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  • An Unconventional History of Human Rights

    PBS By David E. Anderson An excerpt: In a provocative and contrarian new book, “The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History” (Harvard University Press, 2010), Columbia University professor Samuel Moyn outlines the moral and political dilemmas in which the movement currently finds itself, describing his...
     Posted by: agomberg
  • Mein Data, Did Any Useful Science Come Out of the Nazi Concentration Camps?

    By Brian Palmer from Slate "Leaving aside the question of medical ethics, did any useful science ever come out of Nazi experiments on unwilling subjects? Very little. Concentration camp doctors conducted research on vaccines, antibiotics, fertility, transplantation, and eugenics. The majority of...
     Posted by: cait
  • Why Hungary is Wrong to Criminalize Holocaust Denial

    By Adam LeBor from Dissent Magazine. "The consensus among many politicians seems to be that Hungary is too immature a democracy to allow Holocaust denial. Yet Hungary, much more than its neighbors, has made progress in the memorialization of the Holocaust and Budapest boasts an excellent Holocaust...
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  • Cosmopolitanism as Virtue (2011)

    By Stan Van Hooft Abstract: This paper explores cosmopolitanism, not as a position within political philosophy or international relations, but as a virtuous stance taken by individuals who see their responsibilities as extending globally. Taking as its cue some recent writing by Kwame Anthony Appiah...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: agomberg
  • Utilitarian? Maybe Antisocial, Too. (2011)

    The Mismeasure of Morals: Antisocial Personality Traits Predict Utilitarian Responses to Moral Dilemmas By Daniel M. Bartels and David A. Pizzaro Researchers have recently argued that utilitarianism is the appropriate framework by which to evaluate moral judgment, and that individuals who endorse non...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: agomberg
  • Pity, Empathy, and the Tragic Spectacle of Human Suffering: Exploring the Emotional Culture of Compassion in Late Ancient Christianity (2010)

    By Paul M. Blowers While abundant recent studies have illuminated the social and cultural realities underlying Christian responses to poverty in late antiquity, the present essay investigates the unique challenges to Christian preachers in cultivating a moral psychology of compassion. Drawing on the...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • A Saint of One's Own: Emmanuel Levinas, Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, and Eulalia of Mérida (2010)

    By Virginia Burrus Shame and sanctity are intimately related in ancient "lives" of Jewish sages and Christian ascetics. Infinitely other , saints (from Eliezer to Eulalia) are also infinitely seductive in the audacity of their willful abjection. Drawing desire beyond law, hagiography evokes...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Courage in The Analects: A Genealogical Survey of the Confucian Virtue of Courage (2010)

    By Lisheng Chen The different meanings of “courage” in The Analects were expressed in Confucius’ remark on Zilu’s bravery. The typological analysis of courage in Mencius and Xunzi focused on the shaping of the personalities of brave persons. “Great courage” and “superior courage”, as the virtues of ...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Biography and Historiography: Mutual Evidentiary and Interdisciplinary Considerations (2009)

    Robert I Rotberg Biography is history, depends on history, and strengthens and enriches history. In turn, all history is biography. History could hardly exist without biographical insights—without the texture of human endeavor that emanates from a full appreciation of human motivation, the real or perceived...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Biography as History: A Personal Reflection (2009)

    Stanley Wolpert History has illuminated every field of human endeavor—science as well as the arts—embracing countless modern disciplines, expanding its focus on change over time to comprehend entire nations, cultures, and civilizations, each far more complex than any individual life. But at its best...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Socratic Political Philosophy in Xenophon's Symposium (2009)

    Thomas L. Pangle This interpretative commentary recovers the largely overlooked significance of a work that illuminates, by portraying in a subtle comic drama, the new perspective on existence, the new way of life, that Socrates introduced in and through his founding of political philosophy. The famous...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: nick stock
  • Education in the Virtues: Tragic Emotions and the Artistic Imagination (2009)

    By Derek L Penwell The profoundly thoughtful—not to mention extensive—character of the scholarship historically applied to the nature of the difference between Plato and Aristotle on the issue of the tragic emotions raises the obvious question: What new is there left to say? In this article I seek to...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: cait
  • Sympathy in Mind (1876-1900) (2009)

    Lanzoni, Susan "The article discusses the account of emotion which highlights the bodily and physiological constitution of various feeling-states. It highlights the role of sympathy, which was most often understood to be a kind of tenderheartedness linked to, but distinct from love, in the debates...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: wattawa
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