Adbusters, Issue 58: Bar Code

AB58: Bar Code
(March/April 2005)

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters is a not-for-profit, reader-supported journal inquisitive about the erosion of our actual and cultural environments by way of advertisement forces. for the reason that 1989, the journal has been featured in 1000s of different and mainstream newspapers, magazines, tv and radio exhibits. recognized around the world for sparking Occupy Wall road, Adbusters can be chargeable for social media campaigns similar to purchase not anything Day and electronic Detox Week.

Included within the journal are incisive philosophical articles and activist statement, coupled with effect layout that seeks to unbound the normal journal layout. concerns correct to our modern second, corresponding to media focus, weather swap and genetically transformed meals are on a regular basis featured. We hunt down a global the place economic climate and ecology exist in concord. through demanding humans to turn into members instead of spectators, Adbusters takes target at company disinformation, international injustice and the industries and governments who actively pollute and spoil our actual and psychological commons.

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Though he taught at Cambridge for more than a decade, he never let himself be enveloped in the prevailing scholastic mist and the petty obsessions of academic philosophy. He is always someone determined to think his own thoughts, never just a professor of philosophy. He speaks for no one but himself. " What reminds one, perhaps, most of Socrates in Wittgenstein are the patience and persistence with which he pursues his questions. Unhurried and yet relentless, both of them tease and harry the problems that concern them, hunting them down into their most hidden caves and corners.

His answer, roughly, is that our use of proper names is governed by a loose set of descriptions, and just as a descriptive expression can be meaningful even though nothing falls under it, so too a proper name can be meaningful even if it lacks a bearer. The distinctive feature of this account, which sets it apart from similar views found in the writings of Frege and Russell, is that the set of descriptions can form a loose, shifting cluster and thus lack a definite or determinate sense. This rejection of definite sense for proper names is, however, part of a general critique of the dogma of definiteness of sense and is better discussed under the heading of logical perfectionism.

Tirelessly they come back, again and again, to what preoccupies them. Profoundly concerned with the very words into which we have cast our philosophical predicaments, they still never lose sight of the great issues that lie behind them. Wittgenstein once suggested that it should be possible to write a philosophical text that consists of nothing but questions. His writing is, indeed, anything but constative in character. He suggests, asks, admonishes, calls for experiments in thought, action, and imagination.

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