Despite practicing metaphysics for the better part of a decade, I have no idea what it is. A cursory look at the literature reveals at least a dozen distinct accounts of the nature of metaphysics as a discipline. That's horrifying. In this paper, I attempt four things. First, I lay out three desiderata for shaping the discussion of what metaphysics is: (i) Appropriateness; (ii) Neutrality and (iii) Uniqueness. Second, I provide a taxonomy of meta-metaphysical positions regarding the nature of metaphysics itself.
In this paper we provide a psychological explanation for ‘grounding observations’—observations that are thought to provide evidence that there exists a relation of ground. Our explanation does not appeal to the presence of any such relation. Instead, it appeals to certain evolved cognitive mechanisms, along with the traditional modal relations of supervenience, necessitation and entailment.
For some time now, the dominant theory of social cognition has been mindreading (or mentalizing); the ability to attribute mental states in order to explain and predict behaviour. The current state of the art is implicit mindreading: an inherited capacity for automatic and fast mentalizing. However, implicit mindreading has come under pressure, for example the experiments that are supposed to support infant mindreading are problematic and alternative explanations are available. Cecelia Heyes has been at the forefront of these critiques.
Preliminary analysis of the Indigenous sample of the 2015 Northern Territory Gambling Prevalence and Wellbeing Survey
This seminar explores the themes of a research project into reciprocal accountability and the public value created by Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley. The concept of public value was advanced by Moore in the early 1980s when neo-liberal public management first threatened to dominate the administrative apparatus of the Anglophone states. It has been refined since, and offers an alternative, now that neo-liberal public management faces widespread public disillusion.
Analyses of mortality data in Australia generally do not examine the period before the formation of the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics in 1905. Yet detailed information on death and its causes is available from the commencement of civil registration in the colonies in the mid-nineteenth century, beginning with Tasmania as far back as 1838. By 1856, all colonies had enacted legislation for the compulsory registration of births, deaths and marriages.
Frank Bongiorno - Welcome: Why does the centenary of the conscription crisis matter?
I distinguish 20th century Constructivists (e.g. Goodman, Putnam) whose anti-Realism is global and is motivated by epistemic and semantic concerns about Realism from 21st century Constructivists (e.g.
Leonard Wood won fame at the sharp end of the American Empire – first with Theodore Roosevelt in Cuba during the Spanish American War and then in the Philippines as Governor of Moro Province, where he led the brutal suppression of an indigenous rebellion between 1903 and 1906. He then served as Army Chief of Staff between 1910 and 1914, and then argued for American military preparedness as World War I engulfed the rest of the western world. Along the way Wood grew ever closer to the Republican Party, to Roosevelt, and alienated the Democratic Wilson administration.
In Australia, there are socio-demographic differences in children’s outcomes. Evidence suggests that these differences can extend into adulthood. Work and family structures are important environmental influences on children’s development, which may contribute to inequality. However, it is not well understood how the impact of parental work arrangements on children varies between different families. This project seeks to understand how the work‑family interface differs between families with different socio‑demographic characteristics.
Many prominent cognitive neuroscientists argue that the present categories of cognitive science are badly misguided, and that neuroscientific work will radically revise our 'cognitive ontology.' Implicit in these debates is the assumption that cognitive science must aim at unification, in part because cognitive models of different domains must ultimately interact with one another. That can be denied, and has been denied by a number of so-called contextualists, including (apparently) me.
A Third Perspective between Colonialism and Nationalism: Inter-Colonial Health Governing Schemes of the League of Nations’ Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference, Bandung 1937
Shortly after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War, the League of Nations held the Far Eastern Rural Hygiene Conference in Bandung, which was hosted by the Dutch East Indies government, between 3–13 August 1937. The conference of 1937 has long been overshadowed by the other Bandung Conference of 1955, which launched the third force of non-alliance in the bipolar Cold War politics, led by post-colonial leaders in Asia.
Since 2011, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has been collecting individual service level data from Indigenous primary health care organisations against a set of national key performance indicators. These indicators look at both the organisational processes and health outcomes in the areas of maternal and child health; preventative health and chronic disease management. The AIHW works with services to improve their data quality and return the data back to services to inform their own continuous quality improvement activities.
Bhutan is witnessing a wave of drastic fertility decline in recent decades. Its total fertility rate (TFR) currently sits at 2.3 children per woman. Bhutan’s TFR declined from a high of 5.6 in 1994 to a near replacement fertility level of 2.3 in 2012. Since fertility is considered one of the principal determinants of population growth, its changes mainly affect the age-structure, size and distribution of any population. The median age of population in Bhutan stands at 24 years, demonstrating a young population structure.
Around the world the urgency, strength and legitimacy of Indigenous people's concerns, aspirations and values are increasing as Indigenous people exert their rights and treaties in the judicial courts, the political arena and the court of public opinion. As a result of land loss and severe control and limitations set by the various levels of government on the free use of and continuing benefit from their natural resources, Indigenous people have become increasingly dependent on welfare measures (United Nations, 2009: 24-25).