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6. Scepticism about libertarian freedom

6. Scepticism about libertarian freedom  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0006
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‘Scepticism about libertarian freedom’ explores libertarian freedom. Self-determination appears to take the form of freedom, but is freedom possible? Libertarianism says that when free ... More
4. The programme of social theory

4. The programme of social theory  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0004
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Habermas asks: how is social order possible? He believes that in modern, secular societies social order rests mainly on communicative action and discourse, which help establish and maintain ... More
6. Discourse ethics I: the discourse theory of morality

6. Discourse ethics I: the discourse theory of morality  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0006
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Discourse ethics is the normative heart of Habermas's philosophy. In it he develops themes of publicity, inclusiveness, equality, solidarity, justice in terms of the pragmatic meaning ... More
1. Humans and beasts: understanding ourselves

1. Humans and beasts: understanding ourselves  

Julia Annas

in Ancient Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776359
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853578.003.0001
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How do we decide between two courses of action? How can anger, or any other emotion or feeling, get someone to go against what they have deliberately resolved to do? ‘Humans and beasts: ... More
1. The free will problem

1. The free will problem  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0001
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‘The free will problem’ explores a dilemma which has puzzled philosophers for centuries. Common sense dictates that we can control our actions, but can we? The answer lies in understanding ... More
1. Ritualization

1. Ritualization  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
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10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0002
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‘Ritualization’ considers one of the cornerstones of ritual studies—ritualization. It begins with ethology, the study of animal behaviour and goes on to discuss ritualization theory and how ... More
3. Ritual and society

3. Ritual and society  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0004
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What does ritual do? Sociological and anthropological theory of the first half of the twentieth century proposes that ritual—secular or sacred—binds groups together, ensuring their ... More
6. Ritual as performance

6. Ritual as performance  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
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10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0007
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Cross-culturally, ritual typically includes elements commonly associated with performance events: music or rhythmic accompaniment; dance or other stylized bodily movements; and masking, ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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10.1093/actrade/9780199943524.003.0001
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The ‘Introduction’ asks what is ritual? Is ritual useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? It suggests that to think about ritual is to reflect on human nature, sociality, and culture. ... More
5. Definitions, types, domains

5. Definitions, types, domains  

Barry Stephenson

in Ritual: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2015
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Feb 2015
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9780199394432
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The word “ritual” is used in three different, though related, ways. First, ritual is conceived as a kind of action. Second, ritual is a cultural domain, arena, stage, or field, in and out ... More
6. Logic

6. Logic  

Brad Inwood

in Stoicism: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2018
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Jul 2018
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9780191828973
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10.1093/actrade/9780198786665.003.0006
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‘Logic’ explains that logic has a broad and a narrow sense in Stoic theory and deals with a subset of sayables and meanings. Their logic is close to what we would call propositional logic. ... More
3. Signalling in the brain: getting connected

3. Signalling in the brain: getting connected  

Michael O’Shea

in The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776496
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853929.003.0003
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‘Signalling in the brain’ outlines the mechanisms of nervous signalling, which needs to be accurate, reliable, and quick. It is brought about by the movement of ‘action potentials’ across ... More
3. The pragmatic meaning programme

3. The pragmatic meaning programme  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0003
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Habermas identified what he called the ‘linguistic turn’ which was a general shift in philosophy which makes an analysis of language use and locates the rational basis of the coordination ... More
2. Freedom as free will

2. Freedom as free will  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0002
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‘Freedom as free will’ examines the link between freedom and reason. Most animals lack the capacity for freedom of action. They can have desires and purposeful actions, but they lack the ... More
7. Self-determination and the will

7. Self-determination and the will  

Thomas Pink

in Free Will: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191776366
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853585.003.0007
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‘Self-determination and the will’ assesses the exercise problem. Hobbes' theory of action cites the causal power of desires as the capability for action. This threatens libertarian freedom, ... More
5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids

5. Anaesthetic drugs and fluids  

Aidan O’Donnell

in Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777868
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584543.003.0005
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‘Anaesthic drugs and fluids’ looks at anaesthetic gases, such as nitrous oxide, which are used as an anaesthetic agent, intravenous induction agents, muscle-relaxant drugs, analgesics, and ... More
Final thoughts

Final thoughts  

Owen Davies

in Magic: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777929
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10.1093/actrade/9780199588022.003.0008
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9780199588022
Magic does not live in the past — magic is alive and well today, all over the world. Magic has a range of meanings and has still has relevance. Magic is a language, a belief, an action, ... More
Perception: A Very Short Introduction

Perception: A Very Short Introduction  

Brian Rogers

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780191833410
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10.1093/actrade/9780198791003.001.0001
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9780198791003
Perception is concerned with how we use the information reaching our senses to guide and control our behaviour and create our particular, subjective experiences of the world. Perception: A ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Eric Rauchway

in The Great Depression and New Deal: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780199365609
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10.1093/actrade/9780195326345.003.0888
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9780195326345
The Great Depression caused a profound crisis in the US. The world that broke down in 1929 broke down for reasons that had been predicted before. The Introduction gives a brief analysis of ... More
5. Character, sex, and the unconscious

5. Character, sex, and the unconscious  

Christopher Janaway

in Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775666
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802590.003.0005
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9780192802590
‘Character, sex, and the unconscious’ explores Schopenhauer's treatment of character and individuality. In Schopenhauer's view, the will is the primary element within us. The will often has ... More

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