Review of Bruce Wilshire’s Fashionable Nihilism
August 11, 2009, 12:24 AM
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Review submitted to Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

written by David A. Hoekema

“Bruce Wilshire argues, in the first few essays collected here, that the catastrophe Nietzsche foresaw has arrived even sooner than he predicted it would, within the span of one century rather than two. The intellectual world of the universities has embraced nihilism and cannot imagine an alternative. Worst of all, those who are principally responsible for this development are those who should be its most stalwart opponents. It is not unwashed barbarians, Hollywood moguls, or talk-show hosts who have emptied our lives of the possibility of genuine meaning. It is philosophers, and in particular the oligarchic cabal of analytic philosophers who control philosophy conferences, journals, and graduate programs in the United States, who have ushered in the catastrophe that Nietzsche envisioned. Contemporary Western civilization is in a state of advanced decay, and philosophers who regard their discipline as dedicated to systematic and logical resolution of narrowly defined “problems,” Wilshire argues, are principally at fault.”

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*Wilshire, Bruce. Fashionable Nihilism: A Critique of Analytic Philosophy, State University of New York Press, 2002, 171pp, $18.95 (pbk), ISBN 0791454304. 


Luciano Floridi on the Fourth Revolution
July 23, 2009, 4:09 PM
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Philosophy bites talks to Luciano Floridi about transformations in our self-understanding caused by technological advancements.

“When your Nike shoes start talking to your iPod and download from the Internet the kind of music you would like to listen to when you’re running, you know that you have entered a completely new sphere. The Internet or digital or information reality is actually becoming more continuous with the physical reality of chairs and cars and buildings that we are more commonly used to.”

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The Influence of John Dewey on Experimental Colleges: The Black Mountain Example
May 17, 2009, 10:44 PM
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Katherine C. Reynolds

“When Dewey worried about the practice of progressive education in the hands of zealots, he vented his concerns in ways aimed at constructively reframing classroom methods. He pointed out the differences between freedom to learn and anarchy in the schools, insisting that students cannot mature toward life in society when, “in some progressive schools the fear of adult imposition has become a veritable phobia,” and where educators demonstrated “enthusiasm much more than understanding” of progressive concepts.”

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