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The Aesthetics of Punk Rock – By Jesse Prinz

We thought our readers might like to read this awesome Philosophy Compass article from Jesse Prinz on The Aesthetics of Punk Rock. the article has been made free to read until the end of this year. Enjoy! Prinz, J. (2014), The Aesthetics of Punk Rock. Philosophy Compass, 9: 583–593. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12145   You might also like: View the complete…

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Minecraft and Philosophy

Minecraft and Philosophy Kierkegaard Would Play Hardcore Mode by Ian Schnee   Diamonds Aren’t Forever Minecraft is a building game: you place blocks, pistons, stairs, and electric wire to construct anything imaginable, from Gothic fortresses to carnival rollercoasters.  In creative mode you have unlimited access to building materials, but in survival mode the player has…

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Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy

Guardians of the Galaxy and Philosophy “We are Groot! Jeffery L. Nicholas   Guardians of the Galaxy! What a film. Packed with action, story, special effects, humor, and a walking, talking tree. Much press release and on-line babble treated GotG as another super-hero movie, but I think the movie makes clear that, it’s, not a…

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League of Legends and Philosophy

  League of Legends and Philosophy Can a Videogame Be a Sport? Roger Hunt   Ever since the day when Plato was a wrestler (for realz!) people of philosophical persuasion have been thinking about what counts as a “sport.” The underlying assumption is that a sport requires a kind of physical exertion, tempered by moderation,…

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Louis C.K. and Philosophy

Louis C.K. and Philosophy Calling Us on our Cognitive Dissonance Roben Torosyan  Cognitive dissonance is always triggered by blatant evidence that you are not as beneficent and effective as you would like people to think. The urge to reduce it is the urge to get your self-serving story straight. (Pinker, 2009, p. 423) Most of…

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The First Heavy Metal President

The world has elected its first heavy metal president, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo—a man who proudly turns it up to 11 when playing Metallica. Some may see this as the end of the world as we know it, but I feel fine about the prospects of a headbanger in chief. Despite misperceptions, metal has had an…

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philosophy

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philosophy Let’s do the time warp again— By Jeffery L. Nicholas   The Rocky Horror Picture Show is almost—almost—indescribable, unclassifiable. RHPS will celebrate its 40th birthday next year.  After having a rough start, RHPS quickly developed cult status, and many of us, I am sure, have attended at least…