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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

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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 ...


The Minimal Definition And Methodology Of Comparative Philosophy: A Report From A Conference [Abstract], Stephen C. Angle 2010 Wesleyan University

The Minimal Definition And Methodology Of Comparative Philosophy: A Report From A Conference [Abstract], Stephen C. Angle

Comparative Philosophy

In June of 2008, the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) convened its third Constructive Engagement conference, on the theme of “Comparative Philosophy Methodology.” During the opening speeches, Prof. Dunhua ZHAO, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Peking University, challenged the conference’s participants to put forward a minimal definition of “comparative philosophy” and a statement of its methods. Based on the papers from the conference and the extensive discussion that ensued, during my closing reflections at the end of the conference I offered a tentative synthesis of the conference’s conclusions. That summary has ...


What About The Children? Benjamin And Arendt: On Education, Work, And The Political, jules simon 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

What About The Children? Benjamin And Arendt: On Education, Work, And The Political, Jules Simon

Jules Simon

This article is a rough draft of an article that I contributed to an edited volume of articles dealing with progressive education theory. I reflect on articles that Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin wrote that deal with educational reform and innovation, both political in nature.


The ‘Isms’Wars: Reflections On Philosophical Models In Health Care And Chiropractic., Dennis M. Richards 2010 Richards Chiropractic

The ‘Isms’Wars: Reflections On Philosophical Models In Health Care And Chiropractic., Dennis M. Richards

Dennis M Richards

This paper is based on a presentation made at the Macquarie University’s Department of Chiropractic Advisory Board’s Quo Vadis? Forum on the Teaching and Learning of Chiropractic Principles and Philosophy at Macquarie, held on May 8, 2010 on the Macquarie campus.


Reason And Desire: The Case Of Affective Desires, Attila Tanyi 2010 University of Liverpool

Reason And Desire: The Case Of Affective Desires, Attila Tanyi

Attila Tanyi

The paper begins with an objection to the Desire-Based Reasons Model. The argument from reason-based desires holds that since desires are based on reasons (first premise), which they transmit but to which they cannot add (second premise), they cannot themselves provide reasons for action. In the paper I investigate an attack that has recently been launched against the first premise of this argument by Ruth Chang. Chang invokes a counterexample: affective desires. The aim of the paper is to see if there is a way to accommodate the counterexample to the first premise. I investigate three strategies. I first deal ...


An Online Ethics Training Module For Public Relations Professionals: A Demonstration Project, Lee Anne Peck, Nancy J. Matchett 2010 University of Northern Colorado

An Online Ethics Training Module For Public Relations Professionals: A Demonstration Project, Lee Anne Peck, Nancy J. Matchett

Department of Philosophy Faculty Publications

Peer review of online courses can be done at a distance using a combination of asynchronous course visits and synchronous discussion with online meeting tools. This technology-mediated approach gives online faculty the opportunity to experience an unfamiliar course interface from a student's perspective, encourages a focus on design elements distinct from course content, and promotes a feeling of community. IT personnel can enhance this process by providing faculty with archived peer-review sessions and detailed "how to" instructions, while also facilitating their hands-on experience with new technologies.


On Perfect Friendship: An Outline And A Guide To Aristotle's Philosophy Of Friendship, Kristen Psaty 2010 Colby College

On Perfect Friendship: An Outline And A Guide To Aristotle's Philosophy Of Friendship, Kristen Psaty

Honors Theses

Providing insight into such timeless questions as: What is friendship? Are the best friends similar or dissimilar? and Does having friends make you a better person?, the paper addresses the importance of friendship for Aristotle, but also for the modern reader as well. A topic of special philosophical concern, Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) considered friendship to be necessary in achieving a virtuous and fulfilling life. Consequently, he wrote more about friendship than any other virtue he presented. This paper lays the foundation for understanding Aristotle’s philosophy of friendship as well as its position within his larger moral schema. The ...


Affirmative Judgments: The Sabbath Of Deconstruction, Roland K. Végső 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Affirmative Judgments: The Sabbath Of Deconstruction, Roland K. Végső

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

For reasons that are equally strategic and philosophical, we need to understand that the correct answer to the question ‘What is deconstruction?’ is that deconstruction is the unconditional affirmation of the undeconstructible. Calling upon Derrida, Kant, and Hegel, Végső posits that the fact that we have almost completely lost sight of this dimension of deconstructive thought accounts for much of the confusion surrounding its ethical and political force. In order to clarify some of these points, an explanation of the nature of this unconditional affirmation is needed. Végső puts forth the proposition that the truth of deconstruction is aptly encapsulated ...


Scraping Down The Past: Memory And Amnesia In W. G. Sebald's Anti-Narrative, Kathy Behrendt 2010 Wilfrid Laurier University

Scraping Down The Past: Memory And Amnesia In W. G. Sebald's Anti-Narrative, Kathy Behrendt

Philosophy Faculty Publications

Vanguard anti-narrativist Galen Strawson declares personal memory unimportant for self-constitution. But what if lapses of personal memory are sustained by a morally reprehensible amnesia about historical events, as happens in the work of German author W. G. Sebald? The importance of memory cannot be downplayed in such cases. Nevertheless, contrary to expectations, a concern for memory needn’t ally one with the narrativist view of the self. Recovery of historical and personal memory results in self-dissolution and not self-unity or understanding in Sebald’s characters. In the end, Sebald shows how memory can be significant, even imperative, within a deeply ...


The Sixth Tseten Zhabdrung, Jigme Rigpai Lodro, Nicole Willock 2010 Old Dominion University

The Sixth Tseten Zhabdrung, Jigme Rigpai Lodro, Nicole Willock

Philosophy Faculty Publications

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Jigme Rigpai Lodro ('jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros), the Sixth Tseten Zhabdrung (tshe tan zhabs drung), was born on May 31, 1910, the twenty-second day of the fourth month of the iron dog year in the fifteenth rab byung cycle. He was the second youngest of eight children born to his father Yang Cai, whose Tibetan name was Lobzang Tashi (blo bzang bkra shis), and his mother, Lhamotar (lha mo thar). His birthplace, Yadzi (ya rdzi), is more commonly known today by its Chinese name, Jishi Town (Jishi zhen 积石镇) in today's Xunhua Salar Autonomous ...


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