO MOU 2010 San Jose State University

On Constructive-Engagement Strategy Of Comparative Philosophy: A Journal Theme Introduction [Abstract], Bo Mou

Comparative Philosophy

In this journal theme introduction, first, I explain how comparative philosophy as explored in the journal Comparative Philosophy is understood and how it is intrinsically related to the constructive engagement strategy. Second, to characterize more clearly and accurately some related methodological points of the constructive-engagement strategy, and also to explain how constructive engagement is possible, I introduce some needed conceptual and explanatory resources and a meta-methodological framework and endeavor to identify adequacy conditions for methodological guiding principles in comparative studies. Third, as a case analysis, I show how the constructive-engagement reflective practice bears on recent studies of Chinese and comparative ...


Whole Set Of Volume 1 No 1 (2010) Of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Whole Set Of Volume 1 No 1 (2010) Of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

Whole Set of Contents of Current Issue (for cross-reference reading and hard-copy preservation of the whole issue)


Vol 1 No 1_Information Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Vol 1 No 1_Information Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

This page provides some basic journal information (the constitution of the international editorial board of the journal, the identity of itsl publisher, its emphasis, coverage and orientation, etc.).


Logical Analysis And Later Mohist Logic: Some Comparative Reflections [Abstract], Marshall D. Willman 2010 New York Institute of Technology

Logical Analysis And Later Mohist Logic: Some Comparative Reflections [Abstract], Marshall D. Willman

Comparative Philosophy

Any philosophical method that treats the analysis of the meaning of a sentence or expression in terms of a decomposition into a set of conceptually basic constituent parts must do some theoretical work to explain the puzzles of intensionality. This is because intensional phenomena appear to violate the principle of compositionality, and the assumption of compositionality is the principal justification for thinking that an analysis will reveal the real semantical import of a sentence or expression through a method of decomposition. Accordingly, a natural strategy for dealing with intensionality is to argue that it is really just an isolable, aberrant ...


Typology Of Nothing: Heidegger, Daoism And Buddhism [Abstract], Zhihua Yao 2010 San Jose State University

Typology Of Nothing: Heidegger, Daoism And Buddhism [Abstract], Zhihua Yao

Comparative Philosophy

Parmenides expelled nonbeing from the realm of knowledge and forbade us to think or talk about it. But still there has been a long tradition of nay-sayings throughout the history of Western and Eastern philosophy. Are those philosophers talking about the same nonbeing or nothing? If not, how do their concepts of nothing differ from each other? Could there be different types of nothing? Surveying the traditional classifications of nothing or nonbeing in the East and West have led me to develop a typology of nothing that consists of three main types: 1) privative nothing, commonly known as absence; 2 ...


Comparison Paradox, Comparative Situation And Inter-Paradigmaticy: A Methodological Reflection On Cross-Cultural Philosophical Comparison [Abstract], Xianglong Zhang 2010 San Jose State University

Comparison Paradox, Comparative Situation And Inter-Paradigmaticy: A Methodological Reflection On Cross-Cultural Philosophical Comparison [Abstract], Xianglong Zhang

Comparative Philosophy

It is commonly believed that philosophical comparison depends on having some common measure or standard between and above the compared parts. The paper is to show that the foregoing common belief is incorrect and therewith to inquire into the possibility of cross-cultural philosophical comparison. First, the ‘comparison paradox’ will be expounded. It is a theoretical difficulty for the philosophical tendency represented by Plato’s theory of Ideas to justify comparative activities. Further, the connection of the comparative paradox with the obstacles met by cross-cultural philosophical comparisons will be demonstrated. It will be shown that to attribute the difficulty of cross-cultural ...


Vol 1 No 1_Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy 2010 San Jose State University

Vol 1 No 1_Cover Page, Comparative Philosophy

Comparative Philosophy

This page provides the journal cover design, which can be used as the cover page of a hard copy of the whole or partial set of the contents of the current issue (vol 1, no 1) of the journal.


On The Value Of Philosophy: The Latin American Case [Abstract], Manuel Vargas 2010 San Jose State University

On The Value Of Philosophy: The Latin American Case [Abstract], Manuel Vargas

Comparative Philosophy

There is very little study of Latin American philosophy in the English-speaking philosophical world. This can sometimes lead to the impression that there is nothing of philosophical worth in Latin American philosophy or its history. The present article offers some reasons for thinking that this impression is mistaken, and indeed, that we ought to have more study of Latin American philosophy than currently exists in the English-speaking philosophical world. In particular, the article argues for three things: (1) an account of cultural resources that is useful for illuminating the fact of cultural differences and variations in cultural complexity, (2) a ...


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