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  1. Aristotle in Maimonides' Guide For The Perplexed: An Analysis of Maimonidean Refutation Against The Jewish Kalam [Download]

    Title: Aristotle in Maimonides' Guide For The Perplexed: An Analysis of Maimonidean Refutation Against The Jewish Kalam
    Author: Dome, Garrett
    Description: Influenced by Islamic thought, Mutakallimun or Jewish Kalamists began to pervade Judaic philosophy during the 12th Century. 1 In Rambam Maimonides’ Guide For The Perplexed, crucial tenants of this newly developed sect are ridiculed and proven illogical from an Aristotelean perspective. More specifically, drawing heavily from both Aristotle’s Physics and Metaphysics, Maimonides refutes the Kalamic belief that God’s creation happened within time. After describing Maimonides’ understanding of Aristotle’s four causes, I will move into a deeper analysis of why Maimonides believed geometrical demonstration was invalid according to the Kalam and its subsequent temporal proofs. While this essay may not expand the readers knowledge of Aristotle or Maimonides respectfully, it will strengthen their understanding of how Aristotle’s ideological lineage has warped due to historical advancements surrounding philosophy.
    Keywords: I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, Kiev Research Fellowship, Philosophy, Maimonides, Aristotle
    Date Uploaded: 11/15/2017
  2. Decennial Self-Study for Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) October 2017 Draft [Download]

    Title: Decennial Self-Study for Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) October 2017 Draft
    Author: Steering Committee and Working Groups, Office of the Provost
    Description: The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary membership association of colleges and universities located in the mid-Atlantic region. As part of GW’s accreditation process, a comprehensive self-study that evaluates the university’s progress over the past decade has been developed. This draft was posted on the Provost's website and opened for comments from the GW community. Institutions in MSCHE’s jurisdiction undergo reaccreditation every 10 years. The multiyear process involves a self-study, a campus visit from a team of academics and administrators from other institutions who have read the self-study, and a ruling on the accreditation status of the institution. MSCHE accreditation applies across the university, regardless of accreditation processes for individual schools or programs. In early 2016, GW formed a steering committee for its upcoming accreditation process, which is led by Paul Duff, professor of religion, and Cheryl Beil, associate provost for academic planning and assessment. In addition to the steering committee, eight working groups composed of representatives of all 10 GW schools are focused on: 1. Mission and goals 2. Ethics and integrity 3. Design and delivery of student learning experience 4. Support of student learning experience 5. Educational effectiveness assessment 6. Planning, resources and institutional improvement 7. Governance, leadership and administration 8. Compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations
    Keywords: Middle States Commission on Higher Education , Self-Study, GW Office of the Provost , Accreditation , University Archives
    Date Uploaded: 10/24/2017
  3. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule: National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone [Download]

    Title: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule: National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone
    Author: Cox, Louis Anthony (Tony), Jr.
    Description: The Clean Air Act directs the EPA Administrator to set “primary,” or health-based, NAAQS at levels that are “requisite to protect the public health … allowing an adequate margin of safety,” based on “air quality criteria [that] shall accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge useful in indicating the kind and extent of all identifiable effects on public health or welfare which may be expected from the presence of such pollutant in the ambient air, in varying quantities.” §108(a)(2) It further requires the Administrator to set “secondary” (welfare-based) standards basedon these criteria at a level “requisite to protect the public welfare from any known or anticipated adverse effects.” (This comment focuses exclusively on the primary standard.)
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Policy, Public Interest, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  4. Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z) [Download]

    Title: Prepaid Accounts Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (Regulation E) and the Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)
    Author: Taylor, Blake
    Description: This Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “Bureau”) proposed rule would extend various consumer protections to prepaid account products. Protections for traditional bank account and credit products now exist through Regulation E, which governs electronic funds transfers, and Regulation Z, which governs the use of consumer credit. However, prepaid accounts such as debit cards that can be pre-loaded with funds are currently unregulated. CFPB proposes to amend Regulation E and Regulation Z to apply existing and new protections to these relatively new financial products by imposing various information disclosure, limited liability, error resolution, and consumer credit requirements. Although this comment provides an overview of the proposed rule’s requirements, its statutory authority for doing so, and an analysis of its consideration of regulatory principles, the main focus is an analysis of CFPB’s information disclosure requirements.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Policy, Public Interest, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  5. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex [Download]

