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In Mach, of course. we have a classic case of this abusive empiricism. It is a case that also exemplifies a characteristic tendency. a kind of Nemesis, of what we might call "hypercritical" philosophic theories-theories that lay down methodological standards or criteria which are actually impossible to practice. The tendency... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
There might be — if the first-choice candidate already chose to publicize the rejected offer, and a professional news blog chose to carry the story. Trumpeting senior offers that are rejected is a way of very publicly revealing subsequent appointments as having been second-or-later choice candidates, with optics unlikely to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
In the Netherlands, long term trends in student demand are -- given budgetary rules -- driving foreign language & literature studies at university level into extinction. Of course, the previous sentence glosses over lots of local variance at the local university level, including bureaucratic rent-seeking of a technocratic management class,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
The [foreign] seamen were not unskilled in managing wind and water; but they were most grateful to him, Raphael said, for showing them the use of the compass, of which they had been entirely ignorant. For that reason they had formerly sailed with great timidity, and only in summer. Now... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
I use philosophy to help support, generate and defend research, advocacy and activism that might change the current plight of Black people in the US, particularly promoting better conditions for Black cis- and trans* women, girls and gender non-conforming people. In other words, I am a Black feminist professional philosopher... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you, Sergio.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
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This is an invited guest-post by Adam Morton--ES.] Perception, consciousness, language, and memory interact in our awareness of musical pitches and keys differently than in visual perception. For example there is good evidence that we remember pitches more accurately than we are aware of, even when we are vividly conscious... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
On 2. I think this is very tricky and I am not convinced you are right about the Egyptian front. 3. I think it keeps all the strategic ambiguity that is at the core of the problems I diagnose; 5. The alternative is talking with the enemy about a final settlement; such a settlement will be unable to achieve justice for all. Besides, there is plenty of peace without justice.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
Thank you for commenting. Michael. In response (1) This is sophism. 2. Israel was saved by the US in 1973 and that's what made it a limited war. 3. The faults of others don't make your own any less so. I am talking about Zionism's strategic ambiguity that generates part of the open-ended-war-cycle. 4. I agree that the international community could do a lot more to ensure a peaceful situation. 5. There is plenty of blame to go around and if you prefer to discuss justice there are lots of folk who will talk to you about their injustices.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on On Renewing Zionism at Digressions&Impressions
At a discussion I ran at UIC [University of Illinois at Chicago] about 10 days ago, I asked the liberal Zionist participants what might be the point at which they would give up on the possibility of a Jewish and democratic state in Israel. For me, we have just passed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Brian Leiter calls attention to this important story at Inside Higer Ed: Andrew Ross, a professor of social and cultural analysis at the New York City campus and president of N.Y.U.’s American Association of University Professors chapter, was prohibited by U.A.E. authorities from boarding an Abu Dhabi-bound plane at New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
I do not blog as much about my teaching experiences in relation to their significance in my life (but see here), in part, because I want to protect the privacy and, more subtly, the intimacy of my experiences with my students (recall). But the main reason I tend to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
One of the most famous anecdotes about Spinoza is that after the (1672) massacre of De Witt brothers, he was inclined to place a sheet of paper at the murder site with, "Ultimi barbarorum" (ultimate barbarian) [see, e.g., Della Rocca]. Leaving aside the veracity of the story and what it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
None but those of the happiest mould are capable of suiting, with exact justness, their sentiments and behaviour to the smallest difference of situation, and of acting upon all occasions with the most delicate and accurate propriety. The coarse clay of which the bulk of mankind are formed, cannot be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
The compositionality constraint exerted a powerful force in the direction of systematicity. In practice, the only semantic theories to exhibit (rather than merely claim) such a compositional structure were those for formally specified languages. Without such a formal semantics, a philosophy of language looked badly undeveloped to new wavers. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Once, about twenty years ago, I appeared in a short movie, Left Shoe,+with Gael Garcia Bernal.* In what has to count as one of the greatest casting blunders ever, I was the star of the film (which flopped) and not him. At the time I had already decided to become... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
History is often said to be written by the winners. In the case of analytic philosophy, however, there is a danger that history will be written predominantly by the losers. One reason is that analytic philosophy is a somewhat anti-historical tradition, especially where it most resembles a science, in aspiration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Some others, more willing to believe that there has been progress in philosophy since 1970, still find value in engaging with Wittgenstein’s work. Nevertheless, his influenced has declined drastically over the past forty years. No doubt that could be roughly measured by his proportion of citations in journals. But what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
The Hebrews hold these same books in such reverence that no one under forty years of age is permitted even to touch them. I acquired these books at considerable expense and, reading them from beginning to end with the greatest attention and with unrelenting toil, I discovered in them (as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
[Due to technical problems this post appears a few days late--ES] With this special sensitivity to concealed connections and affinities, for transitions and cross currents, went [A] a rooted distaste for sharp delineation and the drawing of firm distinctions between ideas and thinkers. Cassirer's tendency was [B] to conciliate and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
Another and more satisfying answer to the problem has been the assumption that the opposing schools of philosophy do not merely have a common share in error but that they rather share in a common truth. This assumption was held in antiquity by the so-called eclectics and by the Neo-Platonists;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
From learning to pity the misfortunes of the heroes of our novels, we wind up feeling too much pity for our own.--Borges (The End, translated by A. Hurley) [HT Michael Deckard] If one grants that moral education is a possible consequence of engaged reading of novels, then an immoral education... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
While I was thus dividing my thoughts, now turning my attention to some terrestrial object that lay before me, now raising my soul, as I had done my body, to higher planes, it occurred to me to look into my copy of St. Augustine's Confessions, a gift that I owe... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions
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[This is a guest post by Cailin O’Connor and Justin P. Bruner.--ES] In a new paper – Diversity in Epistemic Communities – we use evolutionary game theoretic models to argue that even in the absence of stereotype threat, explicit bias, or implicit bias, underrepresented groups in academia can end up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Digressions&Impressions