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  • n. Plural form of idealisation.


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  • Embodying perverse idealisations of sex and power as acts of transgression, it is the libertine's idyll, the fetishist's idyll, the decadent idyll of the teenage rebel at odds with moral authority but defined entirely in terms of that antagonism; but it is nevertheless an idyll.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Our mostly religiously based taboos on discussing sex, about teens having sex, about birth control, STD prevention and protection mean that not only can our society not handle the realities of sexuality, but it then uses these misogynistic, damaging, and totally unrealistic idealisations to replace the healthy sex that is nearly completely missing in our culture.

    Spark: Generation M(isogyny) | Mind on Fire

  • This is natural since, while Worrall's motivation for introducing structural realism was solely the need for a realist response to the pessimistic meta-induction, French and Ladyman introduced OSR to describe a form of structural realism motivated by two further problems: identity and individuality of quantum particles and spacetime points, and entanglement; scientific representation, in particular the role of models and idealisations in physics.

    Structural Realism

  • But the problem with such idealisations is that they seem question-begging.

    Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mathematics

  • All such phases or states of matter are idealisations of real material properties.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • I'd call him the first Modernist painter (and I'm not alone in this, I understand) because he's quite distinct from his Renaissance forebears in the sheer humanism of his work -- but at the same time never surrenders to the idealisations that set the Romantics and the Neo-Classicists at each others 'throats.

    Archive 2005-12-01

  • Its way of making objects is quite Platonic in that some of them act as idealisations of concepts--Ideas--from which manifestations can be created.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • A different kind of case that Elgin offers concerns scientific idealisations, such as the ideal gas law.

    The Value of Knowledge

  • Is not the German mind so alive to the material facts of life, to the necessity of getting hold of concrete advantages in life, and of not letting them go, that it deliberately slackens the bent bow, and plunges itself and relaxes itself in floods of abstractions, and idealisations, and dreams of sentimentality?

    A Desperate Character

  • These were no pictures, no idealisations, but photographed realities.

    When the Sleeper Wakes


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