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Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.
When they locked up the incurably sick, I remained silent; I was not incurably sick.
When they came for the Jehovah's Witnesses, I did not speak out; I was not a Jehovah's Witnesses.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the people in occupied countries, I remained silent; I wasn't a person in an occupied country.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
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In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
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December 07, 2008
CFP - Dating & Philosophy
Dating & Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
University of Sydney
Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
The City College of New York
We seek titles and abstracts for a new volume in the Wiley-Blackwell series Philosophy for Everyone, under the general editorship of Fritz Allhoff. As with previous titles now subsumed under the series—Wine & Philosophy, Beer & Philosophy, Food & Philosophy, and Running & Philosophy—Dating & Philosophy will integrate the insights of philosophers and interdisciplinary academics such as sociologists, psychologists, computer scientists and biologists in order to explore the philosophical, societal, psychological, digital, and biological implications of dating. The abstracts and resulting selected papers should be written for an educated, but non-specialized, audience.
Dating is a fraught endeavor that we all have engaged in at some point, and something that some of us are rather better at than others.
Countless philosophical questions are raised by the perfectly general question, “How should we date?” Suggestions include, but are not limited to, papers that consider the ethical aspects of dating, and papers that consider the prudential aspects of dating. Papers that consider both are especially welcome.
The Ethical Aspects of Dating
Truth telling in dating: To what extent and under what circumstances should we tell a date the truth about ourselves? Is it permissible to date multiple people simultaneously, and if so, under what circumstances and for how long?
Sex and dating: Does the third date rule really apply?
Age and dating: At what age is it permissible to start dating? How great an age difference can there be between people who are dating? Do substantial age differences in dating couples point to ethical considerations? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
Dating and not dating: When is it “a date” and when is it not? Does it matter? How long should a couple date before either moving forward or splitting up? At what point, and under what circumstances is someone being strung along?
Dating and friends: Is it possible to transform a friendship into dating, or does each require totally different skill sets? Is it permissible to date your best friend’s ex?
Dating, family and society: When dating, does family approval matter?
Essays considering the complexities of interracial dating, cross-cultural dating and socially disavowed dating are welcome.
Internet dating: Does a “virtual” first meeting change the ethics of subsequent dates? Are the “truth” issues related to Internet dating the same as those stemming from face-to-face encounters? Also of interest are essays describing a purely virtual dating relationship, one in which the daters never actually meet.
No longer dating: How is it best to end a dating relationship? Does an email or text message suffice? What are the ethical or psychological ramifications of dumping or being dumped?
The Prudential Aspects of Dating
Dating and evolution: Do the hormonal changes that occur early in dating lead to rational or irrational choices in partner selection? What role do pheromones play in partner selection, if any? What are the biological implications of daters “selecting”—or ruling out--potential partners due to height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.? Is someone who can pay for dinner going to be a better provider than someone who cannot? What sorts of unconscious processes lead us to choose this person rather than that?
Effective dating: Is it possible to maximize one’s chances of good mate selection? Is it possible to learn how to maximize one’s chances of good mate selection thanks to the lessons of poor mate selection? In other words, so we learn from our “mistakes”? Does repetition compulsion influence dating life? Can decision theory and game theory teach us whom to date? Are the chances for dating success enhanced by choosing dates “in our league”—in terms of looks, money, status, profession, age, and so on? What’s “marketable” in dating and what is it worth? How many people should we date before choosing a permanent partner?
Ethical and Prudential Aspects of Dating
Flirtation: Is flirting necessarily an intentional act or just fun in itself?
Parents’ dates: Are your parents dating too? Do we relate to our parents’ dates differently than our own? Do we judge them by a different set of standards? At what point is it appropriate for a parent to introduce a “date” into the family dynamic?
The emphasis is on making contributions entertaining as well as scholarly, and given the topic at hand we welcome proposals that are provocative, humorous, or even a bit cheeky. We are looking for original and quirky proposals, so be imaginative. Please attend to the following guidelines:
• Abstract of paper (approximately 250 words) due by December 15, 2008
• Accepted authors will receive notification by January 15, 2008
• The submission deadline for accepted papers will be Summer 2009
• Final papers must be between 4000-5000 words and be aimed at a general, educated audience.
• Abstracts should be submitted electronically to
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