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Hello to All!

With this post, I think it’s time to switch gears from relgion and education to something . . . . . . different, you could say. Sometimes, good ideas for blog posts come from people who you’d never thought could provide such ideas for you. In this case, I got the idea for this post from a Biology student who decided, for whatever reason, to lay out his distinction between someone being “hot” and “beautiful.”

Yes, this post will focus on Aesthetics. As much as “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” I still was interested in finding your take on this distinction, as I found it to be surprisingly interesting. (more…)

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Welcome the 116th Philosophers’ Carnival!

The Florida Student Philosophy Blog is proud to once again host the Carnival. This instantiation of the Carnival is a collection of the best submitted Philosophy posts for the last three weeks of October 2010.

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What is to follow is a brief discussion of truth in fiction. At some future date, I should like to expand it into a more substantial paper, but for now consider the following propositions:

  1. Sherlock Holmes does not have eleven fingers.
  2. Sherlock Holmes never visited the moons of Saturn.
  3. 221B Baker Street is not closer to Waterloo Station than to Paddington Station.

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In “Language, Truth, and Logic,” A.J. Ayer did art a great disservice. In one broad stroke, he labeled aesthetics meaningless. That is, as being merely a language-game, a sum of hopelessly subjective value judgments that are without truth content; no different, but perhaps worse, than ethical and theological propositions. Sadly, Ayer’s anti-aestheticism found too many supporters amongst analytic philosophers and with few exceptions perseveres to this day. Among the few exceptions, however, is Nelson Goodman. The late Nelson Goodman re-vitalized the study of aesthetics in analytic philosophy in his “Languages of Art: An Approach to a Theory of Symbols” [1968] and subsequently delineated what I think is a fruitful area of continued philosophical research.

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… the inaugural conference of the Center for Mind, Body, and Culture will take place March 29-30. Check out the site for details.

– Rico Vitz

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Our good fortune continues. Today, we are very pleased to welcome Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University) to our blog for a brief interview related to the opening of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture and its inaugural conference, which will take place this week.

FSPB: Richard, thank you for joining us. Congratulations to you and to FAU on the opening of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture. Can you tell us a little about the center: what motivated its development, and what is its purpose?

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The first Online Conference in Aesthetics, Arthur Danto’s Transfiguration of the Commonplace – 25 Years Later, begins today. Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University) is giving the opening keynote. Arthur Danto (Columbia) will provide concluding remarks.

Those interested in the conference might also want to visit this related blog: Philosophy of Art.

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