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The sect which had the good fortune to be leagued with the conquering party, necessarily shared in the victory of its ally, by whose favour and protection it was soon enabled in some degree to silence and subdue all its adversaries Their first demand was generally, that he should silence... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Digressions&Impressions
A few days ago, while I was drafting a post on Eileen O’Neill's classic, (1998) "Disappearing ink: Early modern women philosophers and their fate in history," the Pogge story broke--, finally. [Yale's Thomas Pogge responds here [recall my criticism of his rhetorical use of polygraphs]]. I was unable to complete... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
I took and passed a polygraph test denying this and various other accusations. I propose and offer to pay for additional polygraph tests of both parties’ conflicting claims with a mutually agreeable expert.--Thomas Pogge, "Response to the Allegations by Fernanda Lopez Aguilar. I was baffled to read the quoted sentence... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
Some have argued, for example, that considerable violence had to be done to Chinese intellectual traditions in order to shape them into something recognisable on the 'world market' as philosophy (for example, they had to be divorced from what we can only identify, in a trivialising manner, as 'calligraphy'), that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
In the last 25 to 30 years historical attention has been directed toward analytic philosophy: some analytic philosophers have begun reflecting on the philosophical tradition they belong to, while many other scholars have been working on what is by now become a well-established discipline known as “history of analytic philosophy”.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Digressions&Impressions
But Seneca the Philosopher, having consider'd the Phenomena of Two remarkable Comets of his Time, made no Scruple to place them amongst the Coelestial Bodies: believing them to be Stars of equal Duration with the World, tho' he owns their Motions to be govern'd by Laws not as then known... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
At the start of chapter 7 of her (1749) Commentary on Newton's Principia, Émilie du Châtelet treats Newton as a decisive breakthrough in generating "some knowledge" of comets' "nature." Indeed, Newton had closed the first edition of the Principia with one of his crowning achievements: a (somewhat clunky) means to... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
What happens in those canonical texts is more than just pursuits of truth and the like. They are also texts that reproduce base ideological forms – or revolutionize them – that are key to reproducing certain kinds of societies. In the case of white Western societies, this means slaving, conquering,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
The vast majority of philosophy departments in the United States offer courses only on philosophy derived from Europe and the English-speaking world. For example, of the 118 doctoral programs in philosophy in the United States and Canada, only 10 percent have a specialist in Chinese philosophy as part of their... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
It may now be affirmed of civilized monarchies, what was formerly said in praise of republics alone, that they are a government of Laws, not of Men. They are found susceptible of order, method, and constancy, to a surprizing degree. Property is there secure; industry encouraged; the arts flourish; and... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
My friends on the right are still peddling stories that promote variants of the culture wars insisting that the market place of ideas is functioning especially badly on elite college campuses, where political correctness is generating ideological conformity. Somehow the market in educating (forgive the oversimplified claim to follow) the... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
But why are tenured philosophy professors unhappy? It doesn’t make very much sense. The job security is pretty good. The pay’s not horrible. You have more control over your time and physical space than most other victims of late capitalism. Objectively speaking, your colleagues are less irritating than when you... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Nationalist (sometimes racialized) identity politics, promoted by demagogues and irresponsible, profit-seeking media which benefit from the frisson, is resurgent. It's not just confined to the tired, European democracies and post-Communist states, but it has resurfaced, scented with violence, at the center of the imperial power. In its wake population and... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Traditions, when vital, embody continuities of conflict. Indeed when a tradition becomes Burkean, it is always dying or dead...What then sustains and strengthens traditions? What weakens and destroys them? The answer in key part is: the exercise or the lack of exercise of the relevant virtues...Lack of justice, lack of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Not the real essence, or texture of parts, which we know not. Nor indeed can we rank and sort things, and consequently (which is the end of sorting) denominate them, by their real essences; because we know them not. Our faculties carry us no further towards the knowledge and distinction... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
9. To choose those constructions which without straining reduce things to the greatest simplicity. The reason of this is manifest by the precedent Rule. Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, & not in the multiplicity & confusion of things. As the world, which to the naked eye exhibits... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Yesterday, I was reminded of the old Somerville Theatre at Davis Square. I use 'old' because it has since been renovated; it was quite shabby when I lived in the area. I encountered Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969) during the animation festival. I had no idea when I first saw it,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
"About twenty years after the ascension of our Saviour, it came to pass, that there was seen by the people of Renfusa...within night, (the night was cloudy, and calm,) as it might be some mile into the sea, a great pillar of light; not sharp, but in form of a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
While studying women is not new,studying them from the perspective of their own experiences so that women can understand themselves and the world can claim virtually no history at all. It is also novel to study gender. The idea of a systematic social construction of masculinity and femininity that is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
If I am right, philosophy now is vastly richer than classical Greece, the age of reason, or any other golden age we care to name: far more (and more able) philosophers with much greater ability to collaborate and learn from one another, a wider understanding of the world around us,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
The intellectual life as portrayed in this film [“The Hedgehog”--ES] has four central features: 1) It is a form of the inner life of a person, a place of retreat and reflection. 2) As such it is withdrawn from the world, where ‘the world' is understood in its (originally Platonic,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
[Interviewer]: Looking back, I get the sense that –correct me if this is a wrong analysis- there’s been great progress on issues of recognition in the U.S., marriage equality and so on, and even on issues of visibility, with things like having a black president. Has there been too much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
Sociable Letters (by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle) is described as “Primitive Letter Fiction Depicting Domestic Life,” under “Minor Fiction” in The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, Volume 2; Volumes 1660-1800 edited by George Watson (Cambridge 1971), p. 976. Last week, at a lovely conference hosted by Marcy Lascano... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions
I thought on the Tricks made use of by the Women that would teach Children to be mannerly. When an aukward Girl, before she can either Speak or Go, begins after many Intreaties to make the first rude Essays of Curt’sying, the Nurse falls in an ecstacy of Praise There’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Digressions&Impressions