SINGAPORE: Around 940,000 Singaporean Housing and Development Board (HDB) households will receive S$134 million worth of Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebates in the 2020 financial year (from April 2020 to March 2021). This is part of the Government's Care and Support Package announced as part of Budget 2020 to help households with their expenses. In a news release on Wednesday (Mar 25), the Ministry of Finance said that in total, each eligible household will receive 1.5 to 3.5 months of S&CC rebate, depending on flat type. It will be disbursed every three months, starting in April. Eligible households will receive a letter from the end of March with more details. The S&CC rebate has been paid out annually by the Government since 2013, and is used to offset a household's S&CC payment directly. For households who pay their S&CC through GIRO, their Town Councils will make the necessary arrangement with their banks. READ: Budget 2020: … [Read more...] about About 940,000 HDB households to receive S$134 million in S&CC rebates
Source: "Othello's Lamentation" by William Salter, from Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0 We start this series of comments on aesthetic cognitivism with reflections by the psychologist Ellen Winner, author of the book How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration . Aesthetic cognitivism refers to the philosophical claim that aesthetic engagement advances knowledge and enhances understanding. Is this claim true? How would we know? By Ellen Winner In his book, Ways of Worldmaking , philosopher Nelson Goodman makes the bold claim that “the arts must be taken no less seriously than the sciences as modes of discovery, creation, and enlargement of knowledge in the broad sense of advancement of the understanding” (Goodman, 1978, p. 102). Painter György Kepes said that both the artist and the scientist “reach beneath surface phenomena to discover basic natural pattern and basic natural process" (Kepes, 1960, p. 6). These statements have a “feel right” quality to them, … [Read more...] about What Does Aesthetic Cognitivism Really Mean, Anyway?
Source: "Bust of Plato (Vatican Museum, Rome)" by Dudva/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0 We continue this series of comments on aesthetic cognitivism with reflections by the philosopher Noël Carroll, author of Art in Three Dimensions , among other books. Aesthetic cognitivism refers to the philosophical claim that aesthetic engagement advances knowledge and enhances understanding. Is this claim true? How would we know? By Noël Carroll My area of expertise is the philosophy of art. Arguably my field began with the debate over the cognitive value of art. As Plato announced in his Republic , there is an ancient quarrel between poetry and philosophy (although some commentators suspect that actually Plato started the quarrel). Basically, Plato argued that art—aka poetry—could not function as a source of knowledge. Plato advanced several arguments on behalf of this conclusion, including the allegation that artists traded in appearances rather than reality and, moreover, … [Read more...] about The Relation of Art and Cognition