    Title: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule: Discrimination on the Basis of Sex
    Author: White, Lynn
    Description: In the proposed rule, the DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) asserts that since the Sex Discrimination Guidelines were first issued in 1970, there have been “historic changes to sex discrimination law, in both statutory and case law, and to contractor policies and practices as a result of the nature and extent of women’s participation in the labor force.” As such, the OFCCP issued the proposed rule to “revise the Sex Discrimination Guidelines to align the sex discrimination standards under Executive Order 11246 with developments and interpretations of existing title VII principles and the OFCCP’s corresponding interpretation of the Executive Order.” The proposed rule would eliminate the existing Guidelines and replace them with regulations “with the full force and effect of law." The proposal would remove outdated provisions in the Guidelines, clarify others, and add new protections that have been established since 1970.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Policy, Public Interest, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  6. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Proposed Rule: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems [Download]

    Title: The Federal Aviation Administration’s Proposed Rule: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    Author: Taylor, Blake
    Description: This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposal would allow small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS) pursuant to specific limitations and standards, which address small UAS operation, operator certification, and registration. Small UAS currently may not operate for non-recreational (i.e. commercial) purposes in the NAS. By allowing commercial small UAS to operate, the FAA expects to enable businesses to use small UAS to improve the efficiency of existing enterprises. Although the FAA foresees “potential societally beneficial applications of small UAS,” it intends to integrate them in a way that poses minimal public risk.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  7. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017 [Download]

    Title: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Rule Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2017
    Author: Miller, Sofie E.
    Description: As a part of its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing biofuel blending targets for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The RFS requires refiners to blend specific amounts of renewable fuels into transportation fuel, such as gasoline and diesel. The RFS program was created in 2005 to reduce both American dependence on foreign oil and domestic gasoline consumption. The RFS program “was created to promote substantial, sustained growth in biofuel production and consumption” resulting in “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced energy security, economic development, and technological innovation.” To that end, this proposal would mandate the production of 17.4 billion gallons of total renewable fuel in 2016, an 850 million gallon increase from the last published standards promulgated for 2013.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administratie Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  8. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Draft Regulatory Basis: Financial Qualifications for Reactor Licensing [Download]

    Title: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Draft Regulatory Basis: Financial Qualifications for Reactor Licensing
    Author: Brock, Gerald W.
    Description: This comment on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Draft Regulatory Basis regarding financial qualifications for reactor licensing does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest, but is designed to evaluate the effect of the NRC’s proposal on overall consumer welfare. Although the current NRC materials do not place this proceeding in the context of President Obama’s retrospective review order, this is a good example of retrospective review. The NRC has observed that the link between the current financial requirements and the regulatory goal of increased safety is weak to non-existent and that non-regulated merchant plants find the current rules particularly burdensome.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  9. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Proposed Rule: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2 [Download]

    Title: The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Proposed Rule: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles – Phase 2
    Author: Mannix, Brian F.
    Description: In response to a directive from President Obama,3 and using their respective statutory authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have jointly proposed a set of standards to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and (almost equivalently) fuel efficiency for medium and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. In contrast to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards that NHTSA has long administered, the vehicles covered by the current proposal are almost entirely commercial vehicles used by businesses – not by households.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017
  10. EPA’s Proposed Rule: Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Electric Utility Generating Units [Download]

    Title: EPA’s Proposed Rule: Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Electric Utility Generating Units
    Author: Mannix, Brian F.
    Description: The questions or whether to develop a “mass-based” or “rate-based” emissions trading program under that rule arise in the context of EPA’s EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan or Federal Implementation Plans, so we are re-filing the comment in the current docket for the Agency’s consideration. The comment concludes that a rate-based trading program, similar to the EPA’s successful program for trading lead in gasoline in the 1980s, has compelling advantages over a mass-based program.
    Keywords: Regulation, Administrative Law, Economic Analysis, Public Interest, Public Policy, Regulatory Studies, Regulatory Policy, Public Comments
    Date Uploaded: 10/04/2017